Spicy Andhra Chicken Curry

"I love Curry"

It is a book by Anjum Anand in which I tried all her recipes except few non-vegetarian recipes.I liked all of them and here comes my next entry after the Paneer Bruschetta from her book.

It has now become as one of the most wanted gravies by my family members. I am sure you also like it.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Idle Time: 30 minutes - 8 hours
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4


For Marinade:

Chicken - 400 grams, boneless, skinless
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Plain yogurt/Curd - 2 tablespoons
Lemon Juice - 2 teaspoons
Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Salt - 1/4 teaspoon

For Masala:

Poppy Seeds - 1 tablespoon
Cloves - 6 nos
Whole black pepper - 1/2 tablespoon
Fennel seeds - 2 teaspoons
Dry red chillies - 6 nos
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon stick - 2 inch length piece

For Gravy:

Oil - 4 tablespoons
Onion - 1 no, finely chopped
Tomatoes - 2 no, blended to a smooth paste
Curry Leaves - 2 strings
Salt - to taste
Turmeric powder - as required
Ginger Garlic paste - 2 teaspoons


1) Wash and cut the chicken into cubes. Mix all the ingredients given for marinade and then mix with the chicken cubes. Marinate it for minimum of 30 minutes to maximum of 8 hours or overnight.
 2) Dry roast the ingredients given for roasting and make a fine powder of it after it cools down to room temperature. Colour of the spice powder differs based on the quality of the ingredients used.
3) Heat oil in a thick bottom pan. Add onion and saute until it turns translucent.
4) Add the ginger garlic paste given for gravy. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
5) Add tomato paste and cook until the oil separates from it.
6) Add the dry roasted and powdered spices to the gravy. Add 1/2 cup - 1 cup of water to the pan and continue heating  until the gravy comes to the homogeneous state.
7) Add the chicken with its marinade.  Continue cooking over a high heat, stirring constantly until the yogurt get incorporated with the chicken. Add salt and 1/2 cup of water. Mix well.
8) Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes on low flame. After 5 minutes, stir often, as it help the sauce to a creamy consistency.
9) Taste and adjust the seasoning.
10) Add lemon juice and curry leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice.

1) After adding chicken, it is optional to add water. Chicken cubes itself leaves out some water while cooking. So increase or decrease the water quantity as per your need.
2) Add water with the powdered spice mix to avoid lumps.

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Yummy clicks!!!!!delicious!!!

very attractive curry. pic are super

Spicy chicken curry looks awesome and yummy.

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looks good!!will try it soon :)

Even I am yet to make Paneer Bruscheeta of your's ! this chicken curry looks inviting...Does it have to be with boneless pieces only?

Hamaree Rasoi

loved the colour of the curry..im so much in love with andhra recipes. i will try it soon. nice to see a chicken recipe in ur page after long time

Cloves in meats always work like a charm. I love recipes that use cloves ( more cloves than usual one or two).. beautifully done post and fantastic pictures.

Slurrpp...looks spicy and yummy curry

This looks delicious..Totally YUMMY


slurrp..very tempting curry!!

What an attractive color! simply mouthwatering..bookmarked.

First time in ur place. U have a lovely set of recipes. All looking so good.

Andhra chicken looks so mouthwatering. YUM!

Yummmilcious mouthwatering chicken..
Uma,I had tried your curried apple ,all liked at home..
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Erivum Puliyum

wow....yummy n fabulous way of preperation...

I'm pinning this to make later, looks and sounds perfect for my family.

spicy chicken curry looks very tempting uma .. too good :)

beautiful clicks as usual...chicken curry looks very spicy and tempting.

I love curry, nice recipe.

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nice space vth tasty dishes...happy 2 visit here....visit my space when u find sum time....
this looks delicious vth tempting pics.....

This looks tempting and I must say, you have a lot of patience in taking all the step-by-step pics..Gr8!

What a spicy n yummy mouthwatering curry

A great curry, love the colour and the spices in the masala. Thanks.

Thanks a lot for the recipe.. It did came out well :D

i like ur way of recipe presentation by using step-by-step picture

Very Tasty curry!!! Thanks :)

The curry came out really well...thanks for the recipe...

Hello. Just brought all d stuffs to try out dis recepie today. D pics look so temptin. Just cudnt resist tryin it out. Thanx

Super. Awesome... Loved it.. came very well.. good step by step instructions... it came as Yummy and spicy... :-)

does your picture not have sesame seed in it? yet you say poppy seed...

I can't get it to turn out that dark brown. maybe the wrong seed is the problem!

I used only poppy seeds not sesame seeds. It also called as kasa kasa. Colour of the recipe is not a problem. I got this colour due to masala which I added (which is from black pepper, cinnamon and dry red chilli). you can refer the picture for the colour of the masala.

Right on. They're white poppy seeds then, I thought they only came in black. I'll have to try that sometime!

great receipe .. at first look it seemed like any indian buffet chicken curry but once cooked .. WOW! . THANK YOU.

hey uma,

I tried this receipe.Its simply superb and my husband said its yummy and tasty.thanks

Its really yummy test and easy way to prepare

I tried and got a yummy test thanks

delicious looking chicken...would love to try this weekend... do visit my space too... www.josculinaryjourney.blogpot.in thank you

Abba Abba Abba, Mouth watering i am going to try it right now Bye.

Emergency! Please help!
I am having guests come over in 3 hours and I have used all the spices I had to make the masala powder. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of adding a couple of cardamoms and now the masala powder smells funny. Would continuing with this powder be fine or would I have to rush to the Indian grocer at the other end of town to buy more spices?

Desperate newbie! :(

Sorry. I happen to see your message now only. you can continue with the masala with cardamom to prepare this gravy. It slightly change the taste and favour but otherwise fine.

Hai, i happen to visit ur blog accidently but loved ur recipe becoz it was simple and easy to prepare. My family loved it. Thanks:)

hai, i happen to visit your blog accidently but after reading your spicy chicken recipe i thought of trying it, because it was simple and easy to prepare. i tried it today and my family loved it THANKS :)

Casually came across this recipe and asked my wife to prepare..it came out wonderfully well..thanks..

Looks perfect..any alternative for the poppy seeds..as they r not available here??

Very tasty... But also very fiery 😀. Next time will reduce red chillies and pepper for sure!

Hello Uma. I prepared this last night for dinner and my family simply loved it. According to my father it was a pleasant change from the usual curries we prepare at home. Delicious and very easy to make! Keep posting. I'm trying to cover all Indian recipes these days :)

Tried the recipe it is simply awesome

Super recipe....really authentic...my husband just freaked out on it...surely finger licking good!!!! Thanks a lot for this lovely recipe!!! Prerna

Ttried this recipe today but increased the amount of black peppercorn and dried chilli and also added fresh whole chilli. Very tasty.

Awesome recipe tried it and loved it was doubtful first but outcome very good.

Made this tonight and it came out very well👍

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