Chicken Ghassi (South Indian Chicken Curry) - Step by Step Recipe

Chicken ghassi is very delicious and flavorful South Indian chicken curry made with coconut milk and whole spices. I tried Chef Sanjeev...

Chicken ghassi is very delicious and flavorful South Indian chicken curry made with coconut milk and whole spices. I tried Chef Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe and it came out excellent. I made little variation to the original recipe by adding more spices and curry leaves. Check out original recipe here - Chicken Ghassi by Sanjeev Kapoor.

Serving for - 2 -3


Chicken - 500 gm (Remove skin and cut into medium sized pieces. Wash into warm water.)

To make Masala Paste

Dry grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 (Sliced)
Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Dried red chilies - 5
Cloves - 4
Black peppercorns - 18-20
Cinnamon - 1.5 inch stick
Curry leaves - 15-20

Other Ingredients

Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Coconut milk - 1/3 cup
Paprika - 1 tsp (Optional)
Tamarind pulp - 2 tbsp (I used 3/4 tsp of tamarind paste concentrate)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Pinch of asafoetida
Curry leaves - 5-6
Oil - 3 tbsp
Salt to taste

For Marination

Ginger Garlic paste (4 big cloves of garlic + 1.5 inch ginger piece)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp


  • Grind ginger and garlic together to a coarse paste. 
  • Take chicken in a bowl. Add turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste and lemon juice. Mix well and let it marinate for about half hour. Meanwhile make the masala for curry.
  • Dry roast coconut on low heat till it turns slight brown in color. Make sure you don't burn it. Take it aside and add 2-3 tsp of oil in same pan. Add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamom stick, cloves, black peppercorns, red chilies and curry leaves. Roast them nicely on low heat till nice aroma starts to come out. It may take around 2-3 minutes. Add sliced onion and saute for a minute. Switch off the heat and let the mixture cool down.
  • Add this mixture in a blender along with roasted coconut and make a smooth paste by adding 1/2 cup of water. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, pinch of asafoetida and curry leaves. Let them splutter. Add chopped onion and saute till translucent.
  • Add marinated chicken.
  • Add ground masala paste, paprika, 2 cups of water and salt to taste. Mix well and cover the pan. Let it cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • Then add tamarind pulp and coconut milk. Reduce the heat and allow curry to simmer for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Switch off the heat and garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve hot with any Indian flat bread or plain rice.


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  1. A Veggie by habit now, cannot comment on how good the chicken would have tasted, but the curry surely draws my attention.
    Love Ash.

  2. Absolutely lovely dish. Love it!

  3. super tempting mouthwatering chicken curry

  4. Chicken Ghassi looks tempting with full of flavor, so well explained with beautiful pics :-)

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  5. Mouthwatering Chicken Ghassi :)

  6. lovely presentation and the outcome is also very good..

  7. very tempting dish ............ nice work ...........



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