Chicken gravy(Kori kajipu)

My brother visited us over this weekend. He came to US on a short trip for some office work and before leaving for India, he wanted to meet me and give me loads of home made stuff. We had amazing 3 days. As usual, we had loads of fun, we fought most of the time for silly things, but when he was leaving today, I started feeling so homesick :(. Even though I wanted to cook so many things for him, I hardly cooked anything when he was here. We ate in different restaurants all the time. But on Sunday he wanted to have some home made stuff and he asked me to cook chicken (he is a great chicken fan). Since my husband is not a big fan of chicken, I hardly cook when we are alone. So my brother asked me to cook something which is in my to-cook list for a long time. The moment he said, I knew what I was going to cook.

This recipe is from a Kannada magazine. There was an article about Bunt’s food. I have heard a lot about their food and always wanted to try it. Bunts (or at least the Bunts I know) love chicken. Their chicken gravy and kori rotti is a super hit combo. Since none of us like this papad like kori rotti, I served this great tasting chicken gravy with chapathis and rice.

My brother and husband both simply loved it. They said they could get the authentic taste. This has a very prominent coconut taste to it. To reduce cooking time, I used ready made coconut milk, but freshly extracted coconut milk would taste even better. The gravy tastes better and better as time passes. Make sure to use fresh chicken for better results.

10-12 pieces chicken
1 and 1/2 cups thick coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh/frozen coconut
1 cup chopped onion
1 tea spn chopped garlic
1 tea spn chopped ginger
5-6 red chilies
1/4 tea spn fenugreek(methi) seeds
5-6 cloves
1″ cinnamon
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract or 2 pieces tamarind
A pinch turmeric
4-5 strands coriander leaves(optional)

Dry roast red chilies, fenugreek seeds, cloves and cinnamon. Keep them aside.
Heat ghee and fry ginger, garlic and 1/3rd cup onion. Fry till onion turns slightly brownish. Add coconut and fry till coconut turns brownish. Grind this along with the roasted spices and tamarind to a smooth paste.
Cook chicken pieces in coconut milk, 1/2 cup water and 1/3rd cup raw onion till the chicken pieces are done. Now add turmeric, salt, ground masala and cook for about 7-8mins till the gravy slightly thickens. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Heat remaining ghee and fry remaining 1/3rd cup onion till they turn brownish. Pour this on the gravy.
Serve hot.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 30mins

PS: Along with chapathis, I served this with basmati rice. While cooking rice, I added 2 cloves and 1 cardamom to it. This resulted in a very fragrant rice which went very well with this gravy.

36 thoughts on “Chicken gravy(Kori kajipu)”

  1. Dear Shilpa,

    Hmm I am a big fan of you, Ur receipes r No1,I liked it the way u r writing, especially the preparation of Ghee,with pics and narration. Hats off 2Shilpa. I hav tried ur receipes, hmm yummy yummy,Waiting 4ur new new receipes. 2night I wil try this Kori Kajipu.

    warm regards

    Usha Gangadhar
    Kingdom Of Bahrain

  2. Shilpa, methi, coconut milk and tamarind are the ingredients which give the chicken a unique flavor. And fragrant basamati rice with this curry would be an excellent combo.

    I have bookmarked this recipe to try later. I’m glad you could spend some good time with your brother.:)

  3. So glad your brother visited you!:))
    Chicken dish looks great.I had a friend who was a Bunt.They are all so bloody handsome,aren’t they?!;D
    I will try this recipe,thanks Shilpa.Hugs.

  4. I love the combinations that go into this. Shall definitely try it.
    Did you bake your awesome cake for your brother ?

    Shilpa: No dear, I could not bake any cakes for him. I was so tired of shopping all the time :(. Wish I could get few more days. Yesterday while he was going back, I realized I could have baked a cake. Anyway, since he is not a fan of cakes, I think he won’t mind

  5. hi shilpa…am a bunt!! and always carry the roti all the way from mangalore to eat with kori kajpu ..thanks for all ur recipes

    Shilpa: Aswin, Can you please tell me what is the meaning of kajipu? Is this how you make this dish? I know very little about bunt food, so I am asking for my knowledge.

    1. hi shilpa, dis s another manglorean…………saw yo want d meaning of kajipu…It means ‘curry’. kori is chicken so chicken curry. If its fish curry its meenu kajipu.
      I like al yo recipes….also tried many…..

  6. Thats so nice to have ur brother visit you… looks like you guys had a wonderful time!
    I love everything that went into this chicken recipe, if your husband who is not a chicken fan loved it, it must have tasted amazing! It looks awesome!

  7. Hi Shilpa,

    yday I tried Kori Kajpu.I used readymade coconut milk,short of time 2make fresh coconut was very nice, My hubby & son liked it very much.

    I liked the way u r writing so detailed narration. Ur receipes looks so yummy yummy.

    Usha Gangadhar
    Kingdom Of Bahrain

  8. ha ha ha… even me n my sis fight all the time when we r together n miss each other when we r away:) good to know u had gr8 time with ur bro.
    back in my college n school days in m’lore, i remember my friends going ga-ga over kori kajipu and kori rotti. urs looks very similar to what they used to have:)

  9. This chicken looks very tasty,ya I have tasted it before,will try it soon,the coconut milk gives a nice flavour i guess.

  10. I love anything to do with chicken..and such a authentic dish..sure gonna be yummy.i will try this over at the weekend…thanks

  11. Hi.. Shilpa..
    I’m a mangaloeran.. so i knw dis dish.. really it looks wonderful.. my mom used 2 prepare it.. Yummy wid Kori rotti..

    Actually u asked Ashwin, Wat is
    ‘Kajipu’.. Let me answer ur question.. It means Curry.. In tulu dey tel ‘Kajipu’ for a graveyed curry..

    Hope so u got it..


    Hi Shilpa,
    Tks for posting such a yummy recipe..being chicken fan, i truly liked the taste of this so did my hubby and kids! but the color did not come as urs..also i hv a tip for you..against such a lovely dish..take one tbspn of salted butter and heat it, after it boils, add round sliced onions..fry till brown, remove and immediately take it on tissue paper. u can sprinkle this on ur curry while eating. its yummy in taste!

    hv a lovely wkend..hope ur parents hv reached there.

    tks regards.:-)

  13. I missed when you posted this recipe- I have never seen this combo of spices before in a chicken dish, so this makes me wonder how it tastes! (I am always curious)

    I’m happy that you and your brother were able to have a nice time; it reminds me of when I see my own sister. When we were young, we would squabble over little things a lot, but nowadays it is so nice to see her when I do!

  14. Hey Shilpa,
    First of all, you have a wonderful collection of yummy recipes.. you have made it all look so simple..
    My pregnant wife has been nurturing a craving for the Kori Roti with Mangalore Chicken kajipu. I have made the Kajipu (curry) a few times before and she loves it. but lately havent been able to find the “kori roti” anywhere here in NY/NJ/WDC areas. do u know, if the roti itself can be prepared at home? If not I may have to get those shipped from India.

    Shilpa: I have seen a kori rotti recipe somewhere. Will check out and let you know.

  15. what kind of grinder do you use to make a thick paste? the blender i have requires some water to be added hence cant make a paste.

    Shilpa: Sarita, I use Sumeet mixer for grinding all the gravies.

  16. Shilpa,
    I tried this recipe on thanksgiving day since i did not have the patience to cook a turkey. I enjoyed it and tasted almost like the chicken curry my mom used to make back home. I used the hamilton beach blender which took me a while to get a smooth paste consistency:)

  17. hi,
    tried this yesterday, came out great. thanks. n one more thing, i love mangalore kori rotti n it doesnt taste like papad

  18. Hi Shilpa

    Do you know how to make the rice flakes roti commonly found in Mangalore? I noticed a mention in one of the comments. I am avid fan of yours and have successfully tried many many recipes. Would be delighted if you have the recipe for his hard to come by roti.

    tiba prabhu

    Shilpa: Tiba, are you talking about Kori rotti? If yes, I still don’t know how to make them. I tried a recipe a couple of days ago but it din’t turn out as expected. Will definitely post it if I get it right.

  19. Thanks Shilpa. Yes I was referring to “kori roti”.
    Look forward to your recipe. Have a good trip to India

  20. Hello Shilpa,

    Thanks for your site. I tried many Diwali recipes from the ones u have posted. I am a Bunt and would like to point out to you some difference in the way we make the curry. You would have to add 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds and 1 teaspoon of jeera (both well roasted and then ground into paste with the rest of the ingredients). Also we (meaning in my house) do not add ginger and coriander leaves.
    Kudos on your efforts to make your aayi’s recipes available to all.

    Shilpa: Thanks Deepa. I will try your version next time.

  21. Hi Shilpa, Im a bunt and i shamelessly try out even ur bunt style chicken dishes from ur site:-). My hubby loved the kori rotti recip n said tht it tastes even better than his mom’s cookin..i culdnt ve asked for a better compliment, thnks to u:-).But i cant find the recipe now. have u deleted it by any chance? BTW, Congrats on becomin a mommy!!

  22. Shilpa…this dish is a favorite with me. As you do not get “rotti” here, I generally make “pan-polo/ neer dosai” with this curry…tastes awesome!!


  23. I have tried every chicken recipe of yours thats with out dairy…and all have turned out yummy and my darling daughter loves them. thanks!!
    do you have kori rotti recipe on this site?

  24. i made this curry with potatoes instead of chicken for some vegetarian guests, and they loved it. thank you!!

  25. Hey! I thought that when preparing Kori Roti that Kori meant ‘curry’ and Roti meant ‘the rice crispies’. Guess I was wrong…..what does Kori mean? (If Kajipu means curry) And what does Kori mean?

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