andhra chicken curry recipe

Andhra chicken curry recipe

By Swasthi on August 11, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Andhra chicken curry recipe with gravy – Learn to make simple andhra style chicken curry gravy with step by step photos. Andhra cuisine is popular for hot and spicy foods and especially the foods made in Guntur region. Guntur, a small town in andhra pradesh is well known for its fiery hot and spicy foods.

andhra chicken curry recipe

This spicy and hot simple andhra chicken curry recipe called as kodi kura is a gravy that is cooked with minimum ingredients in many households in vijaywada and guntur regions of andhra pradesh.

Well there are many versions of andhra chicken curry, while in the coastal regions it is prepared with coconut milk or ground coconut.

kodi kura can be made with tomatoes or can use curd or lemon juice.

You may also like to check this chicken curry recipe on the blog.

About the recipe

Andhra chicken curry recipe shared here does not require any tomatoes, coconut milk or paste, instead poppy seeds and lemon juice are used to neutralize the spicy taste and to bring down the body temperature that is caused by the spices and chicken.

There are also recipes that call for more ingredients, but this chicken curry is a simple and quick one that is tasty and is easy to prepare. I have also mentioned tomatoes and coconut as optional ingredients and when to use them.

More andhra chicken recipes on the blog
chicken iguru ,
chicken ghee roast ,
restaurant style kodi vepudu ,
guntur kodi vepudu

Preparation for Andhra chicken curry

1. Wash chicken, drain off the water and marinate with ginger garlic paste , lemon juice,salt, turmeric and red chili powder. Set aside till we need it.

marination with chili, lemon juice ginger garlic for making andhra chicken curry recipe

2. Dry roast or sundry poppy seeds till crunchy. Powder them first finely and then add very little water and make a fine paste. If adding coconut add it along with water and make a paste. If you do not have a good blender or do not have poppy seeds, use 10 cashew nuts, make a smooth paste.

dry roasting coconut poppy seeds for andhra chicken curry kodi kura

Add water to this poppy seeds powder and make a smooth paste. Adding coconut or cashews helps to make this paste smooth.

blending poppy seeds in mixer for making andhra chicken curry recipe

How to make andhra chicken curry recipe- kodi kura gravy

3. Heat oil in a deep pan, sauté bay leaf, cumin, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom in the oil for a min. If you don’t have bay leaf, you can use curry leaves.

frying dry spices in oil for making andhra chicken curry recipe

4. Add green chili, onions and salt. Fry till onions turn golden brown evenly.

frying onions till golden

5. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears. If using tomato, add it now and fry till the tomatoes turn mushy and the oil begins to separate.

frying ginger garlic paste to make andhra chicken curry recipe

6. Add the marinated chicken and fry on a high flame for 2 to 3 mins.

frying marinated chicken in onions to make andhra chicken curry recipe

7. Add mint leaves and the rest of the chili powder and garam masala. Mix well and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. i have updated this recipe with mint leaves, but you cannot find them in the step by step pictures.

addition of pudina mint to the pan for andhra chicken curry recipe

8. Pour water just enough to immerse the chicken. Mix well. (I used 200 ml, but this depends on the kind of chicken you are using).

addition of water to pan to cook

9. Close the lid and cook on a low flame till the chicken is fully cooked, soft and tender.

10. Add the poppy seeds paste, mine became thick milk like instead of paste. Stir well and cook till you get the required consistency. Keep stirring else the poppy seeds paste will stick to the bottom.

addition of ground poppy seeds paste

Serve with rice or chapathi with onion raita.

andhra chicken curry recipe with poppy seeds from swasthis recipes

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A simple andhra style chicken curry recipe called as kodi kura prepared using mint and poppy seeds
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • ½ kg chicken
  • ¼ tbsp red chili powder (adjust as needed)
  • 3 onions medium , finely chopped
  • 1 green chili slit or chopped
  • ¾ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tomato chopped finely (optional) (refer notes)
  • 1 handful mint leaves finely chopped (optional)

To make a fine paste

  • 3 tbsp Poppy seeds or 10 cashewnuts / jeedi pappu
  • 2 tbsp Coconut (optional)


  • ¾ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • tsp turmeric
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 to 3 tbsp lemon juice (adjust as needed) or curd
  • ¾ tbsp red chili powder

Whole spice

  • 1 bay leaf or 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • ¼ shahi jeera or cumin

for garam masala powder or use 1 to 1 ½ tsp readymade

  • tbsp Coriander seeds / daniya
  • 2 inch Cinnamon thin
  • 4 to 6 Cloves
  • 3 cardamom
  • ½ tsp jeera
  • 6 pepper corn


  • Sun dry or dry roast poppy seeds. First powder them thoroughly to a fine powder and then add water to make a smooth paste. Use very little water. Do not add water before it becomes a fine powder else you will feel the poppy seeds in the mouth while eating. If you cannot make a smooth paste, do not attempt to use the poppy paste, instead replace with 10 cashew nuts paste.If using coconut add it along with water to make a fine paste or thick milk like consistency.
  • Marinate chicken with marination ingredients and set aside till we use it.
  • Add oil in a pan and heat till hot, sauté the whole spices in the oil for a min.
  • Add green chili, salt and onions. Fry till onions become fragrant and golden evenly.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and sauté again till it becomes fragrant. Do not burn. If using tomato, you can add now and fry till the mixture is roasted well and oil begins to separate.
  • Add chicken and fry on a high flame for 2 to 3 mins.
  • Add chopped mint leaves and the rest of the chili powder and garam masala.
  • Add water just enough to immerse the chicken.Do not add lot of water. Curry becomes runny.
  • Cover and cook on a low flame till the chicken is fully cooked and is tender.
  • Add the poppy seeds paste. Stir well and cook till you get the required consistency for about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir often to prevent the poppy seeds paste from sticking at the bottom. Serve andhra chicken curry with any rice or phulka.


If you wish to use tomato, reduce the lemon juice for marination. Add chopped onions after frying ginger garlic paste and then fry till the tomatoes turn mushy and begin to leave oil.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Andhra chicken curry
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 638 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 236mg10%
Potassium 782mg22%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1420IU28%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 221mg22%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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andhra chicken curry
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5 stars
When do you add the curry leaves? I see no mention of it in the recipe!

Very easy to make… Yummy.. whole family enjoyed a lot… Thank you for sharing

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Hi Swati,
Thanks for sharing such mouth watering recipe. Hand full of mint adds flavour to the recipe. Thanks again.

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i am new to cooking chicken but i got nice taste with your recipe help thanks

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Nice explanation

Very nicely explained. I will try tomorrow itself. Thanks.

5 stars
Well presented

Hii there. What kind of oil do you use for the chicken curry. I am new to trying to cook Indian receipes. Is that the oil that you use regularly?

5 stars

It’s awesome

Hi swasthi
Hw can we prepare chicken masala powder at home for all chicken dishes..!!
Can u tell me that..??

Ok Thanq 🙂

Your receips are sooo delicious. Excellent explanation, love it. I use everyday in my cooking. Thanks for sharing your cooking skills and knowledge with us.

Question? Is the garam masala section to make the garam masala powder? Or is ot all in addition to the garam masala? Do i need everything under both garam masala pow and whole spice?

5 stars
Recipe came out so well. Such well written recipes. Thank you

Fingerlicking good!!!. We have so many Andhra restaurants around where I live but this beats all of ‘me. Thanks for sharing

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Hello from London. Yesterday I attempted this chicken curry receipe – and it turned out great!! Thank you for the detailed instructions. Today I am going to try the simple Briyani in he cooker.

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Hi Swasthi..I am pregnant n living in the US.Have tried so many indian chicken food here but didn’t like it at all… this particular recipe is so reminded me of my moms food.The only words that came out from me after tasting my chicken made with your recipe is “God bless you”..really i so mean it.

5 stars
Very nice

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Hi Swasti, thank you for this lovely recipe. The kodi kura turned out great! My family members love it! I’ve shared your website with friends and relatives.

Incidentally we are a Chinese family, crazy about authentic Indian food.

Thank you for your generous sharing. ???

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Hi swasti I tried it today came out very very nice , i had added two green chillies grinding with poppy seeds my hubby likes non veg dishes to be hottt.. And other all same process you mentioned… Thanks a lottttt…?

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Tried it and came out well but was less spicy…. Thank you