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 Tikhi Mirchi layi hoon, main Kolhapurse aayi hoon ;) Spicy, Hot, Exotic real Kolahpuri chicken. It goes really well with home made light, fluffy, crispy jwarichi bhakari or with some naan!

Note - Be warned, it might be hair rising for other who eats less spicy food ;)
Preparation time : 20 mts
Cooking time : 30 mts
Serves : 4 to 6 people
Kolhapuri Chicken


For Gravy

  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp Sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp Poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Garlic
  • Whole Garam spices (Bay leaf, Green
  • Cardamom, 2-3 Cloves. Black
  • peppercorns,
  • 1 star anise)
  • 1 big Onion sliced
  • 1 Tomato diced
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 3 tbsp dry shredded Coconut
  • 1 tbsp Degi mirch powder

Ingredients for Marination

  • 1 lb Chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
Kolhapuri Chicken



  • Wash chicken pieces well and remove its skin or fats part.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, salt, lemon juice to chicken, rub all spices well on chicken and keep to marinate for 30 mts.

Masala Preparation

  • Heat up oil, add cumin seeds, whole garam spices, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, chopped garlic and cook till spices start to change its color.
  • Add dry grated coconut, sliced onion and cook till onion gets light brown color.
  • Add tomatoes to blender, add onion masala, some water and grind to make smooth paste.

Gravy Preparation

  • Heat up oil, add ground masala paste, add red chilli powder, garam masala and cook for just 5 mts.
  • Add marinated chicken pieces, mix well, add water to desired consistency, cover and cook for 20 mts. till the time chicken gets tender.
  • Hot and spicy Kolapuri Chicken is good to go!


  • Marination helps chicken to get cook faster and improves its flavor.
  • If degi mirch is not available, use regular red chilli powder.

Kolhapuri Chicken

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Comments :

No Image Sarika :     7 November 2016
I'm..trying ur chicken kolhapuri beef will let u know how it turns out????
No Image Madhura :     18 November 2016
Do try Sarika and let me know the end results. Thanks and stay tuned.

No Image Ellie :     18 February 2016
Hi, do we have to grind the bay leaf too? This recipe seems great, would love to try it. Thanks for sharing.
No Image Madhura :     19 February 2016
Yes Ellie, you need to grind the bay leaf too with the other whole garam masala. Thanks for asking and stay tuned.

No Image Alice :     27 January 2016
Thank you for this recipe. I love chicken curry. One question, what is degi chilli powder, can I find in Indian grocery store? Is this a spicy one or just use for the color? Did I hear you say Kashmiri chilli powder? Thanks very your cooking Alice
No Image Alice :     4 February 2016
Mam, thank you for the reply. You're so kind. Love all your recipes & love watching your cooking shows.....
No Image Madhura :     4 February 2016
Yes Alice, Degi mirch powder is also known as Kashmiri chili powder or Shimla mirch powder. It is used just for color purpose and it is not that hot. You can find it in any Indian store Thanks for asking. Stay tuned.

No Image Leena Patil :     12 December 2015
i made it today ,it turn out really good .thanks
No Image Madhura :     14 December 2015
Thank you for comment. Stay tuned. Happy cooking.

No Image MAHESH BAILPATTAR :     15 November 2015
No Image Madhura :     15 November 2015
Thank you for feed back. Happy cooking.

No Image sonal patil :     9 August 2015
Nice recipe..I like this

No Image Sagar Das :     21 February 2015
Kolapuri chicken ricid e

No Image madhura :     21 February 2015
hi madhura myself is madhura. m trying this receipe for the first time. i want to know that will it be ok if i use 1 kg of chicken pieces instead of 1lb chicken with same quantity of ingredients

No Image :     6 February 2015
if kaanda lasub masala nt available as i live in hyderabad .whts the other option?

No Image Arti Patil :     17 January 2015
hi Madhura......this recipe came up superb...!!! I was searching for a good chicken recipe which will make my guests happy...and here it is..!!! I tried very first time kolhapuri chicken and I got too much appreciation for this...Thanks once again for great recipe dear...Keep it up n All the best...!!!

No Image vaishali :     1 August 2014
super receipe smile wink

No Image Riya :     23 June 2014
Hi Madhura, I love your recipes, it has never failed me.. I follow most of your recipes. Just wanted to know if we can ignore star anise and poppy seeds?? I have mace instead can that be added?? Thanks
No Image Madhura :     26 June 2014
Thank you for trying out recipes. You can skip adding star anise and poppy seeds.You don't need to add mace. Thanks for asking.

No Image G RANJAN DAS :     26 May 2014
I am fond of cooking in weekly off days,also try to learn new indian dishes,specialy NON-VEG,thanks for helping me to cook Kolhapuri dish.

No Image Shakuntala :     30 January 2014
can we use chicken pieces instead of leg pieces??

No Image Pant s s :     2 January 2014
Nice one thanks ... do Kolhapuri's also add Yogurt - instead of lemon..