Chicken korma

how to make chicken korma
Prepration time: 1 Hour
Persons served: 6 Persons
Cuisine: Kerala


  • Chicken piece : 1kg (thigh and leg pieces 15pieces)
  • Onion : 4 medium sized thinly sliced
  • Chopped ginger : 1 table spoon
  • Garlic : 10 cloves
  • Green chillie : 8nos
  • Cashew nuts : 50gm
  • KasKas / White poppy seeds : 1tsp
  • Coconut milk : 500 ml
  • Garam masala : 1/2 tsp
  • Chicken masala : 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut oil : 3tsp
  • Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder : 2tsp
  • Curry Leaves : 1 sprig
  • Coriander leaves : 1-2 sprig
  • Salt : as needed

Chicken Korma is popular side dish (curry) in Kerala which can be served with with Appam / pathiri / bread.

Chicken Korma Preparation

  1. Soak Cashew nut and KasKas (white poppy seeds) in 1 cup of water and make it into a paste after 15 minutes.
  2. Add coconut oil in a frying pan and add sliced onion, sliced green chillies, chopped ginger, sliced garlic cloves and saute till onion becomes brownish.
  3. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and keep saute.
  4. Take it into a flat plate and let it cool. Make it into a paste in a mixer.
  5. Take a big frying pan and add the paste to it.
  6. Pour coconut milk (add 3/4th volume).
  7. Add chicken pieces into the pan and mix.
  8. Add chicken masala, garam masala, 1/2 tsp salt and cook.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Cook for 30-40 minutes.
  11. Add Cashew-nut and KasKas paste (#1) into the pan.
  12. Add remaining coconut milk and curry leaves, coriander leaves.
  13. Cover the lid and cook in medium flame.
  14. Serve it hot with Appam pathiri / bread 🙂


  • Use big pieces of chicken.

Tell me your comments if you have tried it or if you are using a different preparation.


How would you rate this recipe?

93 votes, 4.41 / 5.00 (87%)
  • S

    Hello ! Kitchen Doctor – Thanks again for this wonderful recipe my folks simply smacked it down delectably. Sure, we are slowly but surely becoming addicts to your delicious recipes. Please. Please. keep supplying us with more such delights. Thanks again Kitchen Doctor you made our Sunday a gourmet extravaganza. This chicken korma very very awesome.

    • says:

      @Sridhar : Thank you very much for the support.

  • S

    i tried and found excellent, tasty and recommended to my friends….

    • says:

      TY Shanavas for trying and recommending our recipes..

  • says:

    when you say chicken masala, what kind of masala are you referring to? pre packaged like MDH, Badhsha etc?

    • says:

      Yes Leela. Its the prepackaged ones available under many brand names.

  • says:

    So the onion garlic and green chilly has to be grinded in a mixer?

    • says:

      @Jassim Jamal : You have to first prepare a masala of it, as mentioned in Steps 2 and 3.

  • A

    kichen doctor thanku for your valuble recipies

    • says:

      Thanks Annie… Glad to know you found it useful..

  • A


    i have tried the Chicken Korma and it has come out absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    • says:

      Thanks a lot for trying the recipe and taking time to drop a comment Ajith. Comments like your’s encourages us a lot…
      Cheers 🙂

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