Chettinad Curry ( South Indian Recipes )

Chettinad Curry ( South Indian Recipes )

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Here's a spicy curry from tamilnadu that tastes best with steamed rice. The chettinad masala for this curry can even be made a week in advance and stored in air-tight bottles.

Chettinad Curry ( South Indian Recipes ) recipe - How to make Chettinad Curry ( South Indian Recipes )

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings


For The Chettinad Masala
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
1 tsp coriander (dhania) (dhania) seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) (jeera)
2 whole dry red chillies (pandi) , broken into pieces
3 cardamoms (elaichi)
1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf) (saunf)
3 cloves (laung / lavang) (laung / lavang)
25 mm (1") cinnamon (dalchini) (dalchini)
1 tbsp oil

Other Ingredients
2 tbsp poppy seeds (khus-khus) (khus-khus)
2 tbsp broken cashewnuts (kaju) (kaju)
25 mm (1")piece ginger(adrak)
6 garlic (lehsun) clove
3 tbsp oil
1/2 cup chooped onions
3 tomatoes , blanched and grated
salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi) (haldi)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
4 to 5 curry leaves (kadi patta) (kadi_spell! patta)
3 cups boiled mixed vegetables (cauliflower , peas , french beans)
1/2 cup coconut

For the chettinad masala

    For the chettinad masala
  1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the chettttinad masala ingredients till you get a roasted aroma. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Soak the poppy seeds and cashewnuts in hot water for 5 minutes.
  2. Drain, add the ginger and garlic and grind with the roasted chettinad masala and ¼ cup water to make a fine paste. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a kadhai, add the onions and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  4. Add the tomatoes, salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder and cook till the tomatoes are well blended with the masala and the oil seperates from the sides.
  5. Add the ground paste and curry leaves and saute for 2 minutes.
  6. Add 1 cup of water and vegetables,cover and cook till the gravy thickens.
  7. Add the coconut milk,mix well and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot.


Chettinad Curry ( South Indian Recipes )
 on 02 Mar 20 02:26 PM

Tarla Dalal
03 Mar 20 01:46 PM
   Suchitra, thanks for the feedback.
Chettinad Curry ( South Indian Recipes )
 on 14 Feb 18 12:21 PM

When does one add the prawns? The recipe does not indicate the quantity of prawns for this recipe and when to add the same.
Tarla Dalal
14 Feb 18 12:59 PM
   Hi, There is no prawn in this recipe ,we deal only with veg recipes....
Chettinad Curry ( South Indian Recipes )
 on 01 Apr 16 12:13 AM

Hi. In the other ingredients you have mentioned 6 cloves but in the method they haven''t been used. Could you please have a look?
Tarla Dalal
01 Apr 16 12:29 PM
   Hi Krati, it was an error from our side, we have rectified the recipe. Thank you for informing us.
Chettinad Curry ( South Indian Recipes )
 on 26 Sep 15 03:23 PM

Tried this recipe and it was so tasty.
Chettinad Curry ( South Indian Recipes )
 on 20 Jan 12 06:31 PM

Awesome Recipe!! i tried an it turned out soooo tasty!!! i got 110 marks out of 100 :) by my Hubby how is so fond of South Indian Recipes!