Are you searching for a perfect accompaniment for rice or roti? Do you want to have a wholesome dinner tonight? Are you bored of the regular flavours of chicken curry and in a mood for a celebration of flavours and textures? If you are, then here’s the hack for you. Try this south Indian Coorgi Gawti Chicken curry at home which will serve all the purposes. 


For marination

  • ½ kg chicken
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder 
  • 1 tsp mustard oil 

For the masala paste

  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 7-8 cloves 
  • 4 cardamom pods 
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns 
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds 
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds 
  • 7-8 curry leaves 
  • 4-5 garlic cloves 
  • 1-inch ginger 
  • 1 cup grated coconut 
  • 4-5 green chillies 

For the gravy

  • 1 tbsp oil 
  • 1 onion, chopped 
  • 1 tomato, chopped 
  • ¼ cup tamarind extract 
  • 1 tsp panch phoran 
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 dry red chillies 


  1. Marinate the chicken pieces with all the marinating ingredients for around 15-20 minutes. 
  2. Dry roast the garlic cloves, ginger, whole spices, curry leaves, coconut and green chillies till the coconut turns slightly brown. Cool them completely and grind with a tablespoon or two of water to form a paste.
  3. In the same pan, brush some oil and add the marinated chicken pieces. Cook them on medium flame till both sides are golden brown. 
  4. In another heavy-bottomed pan, add some oil along with the dry red chillies and panch phoran and let the seeds splutter. 
  5. Next, add the onions and cook till they are golden brown.
  6. Add the masala paste and tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are mushy. 
  7. Add a little water and salt to bring the curry into the desired consistency. 
  8. Once the water starts boiling, add the chicken pieces along with the tamarind extract and cook for 4-5 minutes. 
  9. Finally, add a teaspoon of sugar and remove it from the heat to serve. 

You can have this chicken curry with rice, roti, or paratha. Try this making at home to treat your palate with decadent flavours.