Malvani chicken curry served in a white bowl.

Malvani chicken curry with step by step photos and a video recipe. Malvani Chicken curry also known as “Malvani kombdi rassa” is one of my favorite Maharastrian chicken curries.

This Malvani chicken curry is from Malvani cuisine. The chicken is cooked in onion-coconut gravy & freshly prepared spicy & aromatic Malvani masala.

In this recipe post, I am sharing the recipe of Malvani chicken curry and also the recipe to make Malvani masala powder at home. You can serve Malwani Chicken curry with steamed rice, chapati (Indian flatbread) or Bhakri (rice flour chapati).

What is Malvani cuisine?   

Malvani cuisine is the cuisine of South Konkan region of Maharashtra & Goa. Malvan is a town in the Sindhudurgh district (west coast of Maharashtra, India).

Malvani cuisine is famous for its non-vegetarian dishes. Malvani dishes are a bit spicy, aromatic & delicious. So, if you are a spice lover like me! then this Malvani chicken curry is just for you.

Malvani chicken curry served with steamed rice

What is so special about Malvani cuisine?

The beautiful aroma coming from the freshly ground spices (Malvani Garam Masala) & the bright color of the dish is the specialty of this Malvani cuisine.

Malvani dishes are incomplete without Malvani masala. The heavenly aroma coming from the blend of various aromatic spices are irresistible. It will make you feel hungry instantly.

Traditionally, Malvani masala is a blend of 16 spices that are ground coarsely, in powdered form & stored in airtight containers. They are used as required for making the recipe.

You can purchase Malvani masala powder from the store and use it. But it is not easily available in all the places. In this post, I have shared the recipe to make Malvani masala powder at home. Better to make it in small quantity and use it.

You may also like some popular chicken dishes from this website:

  1. Chicken Ghee roast
  2. Chicken 65
  3. Maharashtrian Chicken Sukka
  4. Chili Chicken
  5. Chicken Tikka Masala
  6. Butter Chicken

How to make Malvani Chicken curry step by step photos:

Preparations to be done:

1. Marinate the chicken:

In a mixing bowl take chicken, ginger garlic paste, salt, lemon juice, coriander leaves, red chili powder, and turmeric powder. Mix it well, cover and keep it aside.Marinate the chicken

2. Making the Malvani masala powder:

  • Heat a pan and roast dried red chilies until they puff up and becomes crisp. Keep it on a plate.
  • In the same pan, add 1 tsp oil and the rest of the spices mentioned in the ingredients list to prepare Malvani masala. Roast until aromatic. Remove it on a plate. Let it cool down completely. Grind it in a mixer/grinder. Do not add water. Keep it aside.
    Making the Malvani masala for preparing malvani chicken curry

3. Making the onion-coconut paste:

  • Add 1 tsp oil in a pan and sauté until the onion slices change its color to light golden.
  • Add scraped coconut to it and sauté till the coconut is golden in color. Switch off the flame. Let it cool down completely. Add little water and grind it to a fine paste.
    Making onion-coconut paste

Cooking the Malvani chicken curry:

  1. Heat oil in a deep bottom vessel. Add a bay leaf and sauté for few seconds.
  2. Add onions and sauté till they are translucent.
  3. Now add ginger garlic paste and cook till raw smell from it leave.
    Saute onion & ginger garlic paste to make chicken curry recipe
  4. Next add red chili powder, turmeric powder & coriander powder, Saute for a minute.
    Addition of spice powder to make Malvani chicken
  5. To it add marinated chicken pieces. Mix everything well.
  6. Add the prepared Malwani masala powder & mix.
    Addition of marinated chicken pieces to the Malvani chicken gravy
  7. Cover & cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir it in between.
  8. The oil will separate from the spices and the chicken will change the color.
    Add malvani masala & cook for 2 minutes
  9. Add onion-coconut paste. Mix it well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
    Addition of onion-coconut paste
  10. Add water and adjust the consistency of the gravy.
  11. Taste the gravy and add salt. Mix and cover and cook for 10 minutes. Keep stirring in between.
    Add water and salt to the gravy
  12. After 10 minutes the oil will float on the surface of the gravy. Malwani chicken curry is ready to serve.
    Malvani chicken masala recipe

Malvani Chicken Rassa recipe card:

Malvani Chicken curry | Malvani masala | Maharastrian chicken curry

Malvani Chicken curry – The chicken is cooked in onion coconut gravy with freshly prepared Malvani masala.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 430kcal
Author Preeti Nayak

Ingredients

To marinate the chicken

  • 1 kg whole chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste, Adrak lasan ka paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, nibu ka ras
  • 1/4 Cup coriander leaves, hari dhaniya
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder, lal mirch powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder, haldi powder

To make Malvani masala

  • 6-7 dried red chilies sukhi lal mirch
  • 1/4 tsp cumin, jeera
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds, shahi jeera
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, rai
  • 1/2 tsp aniseed, saunf
  • 1- inch cinnamon, dalchini
  • 1/2 star anise, chakra phool
  • 4 cloves, laung
  • 10 black pepper, kali mirch
  • 1 black cardamom, Badi elaichi/masala elaichi
  • 1 black stone flower, dagad phool
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder, jaiphal
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds, til
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds, khus-khus
  • 1 blade mace, javitri
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds, methi dana

For making the onion-coconut paste:

  • 2 Onions, sliced
  • 1/2 Coconut, scrapped

For cooking the chicken:

  • 1 Bay leaf, Tej patta
  • 3 Onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder, lal mirch powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, haldi powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder, dhaniya powder
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil

Other ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped (to garnish)

Instructions

Preparations to be done:

    Marinate the chicken:

    • In a mixing bowl take chicken, ginger garlic paste, salt, lemon juice, coriander leaves, red chili powder, and turmeric powder. Mix it well, cover and keep it aside.

    Making the Malvani masala:

    • Heat a pan and roast dried red chilies until they puff up and becomes crisp. Keep it on a plate.
    • In the same pan add 1 tsp oil and the rest of the spices mentioned in the ingredients list to prepare Malvani masala. Roast till aromatic. Remove it on a plate. Let it cool down completely. Grind it in a mixer/grinder. Do not add water. Keep it aside.

    Making the onion-coconut paste

    • Add 1 tsp oil in a pan and sauté the onion slices till it changes its color to light golden. Add scraped coconut to it and sauté till the coconut is golden in color. Switch off the flame. Let it cool down completely. Grind it to a fine paste.

    Cooking the Malvani chicken curry:

    • Heat oil in a deep bottom vessel. Add a bay leaf and sauté for few seconds.
    • Add onions and sauté till they are translucent.
    • Now add ginger garlic paste and cook till raw smell from it leaves.
    • Next add red chili powder, turmeric powder & coriander powder, Saute for a minute.
    • To it add marinated chicken pieces. Mix everything well.
    • Add the prepared Malwani masala powder & mix. Cover & cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir it in between.
    • The oil will separate from the spices and the chicken will change the color.
    • Add onion-coconut paste. Mix it well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
    • Add water and adjust the consistency of the gravy.
    • Taste the gravy and add salt. Mix and cover and cook for 10 minutes. Keep stirring in between.
    • After 10 minutes the oil will float on the surface of the gravy. Malvani chicken curry is ready to serve.

    Video

    Notes

    1. I have used a mix of dried Kashmiri red chilies and Bedgi red chilies. 
    2. Adjust the amount of Malwani masala powder to the gravy. If you prefer less spicy then add only 2 tbsp of the prepared masala powder. Taste it and if needed add more.
    3. You can preserve the rest of the Malvani masala powder. Keep it in an airtight container and store it in the freezer.
    4. Roast all the whole spices on a low flame.

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