Kozhi Nirachathu /Stuffed Chicken with Gravy - Kerala Style

Yet another exotic dish straight from Malabar regions of Kerala (South India). The cuisine of Malabar offers some truly savourable salivating non vegetarian delicacies with a true blend of spices. Especially during festival season, a lot of variety can be found in meals and snacks.

Kozhi Nirachathu - Stuffed Chicken is much loved North Kerala Muslim specialty prepared at all special occasions including parties for newly married couples, Eid and Iftar. It is a preparation with whole chicken stuffed with spiced onions, dry fruits and boiled eggs and then baked.

I had this recipe marked to try for a long time but continually passed over it. Finally I decided to just give it a go, and now I am totally kicking myself for not trying it sooner. And I must say, this is definitely a fantastic recipe – I love it for many reasons. First and most importantly, it tastes amazing. Second, stuffing and the combination of spices gives it a really interesting flavor. It is little time consuming to make, but its worth all the effort.. I can’t wait to make these again!

Recipe for Kozhi Nirachathu /Stuffed Chicken with Gravy - Kerala Style

  Preparation Time : 2 hrs
  Cooking Time : 1 1/2 hrs
  Serves : 4

Ingredients :

Whole Chicken : 1 small 

For Marinating the Chicken :
Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder : 3 tbsp
Lemon Juice : 1 tbsp
Salt, to taste
Oil : 1 tsp

For the Stuffing : 
Boiled egg :  1or 2 (depending on the size of your chicken)
Onion : 2 medium /2 cups (thinly sliced)
Tomato : 1 medium (finely chopped)
Garlic : 3 pods (minced)
Ginger : 1 medium size piece (minced)
Green chili : 2-3 nos (slit)
Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder : 1 tsp
Coriander Powder : 1 tsp
Garam Masala : 1tsp
Coriander Leaves : little
Curry leaves : 1 spring
Cashew nut : 2 tbps nos (optional)
Raisins : 2 tsp nos (optional)
Kitchen Twine : 2 Thread (for tying the chicken’s hands and legs)

For Frying Chicken :
Olive oil /Cooking oil : 1/4 cup

For the Gravy :
Onion : 2 medium / 11/2 cups (finely chopped)
Tomato : 1 medium /1 cup (finely chopped)
Garlic : 3 pods (minced)
Ginger : 1 medium size (minced)
Green Chili : 2-4 nos (slit)
Fennel Seeds Powder: 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder : 2 tsp
Coriander Powder : 2 tsp
Garam Masala or Biriyani Masala : 1/2 tsp
Coriander Leaves :  handful finely chopped
Water : 1/4 cup (optional - only if your gravy becomes dry)

Method of Preparation :

Marinating :
1. Clean the whole chicken; apply some lemon juice, rinse thoroughly and make slits on the chicken both inside and outside, for the masala to penetrate well.
2. Make a marinade using red chilly powder,turmeric powder, salt and 1 tsp of oil . Apply the paste all over the chicken both inside and outside. Cover it well with a plastic paper and refrigerate it overnight or for at least 2 hrs.

Preparing Stuffing :
1. Boil eggs, peel and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan, sauté the cashews and raisins until it turns to golden brown and puffs up. Remove from the pan and keep them aside.
3. In the same pan, add the sliced onions and saute till it turns to translucent and  brown color, now add the minced ginger-garlic, green chili and saute well.
4. Add the chopped tomato and saute till it turns to soft ad mushy. Add the garam masala, turmeric powder and chili powder and mix all together. Add the curry leaves and coriander leaves.
5. If your using nuts then add raisins and cashews and mix well. 
6. Add the boiled egg into the mix and cook for 2 minutes in medium heat.
7. Remove from the fire and transfer the into a bowl and keep it for stuffing.

Filling the Stuffing into the Chicken :
1. Stuff the above egg masala inside the chicken. Put the egg first then the masala. (Note : Do not try to over stuff) Tie together the chicken legs first then chicken wings using the kitchen twine.

Fry the Stuffed Chicken:
1. Heat oil in the shallow pan..Fry the chicken until all the four sides get light brown.Turn the chicken as and when needed. (Note : Not necessary to fully fry the chicken). Remove and drain the chicken in a paper towel and keep it aside.

 Baking Chicken : 
1. Preheat the oven in 400F. Place the chicken in to the oven safe bowl.
2. Place the breast side down. Spray some oil used for frying the chicken. Cover the bowl with an aluminium foil.
 and bake it covered for 30 minutes. (Note : Make sure you flip the chicken on all sides to ensure thorough cooking.)

Preparing the Gravy :
1. Heat  the same pan and oil used for frying the chicken.
2. Add the chopped onion  and  saute for couple of minutes. Add the minced ginger garlic and green chili saute for  till the raw smell goes.
3. Add tomatoes and sauté on medium heat till they mushy and start to leave from the sides of pan.
4. Add the all spice powders listed above "For Gravy" and fry them until it starts to spread a nice aroma.
5. Add the salt and mix together. (Note : Add little water if the mixture is dry)
6. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well and cook for a couple of minutes.

Final Baking :
1. When the initial baking is done,take it out and pour the gravy all over the baked chicken and bake it uncovered for another 30-45 minutes.
If you don't have an oven, You can prepare it in the wok; place the fried chicken on the masala, cover with a lid and cook it on medium flame until done. 

Notes : 
You can also prepare this dish dry,without adding gravy and can also add any vegetable.
If you want to make it  less spicy  then add kashmiri chili powder / Paparika

Serve with Steamed rice or with Indian Bread and Enjoy!

Recipe Adapted from Malabar Spices.

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  1. sounds fantastic recipe

  2. well done sangee..njan ithu cookery show il kandirunnu ...looks superb!

  3. wow...great job sangee...love the recipe n preparation...looks too good n spicy...superb clicks!!!

  4. This looks so tasty. I've never seen a dish like this before.

  5. Wowwwwwwww.. Looks so tempting and perfect.. thanks for sharing :)

  6. This is so different but absolutely yummy!

  7. ayyyyooo ennikya ippol oru bite venam....love it amazing and i can taste it from here

  8. Wow kandittu kothiyavunnu,enniku eppol thane venam:)

  9. Fantastic preparation...awesome clicks dear...Tempting...

  10. very impressive- I wouldn't even know where to begin with this dish!

  11. woww..........superb recipe and clicks......sarikkum kothiyavunnu......

  12. wow..i too had made this before..it was a grt hit at my home....

  13. Wow ! looks delicious..I make a similar Hyderabadi chicken .. masalas are different though.
    visit my site sometime.


  14. Fantastic and mouthwatering stuffed chicken,looks so tempting and nice clicks too...

  15. entammooooo super.

  16. looks so delicious..

  17. Anonymous5:44 PM

    wow..gr8 recipe....anyone interested can check my cooking blog too http://ashisree.blogspot.com/

  18. we make a little similar frying and baking but I haven't added eggs for stuffing before love the aromatic flavours would be fabulous with ghee rice

  19. chicken nirachathu kandittu kothi sahikkan vayya Sangi.......

  20. ayyoo superketto!!great job sangee!

  21. You kill me with your food...u know that.....And in a good way I meant....I just want to get in to the computer & finish the chicken just like a Cannibal! Absolutely MouthWatering!!

  22. Adipoli , i'm so impressed.

  23. This dish looks wonderful and delicious and I am so impressed with the pics..

  24. oh adipoli!!! ippo tahnne kurachu keeri parichu thinnan thonnu;;;;yummy!! i can see u also change the bg :)

  25. hmm..sounds super delicious, very tempting clicks, good one dear..

    Only 2 days left-Event:

  26. The kozhi nirachathu looks ravishing! I have roasted one with Nadan flavors but never tried it with the tasty egg filling that you used.... Fabulous!

  27. Oh my god.. Mind blowing recipe and process. Great job dear.. Adipoli aayitundu.. :)

  28. omy gosh....
    gal u r killing me with your lipsmacking dishes..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  29. What a fantastic stuffing! Perfect to tempt everyone. One, it is the tempting chicken, second, the eggs! This is awesome.

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  31. Spectacular! What a great looking stuffed chicken and the photos are stunning!
    US Masala

  32. mmmmmm..mmmm.mmmm
    vayil kappalodikkanulla vellamundu Sangee..
    bookmarking this.i was in search of this receipe... then stopped the plan by thinking it takes lots of oil...
    this looks amazing :)

  33. Wonderful preparation of chicken. Looks mouth watering, spicy, yummy and tempting.

  34. looks yummy!!!!! something ive also wanted to try since a loong loong time!!! thanks for the recipe

  35. It sounds incredible - very exotic with the dried fruit and spices.

  36. Thanks everybody for your kind words. It brings me so much joy to read ur kind words :)

    @Honey..I changed my bg long back da..I think u didn't notice it properly :)

  37. planning to try this soon as it is one of my husbands favourites!!!!

  38. Planning to try it out soon as it is one of my husband's favourites.....!!!

    1. Hi Shru, Oh those are to-die-for! I Good luck! Let me know how it turned out.

      Happy Cooking!


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