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Thakalli Masala Kozhi (Chicken Tomato Masala)

Thakalli Masala Kozhi is a tomato based spicy chicken curry from the heart of Chettinad region - Kairakudi. Ready under 30 minutes this is a dish you should be bookmarking.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine chettinad
Servings 4 serving


  • 3 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 inchs cinnamon piece
  • 3 pods cardamom green
  • 2 onions small finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 and 3/4 tsps chilli powder (kashmiri or goondu preffered)
  • 3 - 4 pods garlic of minced
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • 1 cup tomato fresh puree
  • to taste salt
  • 500 grams chicken curry cut


  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom kadhai. When hot toss the cinnamon and cardamom and saute, till fragrant and the cardamom has plumped up.
  • Add onions and stir, saute till the onions are translucent. Then add the dry spices, minced ginger and minced garlic. Saute further for 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomato puree and salt and cook, stirring occasionally till oil separates from the masala. At this point add the chicken. Stir to coat chicken and add 3/4 cup of water. Cover and cook till the chicken is tender approximately 12-14 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with hot rice and dal as a perfect weekday dinner or sunday lunch.


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