Coconut Chicken fry

tender coconut and chicken
tender coconut and chicken

I remember as a young child, my grand mom used to live in a little town and we used to visit her in our summer vacations. She was a very sweet lady, like most grand mothers are and I really used to look forward to those yearly visits. In those days, the only way to visit her was by train. After a week or ten days of having fun, lazing around and enjoying, when it was time to return home, she would pack a lot of goodies and mangoes for us.

One particular memory , I associate with this journey is that she would always pack ‘ Coconut Lamb fry’ for our dinner in train. Maybe, because it was dry and non messy and tasted good with breads/rotis or rice. Whenever, I make this dish I always remember her. This can be tried with lamb as well as with chicken. Both the versions taste delicious.


  Recipe :  Coconut Chicken


What you need:

  • 500 g boneless chicken
  • 1/2 fresh coconut ( grind to paste )
  • 2/3 cup yogurt whisked
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp.Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder ( optional )
  • 2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 2-4 tbsp. oil (as much as your diet can afford)
  • Cilantro and roasted cashew nuts for garnish
fresh coconut
fresh coconut


  • Put all the ingredients except the oil in a deep bottomed pan.
  • Cover and cook on a medium flame till chicken is tender.You will not need to add water in case of chicken, because it will cook in the yogurt. But just in case , it looks a bit dry add a cup of water and cook.
  • When chicken is cooked, remove the pieces with the help of kitchen tongs.
  • In a non stick pan, put half the oil and fry the chicken pieces lightly. Remove the chicken pieces,
  • Now put the remaining oil and add the coconut and yogurt left from cooking the chicken. Saute this paste for a few minutes.
  • Add the fried chicken and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Remove in a serving plate and garnish with Cilantro and roasted cashews (optional).



fresh coconut


30 thoughts on “Coconut Chicken fry

    1. Coconut and Lamb is the original version. But it will take extra time to tenderize the lamb. So you might need to add water according to the quality of lamb. Thank you so much for liking this 👍


    1. Please do Flora . Thank you ☺ Though it was many years ago, I can still clearly visualize those experiences. And please do share your childhood memories with us some day ☺


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