Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Chicken Kurma

Kurma or Korma is told to have its origin from Mughalai cuisine. It consists of a creamy sauce which is made using either milk cream, coconut milk, a paste of ground nuts or a varying combination of these. This curry is highly flavored with a mixture of spices that you cannot just keep away from it because of its aroma. Kurma is usually not very spicy, especially due to the ingredients that gets added to make it creamy. There are a lot of versions of Korma available all over and the one I have here is a Malabar Muslim version which I came across in the book "The Suriani Kitchen" by Lathika George.

Serves around 10-12 people
Oil- 2 tbsp
Onion- 2 (1 lbs - Chopped)
Ginger Paste- 1 tbsp
Garlic Paste- 2 tbsp
Tomato- 2 (0.4lbs - Chopped)
Turmeric Powder- 1 tsp
Chicken - 3 lbs
Curry Leaves- 1 twig
Salt- to taste
Water- 3 cups

For Coconut paste
Cashew- 1/2 cup (chopped)
Grated Coconut- 1 cup
Green Chilly- 5
Poppy Seed- 1 tbsp
Water- 3/4 cup

For Spice Powder
Cardamom- 4
Cloves- 5
Cinnamon- 1 - 2" stick
Fennel- 1 tsp

1. Dry roast the spices in a pan and grind to make the spice powder.
2. Make the coconut paste by grinding all the mentioned ingredients into a fine paste.
3. Heat the oil (I used coconut oil to give it that traditional Kerala taste and flavor) and saute the onions until transparent.
4. Add the ginger and garlic paste and saute until the raw smell is gone.
5. Add the tomato and turmeric powder and saute for 2-3 minutes.
6. Add the ground coconut paste and saute for 3-4 minutes.
7. Add the spice powder and mix well.
8. Add the chicken and salt and mix well to make sure that the chicken pieces are coated with the gravy.
9. Add water and let it cook in a slow fire until the chicken is done.
10. Garnish with curry leaves and serve.

This is a perfect accompaniment with Kerala Parotta, Appam and Chappathi.


  1. wow very tempting kurma,luks delicious...

  2. Chicken kurma looks creamy, delicious, gorgeous and mouth watering. Wonderful presentation. Feel like having it now.

  3. Delicious and tempting kurma. Could feel the aroma of the spices by just looking into it !!

  4. Delicious n so creamy chicken kurma..yummy clicks!!

    US Masala

  5. Delicioua and yummy chicken kuruma, perfect with appams, Fathima great pics...

  6. Mouth-watering dish dear....loved the creamy texture which is making me too tempting to grap it...

  7. Dear Fatima
    I am sure you are gearing up for great Eid Celebration.
    I took to Malabar Kurma during my long stay in Kuwait. I really did not know till then about this Kurma as we are used to Korma of north and east India. I shall try this soon. The one I know ( malabar Kurma) is slightly different and I can make out this will be more tasty for sure.
    Have a nice day

  8. Creamy, Yummy chicken kurma. I love it.

  9. wow fathima...wht a rich color it has...purely a divine gravy....marvellous presentation dear!!!

  10. Wow..The Chicken Kurma looks really delicious

  11. Very tempting and rich looking chicken kurma..

  12. Perfect texture of the gravy and nice color also. First I though you did not use tomato for this gravy then was surprised to find the same in the ingredient sec. Superb !!!

    Hamaree Rasoi

  13. The cashew nuts just make it so rich rt...yumm

  14. Tempting n creamy...Eid Mubarak...

  15. Nice,flavourful and rich gravy...looks yum..

  16. Delicious kurma.. perfect with appam..

  17. My favorite and creamy..looks fantastic dear

  18. Oh my !! that looks too tempting da...ho vayil vellam niranjittu oru rakshemilla

  19. Pics are fantastic, especially loved the second one..Love kurma with palappam and idiyappam..Recipe vayichale ariyam taste superb annenne..Book-marked!!

  20. Delicious looking Kurma and Eid Mubarak to you

  21. OMG..ente lil onedee fav anu ithu..Kandittu sahikunnila tou..Kidulam..kothiyavunuuuu.....

  22. kurma with appam what a delcious combo.. one of our favorite dish looks really yumm

  23. Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to you and your family. Hope Lord Ganesha brings happiness and peace in your life.

  24. Hi Fathima,

    Just joined in...Yummy kurma....loved it....


  25. adipoli...ithu kandittu kothi sahikkan patunilla...super...

  26. This is my first visit to your blog. Loved the color and recipe of thattukada. Its awesome! Will try and make it too.

  27. Wow..Fathima...really yummy kurma...beautiful clicks!
    Its my all time fav..but due to calories I have it sometimes only :)
    Sinfully Spicy

  28. i am going to try this for sure

  29. I am going to try making this soon :)


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