Easy chicken varattiyathu



  1. Chicken (boneless) – 500 grams
  2. Chopped onion – 3 medium
  3. Greenchilly – 1 number, slit
  4. Garlic – 5 big cloves, chopped
  5. Ginger – 1/2″ piece, very finely chopped
  6. Curry leaves – a sprig
  7. Sliced Tomatoes – 1 big
  8. Red chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  9. Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp.
  10. Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  11. Salt – to taste
  12. Coconut oil – 2 tbsps. + 2 tbsps.; divided

To marinate the chicken

  1. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp.
  2. Salt – 1.25 tsps.
  3. Coarsely crushed pepper powder – 3/4 tsp. (level)
  4. Coconut oil – 1 tsp.


  1. Cut the chicken into 1″ pieces.Marinate the chicken pieces with 1.25 tsps. of  salt, pepper powder, turmeric powder and 1 tsp of coconut oil for 1 hour. Heat 2 tbsps. of coconut oil in a broad non-stick pan for shallow frying the chicken pieces. Fry the chicken pieces for 5 minutes on each side. Keep aside.
  2. Heat 2 tbsps. of oil in another pan and add the onions, ginger, garlic, greenchilly and curry leaves. Remove 2 tbsps. of this onion mixture & reserve.
  3. When brown add the red chilly powder and mix on low heat for a minute.
  4. Throw in tomato slices and continue sautéing till the oil starts to separate for about 15 minutes. Add garam masala powder, pepper powder, the reserved onion masala and mix.
  5. Add the chicken pieces along with any water that was left out by the meat while frying. Check for salt. Cover cook on very low heat for 15 minutes / till chicken is cooked.
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