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hyderabadi style chicken curry

Hyderabadi Style Chicken Curry

Nosheen Babar
This Hyderabadi Style Chicken Curry, made with boneless chicken, coconut, tamarind, peanuts and curry leaves is both spicy and aromatic.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 6 people
Calories 228 kcal


  • 1 ½ lb chicken tenderloins {SEE NOTES}
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup coconut
  • 1 medium onion {1 Cup}
  • 1 ½ tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 4 serrano chillies
  • 20 curry leaves
  • ½ cup tamarind water
  • ¼ cup cilantro


  • Dry roast the peanuts and coconut till you can smell the roasted aroma, making sure not to burn them
  • While waiting for the peanuts to cool, chop the onion and saute it till it's a medium brown
  • Once cool, grind the peanuts and set them aside
  • Once the onion is brown, add the ginger and garlic and saute the mixture for 30-45 seconds
  • Add the Chicken and stir just to mix
  • Add all the dry spices, stir and add ½ cup water and cover to cook the chicken
  • After about 15 minutes, uncover and add the coconut, peanuts, serrano chillies and curry leaves.
  • Add a little more water if necessary to maintain a gravy (¼ cup - ½ cup) and cover
  • After 10 minutes of cooking, the oil should have separated and risen to the top
  • At this point, turn the stove off and add the tamarind water to the curry
  • Cover the pot for 5 minutes to let all of the flavors blend in
  • After 5 minutes, uncover, garnish with cilantro and serve


Chicken - I chose to make the curry with boneless chicken as it's quicker, leaner and personally what my kids prefer. However, this curry can easily be made with bone-in chicken as well. If you do chose that option however, you can expect to add about 15 minutes more cooking time to your curry. 


Serving: 1gCalories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 27gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 638mgPotassium: 562mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 407IUVitamin C: 76mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg
Keyword boneless chicken, chicken with coconut, chicken with peanuts, chicken with tamarind, spicy chicken curry
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