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Kolhapuri Chicken Curry - Tambda rassa

This is my first try on making this exotic and delicious chicken. Since I am a vegetarian I cannot tell you how it tasted but, after seeing a huge reaction (WOW!) and a big smile on my hubby's face I can tell you it should have tasted heavenly, he finished it in a single take!!!


For Gravy

1 big Onion sliced
1 Tomato diced
4 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
2 tbsp Sesame seeds
1 tbsp Poppy seeds (Gasagasalu)
2 tbsp minced Garlic
Whole Garam masala spices (Bay leaf, Green Cardamom, 2-3 Cloves, 1/2 inch Cinnamon)
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
3 tbsp dry shredded Coconut
2 tbsp red chili powder (or to taste) or degi mirch or kashmiri mirch powder
Salt to  taste
Cilantro/coriander leafs for garnishing

Ingredients for Marination
1 lb Chicken drumsticks/ leg pieces
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
1 tbsp Lemon Juice


Remove skin and any extra fat from the drum sticks. Wash them well and drain them. Make deep cuts on either side of the thigh so that the marination will be able to pierce in. Prepare the marination mixture with the above mentioned marination ingredients and rub it on all sides on chicken and keep to marinate for 30 min.

Preparation of Masala:
Heat 1/2tbsp of oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, whole garam spices, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, chopped garlic one by one and cook till spices start to change its color. Add dry grated coconut, sliced onion and cook till onion turn light brown color.
Later when the mixture is ready, turn off the stove and let it cool down. Add this mixture along with tomatoes to blender and grind to make smooth paste by adding some water.

Heat 4tbsp of oil in a pan and add ground masala paste, red chilli powder, garam masala and mix well. Cook it for five min. Add marinated chicken pieces, mix well, add water to desired consistency, cover and cook till the chicken gets tender. Finally garnish with cilantro/coriander leafs.

Hot and spicy Kolapuri Chicken Curry is ready to serve!


  1. oh what a tempting gravy, mouthwatering!!!
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  2. lovely flavours chicken curry looks wonderful

  3. Tempting drooling over here..

  4. Drooling!!!! So tempting....

  5. Thank you every one for stopping by and taking some time to appreciate!!!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my space, glad to follow you , chicken curry looks delicious

  7. Fabulous Chicken Kohlapuri. My fav dish. Thanks for stopping by my space, glad to follow you back. Please keep in touch.

  8. Looks delicious. Had this once and loved it.

  9. Mouthwatering here,fingerlicking chicken curry..Inviting.

  10. Hi u have a nice blog. U can visit my blog and give ur valuable comments.

  11. Hi Deepthi...
    Thanks for visiting my blog and following me. Yours have a very good collection of vegetarian dishes. I am very happy to follow you.

    Love to Experiment from
    My Food Treasures

  12. This looks awesome and inviting. I like chicken.
    I would be glad, if you stop by mine too.

  13. super tempting dish...BTW if possible plz visit mine n plz chjeck out my new FB page dear.Hope u vl

  14. Super delicious curry very yummmy

  15. Delicious chicken biryani..drooling here

  16. Thank you for stopping by all of you!!!


  17. glad to follow you back Deepthi. Please keep in touch dear.

  18. Sure saloni!!! thank you for stopping by!!!

  19. That looks amazing, I would really enjoy that for dinner. It looks like something from an Indian restaurant. visit my Dhaniya chicken when u get time

  20. Yummy! Can one add vegetables? Which ones? With me the gravies always get leftover-what veggies may I add to it later (when chicken pieces are over)? Thanks for the recipes!

  21. This kolhapuri chicken looks really yummy and mouthwatering. BTW, I love your presentation of this, the procedures are well-explained and easy to follow. Good job and thanks for sharing :)


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