Recipes - Chicken Neelgiri


1 kg. Chicken
1 tsp. gingerly seeds
3-4 tbsp. oil
Salt as per taste
2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
3 big onions
10 garlic flakes
½" ginger

Masala  ingredients (to grind)

3 medium tomatoes
2 tbsp. coriander
½ tsp. cumin
1- 2 tsp. chilly powder
1 tsp. badisaunf
1” cinnamon
4 cloves
2 cardamoms


Cut chicken into medium pieces. Peel onions, cut them into halves and boil in 2 cups of water for about 2 mts. Strain the water and set the onions aside to cool.  Later grind the onions into a smooth paste. Prepare smooth paste of ginger and garlic.  Grind the masala ingredients into a smooth paste adding little water.

Heat oil in a pan, fry the gingerly seeds till brown. Add onion paste and fry for about 5 mts. on medium flame. Add ginger-garlic paste, sauté for another 2 mts.,  add the masala paste, fry on low flame till oil leaves the sides. Add chicken, cook on low flame for 15 to 20 mts. Add salt as per taste.  Add a cup of boiled water and cook till the chicken is tender.  Garnish with coriander leaves.

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Comment on this article

  • Cynthia Lobo, Mangalore/UK

    Wed, Feb 01 2017

    Thank you Leena. Your recipe is too good.

  • Ned D'Cunha, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Aug 26 2008

    It is gingili seeds & not gingerly or gingely seeds. Am I right?

  • Mrs. Lavina Passanha, Manipal / Muscat

    Fri, Jul 04 2008

    Dear Leena,Your recipe was very good. I tried it out,but I think you either over looked or forgot to add 2 very important ingredients namely peppercorns and turmeric powder. When I added these 2 missing ingredients it did give the right taste. Secondly did you mean to add gingely seeds (theel / yellu) or is there something like gingerly seeds? This dish goes very well with Neerdosa or Appa.

  • Zack, Belthangady,Riyadh

    Tue, Jul 01 2008

    very good recipe, BAYALLI NEERU BANTU

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