Thattukada Chicken Fry

Its been a long long time since I started searching for an authentic Thattukada Chicken fry recipe. I was overjoyed when I found the post on Sadia’s blog- I was already a huge fan of her absolutely beautiful photos and writes. And seeing this particular recipe with the amazing pics made me drooling and craving for more.

So whats a “Thattu kada”? Though not an authentic explanation, the word ‘thattu’ means ‘eat’, and ‘Kada’ means shop. 🙂 That’s my version though. Well, Thattukda is a roadside eatery which usually serves ready-to-eat food like idlis, dosas, porottas, idiyappams etc.Thattukadas in Kerala are especially famous because of the type of food they serve-the famous one being Porotta (its a delight watching them make one) and Beef fry. Found on every nook and corner, they usually start preparing by early evening and by nightfall, till wee hours of the morning.

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For some reason Thattukadas (Road side eateries) always seems to have a special place Keralite’s heart. Prepared right in front of you, one thing I could say for sure is that we develop a special liking for Thattukada preparations. Don’t know why, but the food here has a special taste that you would not find in any of the five star restaurants.

Anyway, a must try and thanks Sadia, a ton! This is just an attempt to recreate your recipe a say, it turned out to be too good.


1 kg Chicken
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilly powder ( 11/2 tsp of spicy chilly pdr)
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/4 tsp rice powder
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
4 nos Kashmiri dry red chillies crushed
3 tsp crushed ginger garlic
Juice of a small lime
2 tbsp crushed curry leaves
Salt to taste
3-4 green chillies slit
Curry leaves
Coconut oil to deep fry

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Mix everything with the chicken pieces and marinate it for 2-3 hrs in the refrigerator. Deep fry in coconut oil. Fry curry leaves and green chillies separately and garnish.
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P.S: fingers crossed, Im praying that he gets home soon for lunch today.. I have already had three pieces.. 😛


  1. Im tired of drooling over your recipes and I’m just too lazy to try it myself.. Im now wishing you send me some for tasting..everytime I see your tummy rumbles and I get hungry…again..and again hehehe…love ur recipes…😊


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