Green chicken


10 min


30 min

Tring tring….tring tring
Tring tring… tring tring

The phone continues to yell tring tring….tring tring.

Now my mom yells back “Cannt anybody pick up the phone!!!!”

“I am looking for the cordless” came my reply.

The cordless at my home cannot be found that easily, they will be hidden in the kitchen rack, between the pillows, sides of the couch, loo rack, sometimes inside the wardrobe too!

“You and your reasons. Go and pick up the mainline” my mom screamed back.

I ran to the baseline in the living room and finally reached for the phone and said “Hello” .

“What ya doing tom?” was the first sentence my cousin M spoke when I lifted the phone.

“Its weekend. So nothing much. Sleep n rest up” I replied her.

“Hmmm. ok”. A short silence.

” Why? Are you planning to come here” I questioned her.

“Well ya. Thought I shall visit you” She replied.

“Ok great. Come”.

“Idiot!!! Wont you invite me for lunch” She screamed.

I chuckled

“Ok come for lunch” I concluded the call.



I had invited my cousin M (rather she invited herself) for lunch yesterday and since she is a expecting mother, I wanted to cook something simple, aromatic and flavorful for her taste buds.Her husband who is also my cousin is a vegetarian, so I need to plan for a mixed menu.
Ahem!!! having these vegetarians around for lunch/dinners is a pain in the wrong place. We need to cook both veggie n non-veggie stuffs and thats lot more work. 🙁

The first thing that I came to my mind was peas pulao and green chicken. The post for today is the refreshing Green chicken. This dish seems to have been originated from the Nilgiri regions of South India.It is a semi-gravy dish prepared by marinating the chicken in coriander-mint-yogurt mix. They taste absolutely delightful. The aromatic corainder/mint paste blends beautifully with the tender chicken and unfolds the most exotic taste out of it. We just loved the way it tasted: simple n perfect. I was so happy that she enjoyed her food.She is expecting her baby in the first week of March.We gave her a small curio of Lord krishna along with beetal leaves and kumkum when she left. (the most traditional way to give gifts to South Indian girls)

  • 1kg chicken
  • 1 kg onions
  • 1 tbs ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1-2 tsp pepper powder
  • Salt
  • Oil to cook
  • 1/2 tbs lime juice

For the marination

  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves
  • 8-10 long green chillies
  • 1/2 cup yogurt


Clean the chicken and keep aside.
Grind the fresh coriander, mint leaves and green chillies to a fine paste. Now add the green paste to the chicken along with salt and yogurt. Mix thoroughly and marinate for 2-4 hours in the refrigerator.

Heat the oil in a cooking vessel. Once heated up, add the finely chopped onions and cook for 15min on a low flame. Add little salt during the cooking. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and turmeric powder and saute for 3-5min. Add the marinated chicken along with the marinade. Since its a semi-gravy dish, add little water if necessary. Cover and cook for 30min in low flame.

When they have begun to thicken, add cumin powder, garam masala and pepper powder and mix thoroughly. Adjust salt to taste and turn off the flame.

Pour in the lime juice and serve hot with pulao/steamed rice/ roti/naan.


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  1. Nice and colorful pictures. I love green chicken.. has been a long time since I made this..thanks for reminding of this wonderful dish 🙂

  2. Hey, I am a vegetarian too! 🙂 Not fair to say that! Just kidding!

    Lovely post! Enjoyed reading it!

  3. Nice post…and wonderful looking the kumkum pic click very nicely dear…and write well too….it was fun reading the post…n ya…our cordless has the same story as urs 😉

  4. Nilgirigreen chicken is a flavorsome recipe and even better with green peas pulao,how much more green can one get?. For me its Veggies that are easier to cook,cleaning the meat is always time consuming from cleaning to cooking,call me lazy.

  5. Nice Post,but I must add,I am vegetarian,how dare u talk about us like that ? hmmmm …
    Cheers,atleas u made peas pulao.some consolation that is

  6. Hi Vij, I was just kidding too! I didn’t mind at all! Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  7. wat a lovely post.. much enjoyed reading it… gal how u r narrating the scene i feel as if i am watching on the screen…

  8. since i dont eat chicken i can’t comment on the curry… but i loved your photo collage – lovely slice from your life there!! best wishes to your cousin for the future 🙂

  9. What stunning pics and your chicken looks SO yummy and tempting!

    Rosie x

  10. Hi VIji..1st time here..Are you a Malayali??Loved your space..:)Loved all the conversations n the pics..Chicken curry is yummy..:)

  11. Nice pictures and yummy recipe, thanks by stopping by at my blog! xxGloria

  12. Long back i made it too.. love the Cousin click, and the chicken is droolworthy

  13. I don’t eat meat but I saw numerous vegan recipes in this blog.Thanks for sharing so many vegan recipes!

  14. UmaChander 11 years ago

    Wow what did i see…i saw your mouth watering recipe for the Green Chicken and the pictures too looked very very eye catching, captivating and tickled my taste buds.Great work …keep the good work going.
    All the best from uncle and aunty for many more such good recipes to follow in the near future.

  15. Thanks for visiting my blog! Although I don’t eat chicken, the spices you’ve used looks yummy! And could sure be used for a veggie curry! I’m still exploring your blog at the moment! Cheers!

  16. I love the photos, especially the glass bangles! My aunt makes a version of this with turkey. It’s a south indian take on christmas that’s become a tradition.

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