Chettinad Cuisine is one of a popular South Indian cuisine. This preparations are generally flavourful and spicy tasty. Today i am posting a chicken recipe which is spicy and easy to make dry preparation. Perfectly suits with plain rice and rasam. This could be served with rotis and parathas too.

Easy to make dish with the ingredients available in our pantry. Simple yet delicious preparation perfect for all type of festivals. I got this recipe from Vanitha Magazine.

Chettinad Chicken Varuval

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Cuisine: Chettinad


To marinate the Chicken:
Chicken- 1/2 Kg (Half chicken)
Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder-1½ teaspoons
Coriander powder- 1½ teaspoons
Lemon Juice- 1 teaspoon
Salt- to taste

To prepare the semi gravy:
Oil- 3 teaspoon
Fennel seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
Jeera- 1/4 teaspoon
Dry red chilli- 2
Curry leaves- 1 strand
Onion, chopped- 1 large
Ginger garlic paste- 1 teaspoon
Tomato, chopped-2 medium
Pepper powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander and mint leaves- handful
Chettinad Chicken Varuval


  • In a bowl add the chicken, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, lemon juice and salt.
  • Mix well to incorporate well and allow to soak well for 15-30 minutes.
  • Meantime heat oil in a pan and add oil once the oil gets heated up add the fennel seeds and jeera, dry red chilli once you get the nice aroma of jeera add the curry leaves.
  • Now add the chopped onion with a pinch of salt cook till soft for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Then add the ginger garlic paste and cook till the raw smell leaves for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomato and cook till it starts to get soften.
  • Now its time to add the marinated chicken and mix well.
  • Cover with a lid and cook till the chicken cooks well.
  • Now open the lid and increase the flame to high to evaporate the excess water.
  • Add some pepper powder and salt if needed and roast the chicken well till the water content totally evaporates from the gravy.
  • You could serve this as a semi dry or dry preparation as per your wish.