Varutha Kozhi Masala | Spicy Chicken Curry | Chicken Side with Mint leaves

The weekend went busy and I was up and all excited about cooking, :P yes such miracles happen you know. I think I was excited about the fact that it was weekend and hence my taste-buds were craving for a good home cooked meal. This recipe sure did fulfil my taste-buds with its delicious taste. Needless to say my foodie husband was all happy and excited about this dish and he said you have to put this on the blog ;-) so here I go... What really intrigued me about this recipe of the addition of egg in chicken marination and also coconut pieces and coconut oil. I prep'd the chicken by marinating it the previous night and it sure bring loads of flavour to the curry. 


Serves ~ 4 generously
Cook & prep time ~ 25 mins
Marination time ~ overnight or minimum 4 hours
Serving Suggestion ~ white rice and rasam


To Marinate (minimum 4 hours / overnight)

Chicken - 1/2 kg, 500 gms
Thick Curd - 2 tbsp
Kashmiri red chilli powder - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Egg - 1 large 
Salt - 1 tsp

To Grind 

Small onions - 10 nos
Ginger - 1 " piece
Garlic pods - 5-6 nos
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Green chilli - 5-6 nos

For the Curry 

Oil - 4 tbsp (I used refined & coconut oil)
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Mint leaves - 15 leaves
Tomato - 2 large chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 and 1/2 tsp or more
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

  • Marinate the chicken with all the other ingredients except egg and set aside in refrigerator overnight or for few hours on counter top. 30 minutes before preparing the curry keep the chicken outside in room temperature  once chicken comes to room temperature add the egg and mix well, cover with lid and set aside
  • Now grind all ingredients mentioned under to grind to a course paste, set aside. In a wide large pan heat oil (2 spoons)add the marinated chicken with egg and let it cook in medium heat stirring inbetween for atleast 20 minutes until 90% cooked. Remove from pan and set aside
  • In the same pan add some coconut oil ( 1 spoon) and splutter the curry leaves, add the prepared paste and sauté until raw smell goes, now add the tomatoes, salt and cook covered until mushy, this takes 3 minutes.
  • Now add all the spice powders - turmeric, pepper, coriander  red chilli and sauté well and cook for 5 minutes until the masala releases oil.
  • Add the fried chicken mint leaves and 1 cup water and bring it to a boil and cover lid, after 2 minutes reduce flame to medium and cook for 5-6 minutes until the chicken is done and oil floats.
Serve hot with steamed white rice and curry

Cooks Wisdom 

- Adding egg to the marinate makes sure that the marination sticks to the curry while cooking, this is really worth a try as the chicken pieces were succulent and juicy
- I marinated the chicken overnight without adding the egg and later added egg just before cooking the chicken
- Make sure that the masala is well cooked before adding the friend chicken
- I used coconut oil to give more flavour and also balanced it with refined oil so that the coconut is not too overpowering you can do as you please 
- The original recipe calls for adding coconut bits, I did not add them
- Add the correct amount of mint and not any more as it can overpowder the dish


  1. love the gravy , looks very tempting.

  2. OMG, I am truely, madly, deeply in love with this varutha kozhi masala... super, it is stunning,,,

  3. Lolz Priya thank u dear ;-)

  4. Hi Priya, Yeh khana dekh ke muh me paani a gaya. Khane to ana hi padega ;)

  5. looks yummy must have tasted yummy too,neat and super presentation

  6. What a tempting chicken gravy!. Surely i am going to try this.

  7. Tempting chicken curry Priya ! The 2 nd pic with more dark blue bg looks awesome.

  8. so hot n spicy chicken...nice cliks btw..

  9. Egg in marination, thats seriously something new na.. But the curry is just irresistible, makes me droolllllllllll here.

  10. just look at the color of the curry!!! looks so delicious... so well made...

  11. Such a droolworthy & inviting chicken curry Priya. Can't resist myself dear....

  12. will try this out for sure. looks scrumptious Priya

  13. kozhi kozhambu looks incredibly delicious...

  14. Drool worthy chicken curry, sounds spicy and flavorful..bookmarked to try!

  15. lovely clicks n such a tempting curry dear...

  16. Can't take my eyes of this chicken dish.. lovely!

  17. Lip smacking.....will surely try this out

  18. Hi priya..I tried this recipe today.came out well except for the egg smell in it. How to avoid it?

    1. Thank u Sai for trying and letting me know. I hope you added only 1 egg and used a handful of mint leaves? Usually the spicy masala based will overpower the egg smell. May be next time add in some lemon/ lime juice or even a tsp of vinegar in the curry to skip the egg smell.

    2. Sai Also I added the egg to marinated chicken just before frying, I hope you did the same and referred my notes below the recipe.

  19. Heey, I know I come to this post really late, found it when I was browsing what I could do with curry leaves. I wonder whether you use fresh or dried curry leaves? :)

  20. Hi Priya, I really love your recipe. I'm however unsure whether I used enough curry leaves. I think you use fresh ones. As I have to use dried ones, do you know how much I should use to get the taste accordingly? Thanks, and best regards, Stefan


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