chicken varuval

Chicken varuval (Chicken chukka)

By Swasthi on August 7, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Chicken varuval recipe – Learn how to make chettinad chicken fry – Bangalore is one of the places where we get to enjoy delicious dishes from different Indian Cuisines. There are a lot of restaurants specialized in serving chettinad foods in Bangalore. Dishes from chettinad cusine always made way to the order They are mildly spicy with lot of fennel flavor, not like the Andhra foods that flame up the body with spices after eating.

chicken varuval recipe

Many yrs ago, got this chettinad chicken fry recipe called as chicken varuval recipe from a tamil friend who hailed from Madurai, and was our neighbor in bangalore.

She was a very good cook. I used to adore her health consciousness while cooking and the way she used to handle her kids. It is almost 6 yrs, since I have been cooking this.

To make a good chettinad chicken varuval recipe, all the ingredients are a must to get a good aroma.

you can find more simple chicken fry recipes on the blog,
pepper chicken
andhra chicken fry

How to make chettinad chicken varuval

1. to make chettinad masala, dry roast all the ingredients one after the other with out burning and powder along with cashews or almonds or fried gram (potukadalai). i used cashews, it gives a restaurant style taste.

ingredients needed to make chettinad chicken masala

2. Add oil to a pan, fry dry spices for a minute.

frying spices in pan to make chicken varuval recipe

3. Add coarsely crushed onion or finely chopped onions, along with ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears for about 5 minutes.

addition of onion paste ginger garlic paste for chicken varuval recipe

4. Add chicken, turmeric and fry till the chicken turns to white in color.

frying chicken with turmeric in oil for chicken varuval recipe

5. cover and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes.

cooking covered for making chicken varuval recipe

6. Add the spice powder. Fry till you get a good aroma for about 2 to 4 minutes.

addition of spice powders for chicken varuval recipe

7. Add about 1/4 cup water and cook till the chicken is completely cooked. Adjust more or less water as needed.Add lemon juice and stir.

addition of water to the pan to cook chicken varuval recipe

8. Fry till the chettinad masala clings on to the chicken.

frying masala to blend well

9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve with rice and rasam.

garnished with coriander leave chicken varuval

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Chicken varuval (Chicken chukka)

Chicken chukka varuval is a simple chicken stir fry made in the chettinad style with fresh ground spices.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 500 grams bone-in-chicken (or boneless)
  • 6 to 8 shallots (coarsely crushed in a mixer or very finely chopped)
  • 1 ½ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsps sesame oil or any oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice

Whole spices

  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 to 6 cloves
  • 1 green cardamom optional

Masala powder (dry roast all ingredients and powder)

  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds /daniya
  • 1 tsp cumin / jeera
  • ½ tsp pepper corn
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds / saunf
  • 4 to 5 Red chillies (adjust to suit your taste)
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves , fresh
  • 1 tbsp dry coconut or 1 tbsp poppy seeds or sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp roasted gram or 8 to 10 cashews or 10 to 12 blanched almonds


  • Heat oil in a pan, add the dry spices and sauté for a min
  • Add the onions crushed or finely chopped and ginger garlic paste, fry till on a medium flame the raw smell disappears. This takes around 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken, salt and turmeric. Fry on high flame till the chicken turns white in color. This takes around 2 to 3 mins.
  • Simmer the flame. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 mins, occasionally flipping the pieces to prevent burning.
  • Add the powdered masala, fry till you get good aroma.
  • Add about ¼ cup water and stir well. How much water to use depends on how tender your chicken is. So adjust the quantity as needed.
  • Cover and cook till the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Add lemon juice and mix well.
  • Fry till all the water evaporates and the masala clings to the chicken.
  • Garnish with fine chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve chicken chukka varuval with rice and rasam for a simple and delicious meal.

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
Chicken varuval (Chicken chukka)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 514 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 129mg6%
Potassium 548mg16%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 35.6mg43%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi.. can you please give the approximate weight of the onion if possible? Sometimes shallots not available.

Dear swasthi I am not a great cook but thanks to you my family loves my cooking. I have got better at it only because I follow your recipees. Thank u very much.

I do have a query. Whenever I cook chicken approx 1.5 to 2 kgs it oozes alot of water. What should I do then .

hi swasthi! i just got married and i had zero cooking skills. But your recipes helped me a lot. The dishes turned out great and my husband has praised me too! Thanks to your recipes. Thanks for being a lifesaver!

Made this 3 days back &amp its one of the best Indian thick curry I’ve made by far. It had a combination of many flavours. Thanks for sharing tis great recipe. Making it again today as we can’t get enough of it!

Thanks for the chicken varaval recipe. Tried it, loved it. Once again thank you for sharing.

I tried couple chicken recipes and they were on the kids loved it..I am an amateur when it comes to cooking. I just love ur recipes, truly tried and tested . Thanks so much

Tried your chicken varruval recipe. It was delicious. Tq for sharing.

Mouth watering dish

Absolutely mouth watering.brilliant dish!

Looks very Yummy!!!

Looks delicious and mouth watering.

This is a nice &amp; delicious chicken preparation..Nicely presented..<br />Prathima Rao<br />Parts Corner

Hi Swasthi, thank you for visiting and for the lovely thought….after going throu ur blog I feel you might be from Andhra, and by following you i will get a chance to get more of Andhra recipes. This chettinad chicken looks yum…keep connected dear…and welcome to stay at home moms club 🙂

simply love it 🙂

mouthwatering dish…love it…

Will attempt this for my &#39;non vegetarian &#39; kids! Looks good.

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Oho such a lovely recipe and blog. I love any preparation of Chicken… Must try once this recipe .Thanks for sharing.Happy to follow you.

I absolutely love this!