Chicken uppu kari

Chicken uppu kari which literally translates to chicken salt curry is quite simple to make with the least of ingredients from your kitchen pantry. This is somewhat similar to pallipalayam chicken as it  uses onions and dry red chillies as one of the important ingredients but it does have its mild variations here and there.

And ofcourse, there is a difference in the taste too. This particular dish goes well with south indian tiffin items like idli, dosa, poori,roti and also be best complemented with white rice or rasam rice. It can also go into tortilla wrap, options are endless!


500 gms of chicken
2 large onions,finely  chopped
6-7 dry red chillies
3 sprig curry leaves
1 tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp black pepper corns
1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp + 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
rock salt as per taste
1 tsp garam masala powder


Add a tsp of turmeric powder to chicken pieces and coat them well. Then wash thoroughly with running water for about 6-7 times.

Heat a pan and add oil. Once it gets warm, add fennel seeds and curry leaves.

Add chopped onions and saute till translucent.

Add broken dried red chillies.

Saute for a minute.

then add ginger garlic paste and cook until raw smell goes away. Optionally you can add one or two  green chillies while making the ginger garlic paste to enhance the spice to the next level.

Add chicken pieces.

Add turmeric.

Add salt.

Add garam masala powder.

Mix it well together. Cover it with a lid and cook on high 10 minutes.

 Have used broiler chicken and hence it cooks faster,if using country chicken then cook till it becomes soft.

Meanwhile, roast peppercorns and fennel seeds.

Make a coarse powder using mortar and pestle or using a mixer.

Add coarse powder to the chicken.

Add coriander leaves.

Give it a mix and switch off the flame.

Voila! tasty chicken side dish is ready to devour with white rice. Do try this recipe and share your valuable feedback.


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