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Kerala Chicken Stew

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


Kerala Chicken Stew is made by simmering chicken and potatoes in a delicious coconut milk gravy. A must-have in Christmas breakfast, it is a perfect side-dish for Appam and Idiyappam.


  • 300 gms Boneless chicken pieces, cut into small cubes
  • 3 tbsp Coconut oil + 1 for garnish
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 1" Cinnamon
  • 3 Cardamom
  • 1 tbsp Peppercorns
  • 1 cup Onions, finely sliced
  • 1 cup Boiled potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2-3 Green chilies, slit
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp Fennel powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1.5 cups Thin coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup Thick coconut milk
  • 1 tsp Black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves
  • Fried Cashews (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a deep pan and add a few curry leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, and saute for a few seconds till you get a nice aroma.
  2. Add chopped green chilies, ginger and garlic and saute.
  3. Now add the sliced onions and saute till translucent and light brown.
  4. Add turmeric powder and mix well. Turmeric powder is optional. If you want a white gravy, omit adding it.
  5. Add the chicken pieces and let it cook for a couple of minutes until the meat is no longer pinkish.
  6. It's time to add thin coconut milk. Combine well. Cook for about ten minutes.
  7. Season with some salt and add boiled and cubed potatoes. Add garam masala powder and fennel powder to it.
  8. Combine everything well.
  9. Cover and cook for another five minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and add thick coconut milk and mix well.
  11. Finally, add fresh curry leaves, pepper powder, and a drizzle of coconut oil.
  12. Serve warm with appam, idiyappam, or rice.


You may use coconut milk powder, instead of extracting the milk from freshly grated coconut. Use 2 tablespoons of coconut milk powder in 1 1/2 cups of water to obtain thin coconut milk. Use 2 tablespoons of coconut milk powder in 1/2 cup of water for thick milk.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Chicken, Festival Special, Kerala, Side Dishes
  • Cuisine: Kerala (South Indian)