Chicken Uppu Kari

Chettinad Kozhi Uppu Kari (curry)- Chicken Uppu Kari

Chettinad kozhi uppu kari or chettinad chicken uppu curry, is a special South Indian chicken recipe with  whole spice mix. With minimum ingredients, chicken uppu kari can be prepared and this dry roast chicken is a tasty side dish for rice, roti etc.

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Step – 1 (Marinating the chicken for uppu kari)


  • Chicken – 750 gms (Small cuts)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as needed


Mix all the ingredients together. Keep it for about 1 hour.

Step – 2 (Preparing Chicken Uppu Curry)


  • Oil – 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Star anise – 1 no
  • Cloves – 5 nos,
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1/2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 tbsp
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece (sliced)
  • Garlic – 5 to 8 cloves (sliced)
  • Shallots – 1 cup
  • Fresh coconut – 1/2 cup (chopped, optional)
  • Dried red chilli – 10 to 15 nos (chopped)
  • Pepper powder – 1 tbsp
  • Lime juice – 1 tbsp


In a heated pan, add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add mustard, fenugreek, coriander and fennel seeds. Add cardamom, star anise, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. Then wait till the seeds start to pop. Now add the chopped ginger, garlic, shallots, coconut and dried red chilli. Add few curry leaves and a pinch of salt. Saute till onion starts to change the colour.

As chilli powder is not added in this dish, colour and taste come from the dried chilli added into it.

Add the marinated chicken. Add additional water only if needed. Mix well, add more oil if needed. Cover and cook over very low flame. Open and stir in between. Cook till the chicken is done well. Add lime juice and we can add more black pepper if needed at this stage. Mix well, cook it for some more time, to make the dish dry, or can leave it as such. Tasty Chicken Uppu Kari (Curry) is ready!!

Refer detailed step by step cooking video of Chicken Uppu Curry  below: