Chicken Roast Kerala Style

This Kerala chicken roast is yet another Lekshmi Nair recipe and will remind you of curries at your favorite “family” kallu kada (toddy shop). It has the bold, strong flavors that you normally associate with Kerala non vegetarian cuisine; feel free to adjust spice according to your tolerance level!

Chicken is first marinated with lemon juice, salt and pepper. The lemon juice makes it so tender! Then, it is marinated with a spice paste made by combining red chili powder, turmeric powder and more pepper; what did I say about this being a hot curry!

The chicken is then deep fried. It is so tempting to stop at this point because spicy fried chicken is probably one of the best things to happen in the world. But you need to go on if you want a saucy curry that is great with rice and rotis.

Cook a whole lot of chopped onions and shallots with ginger, garlic and green chilies. For even more heat and warmth, add red chili and coriander powder. Finally, round off flavors with tomato and curry leaves. Your yummy curry is so ready!

  • Servings: 10-serving
  • Time: 60 mins
  • Difficulty: medium


  • Cuisine: kerala
  • Course: side dish
  • Preparation Time: 30 mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins


1, Chicken , cut into large pieces
For the Marinade
1 Lemon ,
3/4 teaspoon Freshly ground pepper powder ,
to taste Salt ,
1 1/4 tablespoons Red Chili powder ,
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder ,
a few drops Water ,
Coconut Oil , to deep fry
For the Gravy
2 1/2 tablespoons Chopped ginger ,
2 1/2 tablespoons Chopped garlic ,
2 tablespoons Chopped green chili ,
5 large Chopped Onions ,
1 cup Chopped Shallots ,
1 tablespoon Red chili powder ,
1 teaspoon Coriander powder ,
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder ,
3 Sliced Tomato ,
3 tablespoons Tomato sauce ,
1 teaspoon Garam masala ,
3 sprigs Curry leaves ,
to taste Salt ,


  1. Clean chicken pieces, and squeeze out water. Mix in lemon juice, pepper powder and salt and let the chicken rest for atleast half an hour.
  2. Mix other ingredients for marinade – chili powder, turmeric powder and water to form a thick paste. Rub the marinade into chicken, making sure all the pieces are coated well. Let the chicken rest for another 15 to 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a wok in order to deep fry chicken over medium flame. Fry chicken in batches till golden brown and cooked through. Keep aside.
  4. Remove oil from pan leaving behind about 1/4 to 1/2 cup.
  5. Fry ginger, garlic and green chilies over low heat till aromatic.
  6. Fry onions and shallots till light brown. Add some salt to speed up the browning of onions.
  7. Add chili powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder and fry over low heat.
  8. Add tomato and tomato sauce and saute.
  9. Continue sauteing till gravy starts thickening, and mixture leaves sides of pan. Add more oil to pan if the mixture catches.
  10. Sprinkle over garam masala, add fried chicken pieces, curry leaves and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  11. Take off heat, serve hot with rice, chappathi or boiled kappa (tapioca)
  12. Notes
  13. ~ You can replace onions with shallots or vice versa.
  14. ~ Use _piriyan _chili powder or Kashmiri chili powder for color.
  15. ~ Use coconut oil for authentic Kerala flavor. But if the taste doesn’t agree with you, you can use vegetable oil or sunflower oil.


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