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Natu kodi koora-Chicken curry in Village style

My grand mother used to prepare this curry specially for my dad. Natu kodi means " Village Chicken" in English. Compared to the broiler this chicken has the unique and strong flavor. When you make this curry smell of it will reach all the houses at your street. She used to prepare this curry in mud pots and they are known as "Matti Kundalu" in our regional language Telugu. The curry cooked in these pots makes this curry even more flavorful. This curry is specially prepared in the villages for "Sankrathi". Sankrathi is the Harvest festival celebrated in some parts of India. During this festival, women in the house will make a very colorful rangoli in front of their house, men will fly kites and in villages "Kodi pandam" means "Chicken Fights" and "Edla Pandalu" means " Bullock Races". And lots and lots of food varities.

Though I cannot find the Natu Kodi here, I made the curry in the same style of my grand mother with the chicken available in my near by market.

Chicken Drum sticks or Chicken with bones- 2.5lb or 1.13KG
Grind 1tbsp of dry roasted Corianded seeds+ 1/2tbsp of cumin seeds dry roasted + 2 tbsp of dry coconut dry roasted+ 2pods of Garlic
Garam Masla-1/4tbsp
Ginger garlic paste-1 and 1/2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Red chili powder-1tbsp or to taste
Tomatoes finely chopped-1 cup
Green chili - finely chopped
Onion-1/2cup Finley chopped
Coriander/cilantro leaves Finley chopped

Clean the chicken by trimming extra fat and removing skin. Make deep cuts on all sides of the chicken drum sticks if you are using them. If you are using whole chicken cut it in to medium size pieces, wash it and keep it aside. Heat 4tbsp of oil in pot/thick bottom non stick pan. Add onion and green chili and saute them till they are nice and transparent. Then add turmeric, ginger garlic paste, coriander seeds grind mixture, garam masala, red chili powder and mix well. Cook till the raw smell of ginger garlic paste goes away. Now add in al the chicken and mix well. Add 1cup of water and mix well. Cook this mixture under high flame for 10min and medium flame for 10 min while stirring in between. Then add tomatoes, yogurt and salt. Mix well and cook under medium flame till all chicken is well cooked. Check for taste and adjust it. If it is too spicy then add 2tbsp of lemon jucie. Finally garnish with cilantro and serve hot with bagara/pulav/rice/roti. Hope you like my recipe. If you are making this curry in a mud pot after turning off the flame the curry will still cook for about 5min because of the heat inside the pot, so you better take out the curry immediately in to serving bowl.

Enjoy natu kodi koora. I got my compliments from my hubby, now its your turn this curry and receive compliments from your loved ones and please do come back to my blog and leave a comment.


  1. Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting chicken curry..

  2. lovely curry,without coconut and a nice preparation...looks inviting dear!!
    Spicy Treats
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  3. Such an unique and delicious chicken curry. Must have tasted wonderfully delicious.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Mouth watering preparation...yumm..

  5. wow....u have done it so perfectly........clicks r simply fabulous

  6. Am such a great fan for this auhentic recipes..craving rt now

  7. Looks so spicy... I would clean that plate in mins

  8. Delicious...Totally Yummy..


  9. Sorry dear. i thought dat Im following.4m nw I vl......Book marking especially chicken recipes to do 4 my H..Thanx 4 abt G+ info..

  10. Your husband is very lucky to have a wife like you. My wife don't cook non-veg but I will try your recipe myself. Thanks to you and your grandmother.

  11. Your husband is very lucky to have a wife like you. My wife don't cook non-veg but I will try your recipe myself. Thanks to you and your grandmother.


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