Karaikudi Chicken Varuval

When I first tried this recipe in a famous restaurant in Brickfields, I like the taste very much. The waiter told me that Karaikudi Chicken Varuval tastes spicy and hot when compared with other chicken varuvals.  Since then I looked for the recipe.  I tried few recipes, and  at last I got this.  Its a fantastic dish for your dinner.


Chicken- 1/2 kg

Onion-1 Chopped

Tomato-1 Chopped

Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp

Chill powder- 1 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp

Cumin – 1/2 tsp

Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp

Oil - 2 tbsp

Salt- To taste

Roast and grind:

Red Chillies- 5

Coriander seeds-2 spoon

Ginger- 1 inch

Garlic- 6

Cinnamon- 2 inch

Cardamom- 2

Black Pepper- 1 tsp

Cloves- 2

Grated coconut- 2 tsp

Curry leaves- 2 sprig

Preparation :

  • Roast the red chillies, coriander seeds, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, cloves, curry leaves and grated coconut in a pan with a little oil. Add water and grind to a fine paste.
  • Clean the chicken and add turmeric powder, chili powder and salt. Keep aside for thirty minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds to splutter. Add cumin seeds and fennel seeds. Let it fry for few seconds.

  • Add Onion. Fry till it becomes golden brown in color.
  • Add tomatoes and fry till it becomes soft and pulpy.
  • Add coriander powder and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add the finely ground paste and fry for 3 minutes.
  • Then add the marinated chicken and some water.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 20 minutes or till the chicken pieces are cooked.

  • Stir occasionally.
  • Garnish with curry leaves.

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  1. i'm gonna try this recipe soon Suba...looking delicious...oh yes i tried your chetinnad chicken varuval recipe and it turns out scrumptious...thank you...

  2. most welcome... Pls follow my blog for further recipes...Thank you for your support!

  3. tried the recipe. it was simply delicious

  4. Hi..Red chillies dry or fresh ones to use?

  5. Delicious my family loved it.

  6. Tried this recipe yesterday.. we all loved it so so much.. by the time I grind the spice and smell it, I knew it will turn out great. Thank you for the awesome recipe.