Chicken Curry with Thengakothu/ Nadan Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry with Thengakothu is another special and traditional recipe from our own ‘Kerala’. There are no dearth of Nadan meat recipes in Kerala. Every few kilometers, you get a different Nadan Chicken curry either with Coconut Milk, ground or roasted coconut or thengakothu; there are endless varieties and recipes. This Nadan Chicken Curry with Thengakothu is extremely delicious and you will surely love the succulent Thengakothu chicken curry with the epic spicy gravy. My latest dinner combo is this Nadan chicken curry with Neer Dosa.

Authentic style, calls for Nadan chicken; the local, tasty, chicken bred on natural diet. The taste of the chicken, crunchy Coconut strips, the flavours of spices, everything is heavenly bliss!! Chicken Curry goes well with all kind of mild breads like Appam, Idiyappam, Kallappam, Neer Dosa, Pathiri, Roti and rice dishes like ghee rice or Coconut rice. This is quite easy to prepare and the outcome is extremely delicious that you will definitely fall in love with it. You should also try my other Kerala specialities like Nadan Chicken curry with Potatoes a great chicken dish for festive breakfasts, Thirummi Chicken roast, Thattukada Chicken fry, Nadan Beef curry, Tharavu Puralan, Pepper chicken, Beef pepper roast, Nadan Pork curry, Beef with raw banana, Kerala Prawns roast, Kakka Irachi roast, Red Fish curry, Tangy fish curryKarimeen Mappas, Beef Ularthiyathu etc. Ummm… My mouth is already watering!

Kerala is blessed land with great cultural heritage. Most Kerala recipes are renowned all over the world and the cuisine boasts of a multitude range of non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. Coconut is a favourite ingredient and is used extensively in various forms like scraped coconut, roasted coconut, coconut milk, coconut strips etc. This Naadan chicken curry with Thengakoth is another mouth watering recipe to add to your Kerala Lunch menu. For vegetarians, try my Kadachakka Mappas with Thengakoth or Special Brinjal Masala Curry with coconut milk. Enjoy!!

Time: 25 mts
Serves: 4
Cuisine: Kerala


Chicken: 1 kg
Big Onion: 2 nos.
Shallots/ Small Onion: 3/4 cup
Green Chilly: 2 nos.
Ginger crushed: 1 ½ tbsp
Garlic Crushed: 1 ½ tbsp
Coconut pieces: ½ cup
Curry leaves: few
Coriander Powder: 1 ½ tbsp
Chilly Powder: 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder: 1 tsp
Garam Masala: 2 tsp
Tomato: 1 no.
Coconut oil: as required
Ghee: 1 tsp

Naadan Chicken Curry with Thengakothu



Marinate the chicken pieces with ½ tsp turmeric powder and salt and keep aside for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the onions, shallots, crush ginger and garlic, slit green chillies etc. Heat a Kadai, pour little coconut oil, and fry the coconut pieces for a minute in full flame.

Naadan Chicken Curry with Thengakothu

Frying Coconut Pieces

Add the green chillies, curry leaves and shallot and sauté for another minute on full flame, stirring continuously. Add the crushed ginger and garlic and sauté for another minute. Next add the onions and Sauté till transparent.

Naadan Chicken Curry with Thengakothu

Naadan Chicken Curry preparation

Naadan Chicken Curry with Thengakothu

Naadan Chicken Curry Preparation

Add the spice powders. Sauté for a few minutes stirring continuously and then add chopped tomatoes and ghee and sauté till oil separates. Add the chicken pieces and combine well with 1 cup water. Cover and cook till done, stirring in between. Your Naadan chicken curry with Thengakothu is ready for serving!!


  • Please adjust the spices as per your spice level.
  • Tomatoes should be chopped in cubes.
  • If you want more gravy you can even add thengappal (Coconut milk).
  • Adding ghee enhances the taste, so do not hesitate to try that.
  • The aroma is important, so check how to make Garam Masala link.

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