Kozhi Varattiyathu is the name for any Kerala Chicken Dish which is made without gravy. The chicken is stir fried until it becomes completely dry. Here is a recipe for Spicy Kozhi Varattiyathu. This Chicken Stir Fry tastes excellent with Rice or you can also serve it as a Starter.

Time:1 hour 20 minutes


  • Chicken Drumsticks – 4 medium sized
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
  • Chopped Red Onions – 2 medium
  • Fresh Red or Green Chillies (Slit) – 2
  • Curry Leaves – A sprig
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
  • Chicken Masala Powder – 2 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Kashmiri Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp (Alter according to your Spice Tolerance)
  • Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – 1 cup

For Marinade:

  • Chicken Masala Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Kashmiri Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp (Alter according to your Spice Tolerance)
  • Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp


  • Remove the skin from the chicken drumsticks and wash it thoroughly.
  • Soak the pieces in water along with 1 tbsp lemon juice for 5-10 minutes.
  • Drain the water and pat dry the pieces with a paper towel. Make 2 or 3 deep slits on each piece.
  • Prepare a marinade using the above ingredients and rub it nicely on the chicken pieces. Refrigerate it for an hour.
  • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wide non stick pan saute onions till translucent.
  • Add the slit chillies and curry leaves and continue sauteing until the onions begin to brown.
  • Reduce heat and add ginger garlic paste. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken masala powder, kashmiri chilly powder, garam masala powder and coriander powder.
  • Saute for a few minutes on low heat until the spice masala turns a nice brown color.
  • Add the marinated chicken drumsticks to the pan along with any left over marinade and salt to taste.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the pan and mix everything nicely so that the masala is coated on the chicken pieces.
  • Cover and cook on medium low heat for around 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally, till the chicken is almost cooked.
  • Remove lid and stir fry the chicken pieces for another 10-15 minutes until the masala is completely dry and well coated on the chicken.
  • If the masala begins to burn, then add a few teaspoons of oil. (This may be required for Chicken Breasts and other Low fat pieces).