Kozhi Varuthathu ~ Malabar Style Chicken Fry

Time seems to fly so fast. I don't think this is the first time I have mentioned this statement as the beginning to a blog post. :) My elder one, Rasha turned 8 on Friday. As every mother would say, it feels like yesterday that she was born. I don't want to say the same thing, it sounds so cliched, though every mother would echo the feeling and every father would treasure it. Being our first child, we carefully named her so after my first two letter and HD's first three letters! :) Her love for cartoons drive me nuts at times, as she can watch it continuously without a break and I am struggling to break the habit. I am sincerely hoping that soon she will get bored of this habit soon! Being our elder child, she does feel at times that Azza takes away too much of the attention, and in fact, Azza is so cunning that she takes every chance to be the limelight. But then this is something that all the elder ones go through, which includes myself! Just like every mother, all I pray for her is to grow up to be a good and responsible Muslim and a human being, nothing more...

A very simple recipe for today - the way we fry our chicken. This is a no-frill attached recipe - just put in all the ingredients for the chicken and get frying! By the way, it is really difficult to find people who love fried chicken! I haven't been frying for quite some time due to the fear of dipping them deep into a huge bowl of oil. But once I got the air fryer, I have been frying chicken on and off. I am already thinking of frying a whole chicken, hopefully soon! :) Till then, moving on to this simple recipe...

Kozhi Varuthathu ~ Kerala Style Chicken Fry
Serves 4


1 kg chicken, cut into medium pieces (I used thighs)
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp vinegar or a juice of one lime


Wash and drain the chicken well. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl in a dry paste - do not add any water. Add the chicken and coat well all over. Marinate for at least one hour.

Heat oil in a saucepan and deep fry on medium flame till browned and cooked - or like I did, you can use your air fryer to fry it in a healthy way!


You can substitute the Kashmiri red chilli with normal red chilli if you want it spicier.

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