Chettinad Curry

This weekend I was planning to make a curry from Tarla Dalal’s cookbook Curries and Kadhis. Though chettinad karakozhambu is very famous and makes a good combination for rice and pappadams, this curry is almost like a side dish for dosas/idlis/parathas as well as rice.

The interesting part in making this dish was that, when I was reading the recipe instructions I saw a list of vegetables to use, only to find that they were never included in the recipe! In the end, I made a curry paste using the book and the rest according to the vegetables I had!

Ingredients (Serves-2)

Onion- finely chopped- 1/4 cup
Tomatoes -2
Cauliflower florets -1/4 cup
Potatoes- 3

For the spice paste:

Grated coconut- 1/4 cup
Coriander seeds- 1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Red chilies-2
Pepper corns- 2
Cinnamon-1″ piece
Poppy seeds- 1/4 tsp
Cashews- 1 tsp

Other ingredients:
Red chili powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil- 1 tbsp
Curry leaves- few springs
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp


Soak poppy seeds and cashews in hot water for 5 minutes.

Toast together the ingredients given under the spice paste list to a golden brown color. Grind them to a powder and then add just enough water and make it like a paste along with poppy seeds and cashews.

Chop the tomatoes into cubes. Cut potatoes and cauliflower into 1″ cubes.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, when they splutter add curry leaves. Add the chopped onions and salt and stir fry well. Add tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric powder and saute well till the oil separates. Finally add cauliflower and potatoes and mix them well. Add about 2 cups of water and let the vegetables cook.

Once the vegetables are 3/4th cooked, mix in the ground spice paste and let it simmer for 5 minutes, till the gravy thickens and oil floats on top.

Switch off. Garnish with cilantro leaves(optional) and serve hot with rice or rotis.

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23 Comments to “Chettinad Curry”

  1. Madhu says:

    Looks very flavorful…nice recipe with cauliflower.

  2. Sounds super yummy !!! Never made it this way before.

  3. swathi says:


    Chettinad curry looks really good.I haven’t made because i don’t have their special spices.

  4. Cham says:

    I ve made with egg and non veg, but not with veggie! Spicy and tasty!

  5. Srimathi says:

    I love the chettinad cuisine. Will have to give this one a try.

  6. Veggie Belly says:

    im surprised to hear there were ingredients in the books recipe that werent used! your curry looks delicious.

  7. notyet100 says:

    curry looks delicious

  8. says:

    This curry looks really rich nad lovely. I dont use much coconut in cooking but I see majority of dishes on various blogs have coconut as key ingredient.I will try this.

  9. Rohini says:

    Slurp!! I always wanted to try these yummy curries, but never actually made them.. Will try soon :)

  10. Love spicy chettinad style dishes…and this one looks worth a try and nice way to put all the vegetables in this spicy gravy…looks delicious sowjanya..

  11. Priya says:

    Never say no to chettinad curries, looks yummmyilicious!!

  12. sayantani says:

    of all the south Indian dishes I loev chettinad cuisine most for its intense use of spices. love your chettinad curry. looks mouthwatering Ruchika.

  13. indosungod says:

    Chettinad curry with cauliflower and potatoes goes into my try list.

  14. Anne says:

    good chettinad curry recipe. I hope my daughters will enjoy this recipe. I have written some similar recipe recently. Thanks for sharing.

  15. panchpakwan says:

    Looks spicy to try it soon..

  16. Padma says:

    Love chettinad dishes as they are very flavorful and this looks yummy.

  17. Ann says:

    Curry Sounds too good and delicious.

  18. Joanne says:

    The curry looks like it is intensely flavorful, which I love. I would not be able to say no to a bowl of THIS!

  19. Namitha says:

    The curry paste is interesting..I know that’s what makes the Chettinad curry so flavorful :-)I could imagine the aroma…

  20. Padhu says:

    Superb curry!! I love chettinad dishes

  21. Raks says:

    I love love chettinad cuisine,gravy sounds good,looks spicy!

  22. the curry looks ssoooo appealing

  23. Sashi says:

    Chettinadu dishes are aromatic and tasty always !!

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