Tuesday 9 October 2012

Arachuvitta Chicken Kulambu / South Indian Village Style Chicken Gravy

In earlier days people used to cook recipes using fresh homemade spice powders and it was healthier, fresh, aromatic and tastier too; even now some people still use freshly ground masala and spice powders and nothing can beat its taste and flavor. This arachuvitta chicken curry or fresh ground spices chicken curry is such a authentic or village style curry were the fresh aroma of spices occupies the whole recipe. To get the perfect taste and flavors try using fresh home-made spice powders or masala in your recipes. Here comes a recipe that uses fresh homemade spice powder; it is a South Indian village style curry recipe where spices are roasted and ground to get an awesome aromatic powder and used immediately to make the curry. The chicken pieces blends well with this spice powder and gives an awesome tasting chicken curry. It tastes so good and goes well with Rice, Roti, Chapati, Poori, and specially Crispy Dosas and Idlis. Lets see how to make this flavorful and delicious curry. 


Serves 3 
Total Preparation Time - 30 minutes
  1. Chicken - 400 grams 
  2. Shallots / Pearl onions - 15 (75 grams)
  3. Tomatoes - 1/2 of a big tomato
  4. Ginger-Garlic paste - 2 spoons (ginger - 3 inch long piece; garlic 3; some water)
  5. Dry red chillies - 8 to 10 (6 grams)
  6. Coriander seeds / Dhania - 1 spoon (6 grams)
  7. Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1 spoon (4 grams) 
  8. Fennel seeds / Sombu - 1/2 spoon (2 grams)
  9. Cinnamon stick - 1 inch long 
  10. Coconut pieces - 7 pieces (3 inch long pieces, nearly 75 grams or from 1/4 of a coconut)
  11. Curry leaves - A handful (4 grams) 
  12. Coriander leaves - Few 
  13. Gingelly oil - 5 spoons 


  • Wash chicken pieces well in water. Apply 1/2 spoon of turmeric powder and 1/2 spoon of salt on chicken pieces and set aside for 15 minutes. Then wash it well again in water.
  • Add the coconut pieces into a blender and blend well into a fine paste by adding some water. 
  • Heat a pan and add all the following in to it; See that the flame is on low mode;
(For Spice Powder)
1. Coriander seeds 1 spoon (6 grams)
2. Dry red chillies - 8 to 10 (6 grams) 
3. Curry leaves - A handful (4 grams) 
4. Cinnamon stick - 1 inch long 
5. Cumin seeds 1 spoon (4 grams) 
6. Fennel seeds - 1/2 spoon (2 grams)
  • Dry roast all the above ingredients until you get a nice flavor and the curry leaves become easily crush-able. Do not burn or over roast them. 
  • Remove from flame and set aside until it reaches room temperature. Then add it into a blender and grind it into a fine powder. You will get approximately 18 grams of powder. 
  • Now heat a pan / wok / pressure cooker bottom and add oil into it. Then add curry leaves and saute fro a few seconds.
  • Now add the chopped onions and saute until it turns translucent. 
  • Then add ginger garlic paste saute until raw smell leaves. 
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomato pieces turn pulpy.  
  • Now add the washed chicken pieces and saute well for 2 minutes. 
  • Then add the coconut paste and prepared masala powder (Spice powder) and stir well. 
  • Add 500 ml of water and salt and mix well. 
  • Cook on high flame for 20 minutes or until the chicken gets cooked well. 
  • Then change the flame to low mode add some coriander leaves and cook until the oil separates from the gravy. 
  • Remove from flame and serve!!

TIP 1: Do not over-roast the spices just a mild roasting on low flame will do. 

TIP 2: Addition of curry leaves gives a very good flavor and nice aroma, but still you can avoid it. 

TIP 3: You can also add a cloves and 2 cardamom pods if you like its flavor. 

TIP 4: While making the coconut paste first grind the pieces into a coarse mixture without adding water; then add some water and blend well into a fine paste. This will help get a fine paste. 

TIP 5: If you want to cook it soon then pressure cook the curry for 10  minutes and remove from flame.

Aromatic and Delicious Arachuvitta Chicken Kulambu is now ready!! Serve with Rice, Roti, Poori or Chapati!!

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  1. Omg, mouthwatering here, such a delicious and tempting...

  2. congrats divya.. like the masalas you have used here :)

  3. woww.divs it seems chicken is ur fav.

  4. the curry leaf picture is awesome..i totally forgot tht this is a food blog :P

  5. Wonderful chicken curry with tempting clicks.

    Today's recipe:

  6. Congrats..... I love this village style chicken gravy.

  7. Chicken curry looks delicious...

  8. Yummy and lovely curry dear...

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  9. Congrats Divya. Very nice chicken kulambu...love that native touch very much dear.

  10. I love cooking with fresh spices too, and use them as much as I possibly can. They definitel turn out much more flavourful. I love this recipe and going to give it a try.

    Congratulations on the award :)

  11. Delicious Chicken curry Divya, fresh powders always makes difference.

  12. Awesome preparation...Mouthwatering curry...love it...

  13. Excellent pair for rice and rotis, droolworthy definitely.

  14. Very good Kuzhambu. We had it with rice for lunch and puris for dinner - Yummy!! I did add the cardamom and cloves while toasting the spices, and also some whole black pepper.

    It was a bit time consuming as I ground everything fresh, but the instructions were easy to follow :)

    Thanks for sharing! I look forward to trying out more recipes from your site!


    1. Hi Preeti,

      Thanks for trying the recipe and glad to know that you loved the recipe :) Thanks for sharing your feedback... it means me a lot :) Yeah its a bit time consuming but worth the time spent :)

      Do try my other recipes too.. Would love to hear from you!!


    2. i tried this spicy & yummy kuzhambu...i too added 2-3 cloves and followed the recipe as such, it turned out to good..we all loved it, Thanks for this lovely recipe Divya!

  15. Really superb dish very detailed information in grams please tell the tomotto in grams

  16. Excellent and yummy chicken gravy cooking in the pot. Just tasted for salt and its simply heavenly! Thanks Divya. - Sashi


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