Spicy Malvani/Malwani Chicken Curry



Malvani Chicken curry is a dish from the Malwan area of the Konkan region. Like other South Indian cuisines, Malwani cuisine also uses coconut liberally in their dishes.
I got this recipe from NDTV Cooks. This dish goes well with Rice as well as Indian rotis.
I couldn’t click all the step-by step pictures of this dish due to some technical reasons. I promise to update the post with the remaining pictures subsequently.

Spicy Malvani/Malwani Chicken Curry

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine malwani
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 kg Chicken
  • 3 onions Finely chopped

For the Malvani Masala

  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/2 Nutmeg
  • 6 - 7 Cloves
  • 6 - 7 chillies Dried red
  • 10 Peppercorns
  • 2 Cinnamon " piece stick
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder powder

For the Coconut Masala

  • 3 green chillies
  • 5 - 6 cloves Garlic cloves
  • 1 - 1/2 cups Coconut Grated
  • 3/4 Ginger "

For Garnish

  • coconut Coriander leaves 1/2 cup Grated 1/2 cup


  • Dry roast the Malwani Masala ingredients together till a nice aroma wafts and the spices turn a shade darker.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Grind the roasted masala to a smooth powder. Keep aside.
  • Grind the ingredients meant for coconut masala to a smooth paste. Add water if necessary.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add the onion and coconut masala.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Tip in the powdered Malwani Masala.
  • Fry for a minute.
  • Add the chicken along with salt and 1/2 cup water.
  • Mix well.
  • Cover and cook till chicken is cooked through.
  • If you need more gravy, you may add some hot water and bring the curry to a boil.
  • Switch off heat.
  • Garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot.

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