Koli Curry / Coorg Chicken Curry

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This mouthwatering chicken curry drenched in coconut base and seasoned with kachampuli ( black vinegar) is very unique to the character of Coorg. This versatile curry goes well with possibly anything you can think of – rice, akki rotis, kadambuttu, paputtu, bread, dosas, idlis, appams, etc – The list is endless but best and most frequently combined with nuputtu ( steamed rice noodles made from scratch).  If you love Coorg and it’s cuisine, this quick and delicious curry will definitely please your platter πŸ™‚

Serves: 2-3

1/2 kg chicken, cut in small pieces and washed
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp kachampuli (black vinegar) or 1 tsp tamarind extract
Salt to taste
2tbsp Oil
1 cup medium sized onion, chopped
Coriander leaves for garnish


1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2β€³ piece cinnamon
4 cloves
1 tsp poppy seeds, roasted
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp chopped ginger
4 green chilies
1 cup fresh/frozen coconut, cut into small pieces or grated


  1. Marinate chicken in red chili powder and turmeric set it aside for 30mins minimum. Overnight is better πŸ™‚ Chicken with bones is a good option for this curry.
  2. The next step is to prepare the raw masala paste. In a mixer jar, add in all ingredients – coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves ginger, garlic, green chilies, roasted poppy seeds. Grind together adding little water to make a paste. – less than Β½ cup.
  3. In a large pan, heat oil and fry onions till golden brown.
  4. Then add the fresh raw masalaΒ paste and fry till the raw smell goes off. You know it is ready when you get a nice aroma and oil on the sides ooze out.
  5. Now add the chicken pieces, salt to taste and fry for about 5mins.
  6. Once the colour of chicken pieces change, add 2 cups of water.
  7. Cover with a lid and cook the chicken on low heat till tender approx. 15 minutes
  8. Once the chicken is cooked add the kachampuli extract or tamarind extract as a substitute.
  9. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
  10. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
  11. Enjoy with Akki Roti / Kadambuttu or steamed white rice.

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