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Coorg Style Chicken Fry

Coorg style chicken fry : Aren't these drumsticks looking yummy ?? These are juicy, spicy and with a wonderful flavour of "Kachampuli"  aka Coorg Vinegar.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 piece


  • 6 Chicken drumsticks (Other pieces can also be used) - pieces
  • 2 Onions Medium , chopped
  • 5 - 6 cloves garlic
  • Handful Curry leaves Fresh
  • 2 - 3 Green chilli (as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • to taste salt

For Coorg Masala

  • 3.5 tspns Coriander
  • 10 Pepper corn ( I used around 15 for spicy version) Balck -
  • 1.5 tspns cumin
  • 1 tspns Mustard seeds
  • 1 Cinnamon medium size stick
  • 5 Cloves pieces
  • 1/2 tspn Turmeric -


  • In a pan dry roast all the spices mentioned under Coorg Masala (Except turmeric) until nicely brown but nut burnt. Let it cool and then add turmeric.
  • Grind in a coffee grinder to a fine powder. (I kept it slightly coarse)
  • Wash chicken.Make slits on the drumstick with a sharp knife. Add 2 tbsps of above-prepared masala and salt to taste. Marinate atlaest 1 hour or overnight.
  • Thaw marinated chicken and bring to room temperature. In a pan add 1.5 tbsp oil and heat it.
  • On high heat sear the drumsticks for 5-8 minuts in batches ( 3 pieces first,followed by the rest ). The pieces should look slightly roasted outside.Keep aside.
  • In the same pan add rest of the oil. When oil is hot add crushed curry leaves,folowed by choped Onion. Fry till brown. Add chopped Garlic. Fry till raw smell is gone.
  • Add the seared Chicken drumsticks to the pan. Add chilli powder,Slitted green chillies (If using). Cook on medium-high heat for 5 minutes. (If we want more intense flavours, you can add rest of the masala powder as per taste at this point)
  • Add Kachampuli. Give everything a good mix. Add 1 cup of water. Let it cook and allow the spices to come together. This
  • Serve with white rice.


1. If you don't have Kachampuli in hand, you can skip it but it will not be Coorgi any more :). Instead you can add any other Souring agent.