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Malvani Chicken curry | How to make chicken curry with Malvani masala

Malvani style Chicken Curry is a spicy and popular chicken recipe from the coastal region of Maharashtra - Malvan. Authentic Malvani chicken curry is made with hot and aromatic homemade Malvani masala and lots of coconut. A perfect chicken curry for all the spice lovers out there.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Konkani, Maharashtrian
Keyword: Chicken curry with coconut, Homemade malvani masala, Konkani chicken curry recipe, Malwani Chicken curry, malwani chicken rasaa
Servings: 6


  • large thick bottomed pan


Homemade Malvani Masala

  • 8-10 Dried red chillies (*Check notes)
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp tsp Caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 blades Mace
  • 1/4 nutmeg
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 3-4 Green Cardamom
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 10 Black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup Desiccated coconut
  • Pinch of Hing

To onion coconut paste

  • 2 large onions sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh grated coconut
  • 3-4 large Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Oil

For the curry

  • 1 1/2 kg Chicken
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Oil
  • Handful coriander leaves


  • Marinate the chicken with ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder and salt and keep it aside.
  • Roast all the ingredients under malvani masala until you get a nice nutty aroma.
  • Take it of the heat and let it cool for few minutes. Then ground into fine powder.
  • In a large thick bottomed pan/kadhai heat a table spoon of oil on medium heat and add the sliced onions and garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes until soft.
  • Then add the freshly grated coconut to the onions and roast them for 10-12 minutes until nicely roasted and golden brown in colour.
  • Take it off the heat and let it cool for some time and grind it into a paste with some water.
  • Add the rest of the oil to the same pan and heat it on medium flame. When the oil is hot add bay leaves and chopped onions and saute for 2-3 minutes until the onions turn golden brown.
  • Toss in the marinated chicken and fry for 5 minutes until it is brown on all sides and no longer raw.
  • Then add the prepared malvani masala powder to the chicken and stir everything well.
  • Then stir in the onion- coconut paste to the chicken. Cook the chicken along with the masalas for 5-6 minutes.
  • Now add 3 cups of water to the chicken, cover and cook the chicken stirring intermittently. Check the seasoning add salt if required.
  • Cook for 18-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and you see the oil floating on top.
  • Sprinkle some fresh coriander leaves and take it off the heat.
  • Serve it hot with rice, roti or kombdi vade.
    Malvani Chicken curry Recipe


*If you like it less spicy you can adjust the amount of red chillies in the malvani masala.
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