Kerala Style Nadan Chicken Fry.

Kerala Style Nadan Chicken Fry / Chicken Drumstick Fry / Easy and Simple Chicken Fry Recipe / Kerala Chicken Roast Recipe / How to Make Chicken Fry / Masala Chicken Fry / നടൻ കോഴി പൊരിച്ചത്

Kerala Style Nadan Chicken Fry / Chicken Drumstick Fry / Easy and Simple Chicken Fry Recipe / Kerala Chicken Roast Recipe / How to Make Chicken Fry / Masala Chicken Fry / നടൻ കോഴി പൊരിച്ചത്.

This Kerala Style Nadan Chicken Fry is an ideal non veg item for any auspicious day.. I thought to add this as my next post as Christmas is coming up in few days’ time.. You can have it with rice or chappathi or it’s good to have just bites. It’s good also to be served as starters.. Everyone has their own way of making this Nadan Chicken Fry. This is absolutely my Mummy’s version of chicken fry. It is marinated in rich spices and cooked in coconut oil. Adding curry leaves and frying chicken in coconut oil gives this chicken fry a unique taste. Yes, a thani nadan taste. The aroma from the kitchen while cooking this makes us go crazy to have it immediately. Try out other Chicken Recipes  too from this blog.

This is quite easy to make, very simple and tastes heavenly. Its outer layer is crispy and inner side is soft and delicious. Adding fried curry leaves give some extra nadan flavour. So don’t miss it.

I have used the normal chilly Powder here. If you use Kashmiri chilly powder the Nadan Chicken Fry would look liitle more attractive. This is quite a usual dish in my parental home. If you have marinated chicken drumsticks ready in your fridge, you can just fry it so fast and so it’s a quick fix meal too.

When I write this, it took me back to my college days, when my friends came home one day, my mom offered this Spicy Chicken Fry during lunch. One of them asked my mom after tasting it, ‘Is it made by Seena’? Guess, what would be my mom’s response to that?!! Of course, a simple ‘No’. Yes, she said, ‘if you are expecting ‘yes’ answer for this, I would give that after she make it on her own one day’.. grr.. One of them nodded at me and asked me to learn cooking from mom at least before marriage!! After they left, I asked mom, how it was actually made?

But to be frank, me and my sister used to help mom in kitchen chores, but never paid any attention to the whole process of cooking and learning how to make it!! Mom used to send us out of the kitchen by saying, ‘go and study, I will manage it’!! Yes, mom’s love is unconditional.. That’s why we are in the places where we are now!!

Now coming back to the recipe of Kerala Style Nadan Chicken Fry..

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Marination Time – overnight or minimum 1 hour
Cooking Time – 15 minutes
Serves – 2
Calories – 233

Ingredients for Nadan Chicken Fry:

4 Chicken Drumsticks
A handful of Curry Leaves
Oil for frying

To Marinate:

2 tsp. Chilly Powder
1tsp. Coriander Powder
¼ tsp. Turmeric Powder
½ tsp. Pepper Powder
1 tbsp. Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste
2 tsp. Lemon Juice
Salt to taste

How to Make Spicy Chicken Drumstick Fry:

Make some slits on the chicken drumsticks and then clean and wash it. Keep it in a colander to drain water. Take a bowl and add all the ingredients given under the section, ‘To Marinate’. Mix all those ingredients well. Pour 1 or 2 table spoons of water. Mix well and make it a paste. Dip all the chicken drumsticks in to this marinade and mix well, so that chicken drumsticks are well covered with masala. Close this with a lid and keep it in the refrigerator minimum for one hour.

Heat oil in a non-stick pan at medium heat. Fry the marinated chicken drumsticks in batches. Do frequent flipping in between.
Once it is done, remove it with a slotted spoon. Drain the fried chicken drumsticks onto paper towels.

Next fry the curry leaves in the same oil and spread it on the top of fried chicken drumsticks. Garnish it with onion and lemon wedges. Your Kerala Style Nadan Chicken Fry / Chicken Drumstick Fry is ready to be served.Serve it hot.

My Recipe Notes and Tips on  നടൻ കോഴി പൊരിച്ചത് :

1. You can marinate it for ½ to 1 hour or overnight. You can even put the masala and chicken drumsticks in a freezer zip lock bag, seal the bag and shake to coat..
2. Cover the frying pan with a lid to avoid spilling the oil all over due to moisture in the marinated chicken. I do this always, otherwise the whole kitchen table gets the drips of oil and it will be difficult to clean.
3. It will take 15 to 20 minutes to get it cooked well. From the beginning till the end the heat should be at medium heat. Otherwise the masala coated will get burned and the inner side of the chicken won’t get cooked properly.
4. You can use Kashmiri chilly powder in order to get good colour and less spice level. Adjust the spice level as per your tolerance level.
5. After frying, place these Kerala Style Nadan Chicken Fry / Chicken Drumstick Fry in paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
6. You can try Seer Fish  also the same way.
7. I have not added red colour in this chicken fry.

Pictorial of Nadan Chicken Fry:






Serve Chicken Fry with your loved ones.. 

Following are the other Chicken Recipes from this blog. Don´t forget to try out these..  

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Biriyani

Black Pepper Chicken Roast

Sausage and Vegetable Stir Fry / Indo Continental Style

Chettinad Chicken Curry

Chicken Noodles

Happy Cooking..


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Difficulty: Beginner Cook Time 10 min Rest Time 15 min Total Time 25 mins


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