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Jowar Roti and Chicken Saaru (Gowda style spicy chicken curry)

Chicken Saaru is an amazing Gowda style spicy chicken curry which tastes amazing with some traditional Jowar Roti! A perfect lunch option! 
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian


For the Jowar Roti

  • 1 cup Jowar Atta
  • pinch salt
  • water warm water to knead the atta

For Chicken Saaru

  • 1/2 kg chicken cut in medium sized pieces
  • 2 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsps oil
  • Handful curry leaves
  • to taste salt

For the masala paste

  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 4 tomatoes ripe
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves fresh
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 chillies dry red
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 3 to 4 pods garlic
  • 2 tsps poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp dal roasted channa
  • 1 tbsp sambhar powder


  • The Jowar Roti
  • Knead jowar atta and warm water to make a soft dough. Knead the dough for about 6-8 minutes till it is really soft.
  • Now distribute in 10 portions, roll out each portion using chakla and dusted hands into a really thin roti. This is the trickiest part. My househelp showed me a couple of them and then I was able to roll. Initially you might not be able to roll it very thin, its ok make it as thin as possible.
  • Cook this on a really hot tawa. Now as soon as you put the roti on the tava using a tissue paper or a brush, wet the side on the top with water. This helps keeping the roti soft.
  • Flip and cook the other side.
  • For the Chicken Saaru.
  • Dry roast poppy seeds till they start turning brown. Grind these with the rest of the masala ingredients into a smooth paste. Adding as little water as possible.
  • Now in a heavy bottom pan, heat 2 tsp oil. Add curry leaves and onions. Fry till onions are translucent.
  • To this add the masala paste and 1 tsp oil and cook for 8-10 minutes till the masala is fully cooked. You will have to keep stirring this often since it can get stuck at the bottom.
  • Now add the chicken pieces and fry for 5 minutes till they are coated with the masala.
  • Add about 2 cups of hot water to this and continue cooking till the chicken is cooked and you have a thick brownish gravy. Serve hot with jowar rotis or ragi mudde or rice.


The “Jowar Roti & Chicken Saaru” is part of the endeavor to create a collection of recipes of Traditional Indian Cuisines in collaboration with a few bloggers who share the same passion of cooking. Find more Traditional Recipes from Karnataka by #TheKichenDivas. Also check the Pinterest board
1. Channa Gassi by Saffron Trail (http://saffrontrail.blogspot.in/)
2. Rava Idli by FunFoodFrolic (http://www.funfoodfrolic.com/)
3. Ragi Ambil by WhiskAffair (http://www.whiskaffair.com/)
4.Thouthe Kodel (Mangalore Cucumber Curry) by Archana’s Kitchen (http://www.archanaskitchen.com)
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