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Chicken Gravy With Coconut And Yogurt

chicken gravy with tomyog

Last year in September when I visited India, my pachi (aayi’s sister) came to visit us. I asked her for some of her favorite recipes. She promised to send them in few days. Within few days, my cousin typed many of her recipes and sent it to me. Aren’t they very sweet? I have tried some of these and each have turned out great. This is one of those. A very simple chicken gravy – perfect for a weekday.

I made few minor changes to the recipe. I added some curry leaves at the end. I was really craving for some curry leaf flavor that day. I also marinated the chicken pieces for 30mins because whenever I skipped this, I ended up with some tasteless, rubbery chicken. I served it with some green parathas.

1 lb chicken
1 cup tomato
1/2 cup onion
1/4 cup fresh/frozen coconut
1 tea spn garam masala
1/2 tea spn chilli powder
1/2 tea spn coriander powder
1/2 tea spn ginger garlic paste
1/2 cup yogurt
8-9 curry leaves (optional)
1 tbl spn chopped coriander leaves

1 tea spn ginger-garlic paste
2 tbl spn yogurt
1/4 tea spn chilli powder
A pinch turmeric
1/4 tea spn salt

Mix all the marinade ingredients, add them to chicken and leave it aside for atleast 30mins.
Grind together ginger-garlic paste, tomato, coconut, chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder, salt to a smooth paste. Take out the paste in a bowl, add yogurt and mix with a spoon.
Heat oil and fry onion till they turn brownish. Add the paste and fry till oils separate. Add the marinated chicken, fry for few minutes. Add 2 cups water, cover and cook. Add curry leaves, cook for a min.
Take off heat, garnish with coriander leaves.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 30mins


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{ 23 comments… add one }

  • Notyet100 May 20, 2012, 8:31 pm

    Curry looks delicious,,,perfect with a bowl of plain rice,

    • Aathira May 21, 2012, 5:58 am

      Exactly my thought! Yum!

  • Fathima May 20, 2012, 11:22 pm

    Looks delicious. Looking forward to more recipes from your pachi.

  • supriya May 21, 2012, 2:31 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Have tried your recipes and the best was the Butter chicken. This recipe is also very tempting. Glad to follow you do visit my space in your spare time.

  • Manidipa Bhaumik May 21, 2012, 8:30 am

    I would love to this one with soft roti or parathas. Looks so yummy.

    I blog @ Manidipa’s

  • Nupur May 21, 2012, 8:51 am

    The curry looks amazing and contains all of my favorite flavors: onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, yogurt, coconut. Will try a version with boiled eggs instead of chicken.

  • Akshatha May 21, 2012, 3:40 pm

    Yet another simple n quick recipe, dying to try this and eat too, i m so glad i started following your blog :)

  • Mrs.D.P.Bhat May 21, 2012, 11:38 pm

    i don’t eat chicken, however shall try this and feed the kids who are fond of chicken. i have also suggested to a few of my friends this receipe. thanks a lot.

  • Regina May 22, 2012, 11:03 am

    Yummmmmmyyyyyy !!!

  • Jagruti May 24, 2012, 12:27 am

    A quick weeknight indulgence..marinate the chicken in advance and cook it up in minutes..awesome! :)

  • Shubhangi May 24, 2012, 11:18 am

    Lovely recipes …ALL of them.
    A question…I the above recipe u have not mentioned chilli powder in the ingred other than in the marinade. However in the ,method it says grind…..and chilli powder… Which one can I consider add chilli pow while grinding or not ( or does it depend on the taste)…thank you very much…

    • Shilpa May 24, 2012, 11:32 am

      Updated. Thanks for pointing out.

  • Pragyan May 24, 2012, 9:17 pm

    That’s a wonderful new gravy. The moment I read it, I started thinking of veggie versions of this! Wont it be great with Kofta’s? :)

  • Shubhangi May 26, 2012, 9:05 pm

    hi …thank you for the correction..one more similar thing …I am making it right now and i realise that ginger garlic paste is mentioned in the ingredients ( other than marinade ) but not in the method. How ever i love the taste and smell and for now I have added it in the paste as it cooks…i read it later so iadded it later . May be it should be added with thr Onions!!!!..I am sure it will come out good ..Thank u sooo much for your work!!!!

  • Shubhangi May 26, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Just to tell you that I love the name of your blog!!!!!!!

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  • Sukanya K July 13, 2012, 10:49 pm

    I tried this recipe Yesterday It comes really nice.

    Thanks for this nice recipe

  • Munna May 7, 2013, 1:03 pm

    I am a Mangalorean and live in Europe. I love to cook dishes with coconut but its very difficult to buy fresh coconut here and hence depend a lot on coconut milk which is available here in Asian stores. I would love to try this chicken with coconut gravy n yoghurt. Can you please advise me as to how I make this dish using coconut milk. yOur receipes are really a delight and enjoy cooking them. Thank you so much…
    best wishes.

    • Shilpa May 8, 2013, 2:02 pm

      Leave out coconut while grinding and at the very end add coconut milk, cook for few minutes and take off heat.

  • Nimi June 8, 2013, 9:17 am

    This chicken gravy is awesome I made it today n everybody loved it . I came across aayisrecipes recently n enjoyed goin through it.i will soon try out other recipes n wil let u know about it. Thanks shilpa

  • Arwa June 30, 2013, 12:53 am

    This recipe is superb and my husband’s comment when I made it for the first time was “This is the best chicken you have ever made”. After that, I have made this so many times now that I am actually tired of cooking it! I’m not a good cook but your recipes have actually made me better. Thanks!!!

  • Sarita August 25, 2013, 2:18 am

    wow..just tried it today..so easy and tastes yum..love the minute details about the dish.. like the curry leaves to be added..adds just that extra zing and flavour to the dish.. also since the chicken is marinated in the beginning..the flavour is awesome.. thanx and ur blog is just gr8..

  • Vish March 29, 2014, 9:01 pm

    Luks gud , it’s table spoon and not tea spoon…

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