April 6, 2014

Nikunjam Style Chilly Chicken

Being from Trivandrum the name "Nikunjam" rings some bells in our heads. The taste of the delicious food that cannot be reproduced easily. Nikunjam is a very small restaurant in Trivandrum in vazhuthacaud, but food from there is phenomenal. They are very popular for the chilly chicken and chilli beef. It is not prepared in the usual method with soy gravy with capsicum and onions. After a lot of trials i have perfected the recipe .Comparing with the taste in memories with my own version it comes close.Beware it is spicy, do not attempt to eat it you cannot handle :)


Onion - 3 large
Chopped Green Chilies - 3nos
Chicken - 1/2 Kg (cut in to small pieces)
Red chilly powder - 4 tsp
Green chillly sauce - 1 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 1/2 tsp
Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Tomato sauce - 4 tbsp
Lime - 1/2 of small sized
Oil - as required
Salt - to taste
Pepper powder - to taste


  1. Marinate the chicken with salt, pepper,lime juice of lime, 1 1/2 tsp of chilly powder,1tbsp of tomato sauce, 1 tsp of soy sauce and ginger garlic paste.
  2. Keep it aside for half an hou. In the mean time make a fine paste of onions..yes a fine paste .. not need to add water.
  3. Deep fry the chicken pieces until cooked. Drain and set it aside
  4. Now heat a heavy bottomed pan or a wok and add some oil.
  5. Once the oil in hot add the chopped green chillies and fry.Add the onion paste and saute until all the water content vaporized and is not raw any more.
  6. Add the tomato, green chilli sauce and the soy sauce and mix.
  7. Add the chicken peices and mix well until coated.
  8. Check for seasoning if need more salt add salt and pepper powder if needed.
  9. Remove from fire and enjoy ... this dish goes very well with everything.