Malvani Chicken Curry/Malwani Chicken Curry Recipe/Malvani Kombdi Rassa

Malvani chicken curry /malvani kombdi rassa is a very popular spicy and flavourful curry from the coastal region of Maharashtra kokani cuisine..Malwani/Malvani chicken curry is usually served with vade and is popularly known as kombdi wade.Here I have made this malvani curry in clay pot (tizal in our dialect ).The curry taste even more delicious when made in earthen/clay pot..I have served with simple kolam pulao and mutton chops.It taste well with bhakri as well.
Roasted coconut and spices adds in flavours to this spicy chicken curry.This taste fabulous with komdi vade..Ill soon share the recipe for the same.
500 gm/1/2 kg chicken cut in pieces
2 inch ginger
10 garlic cloves
2 green chilli
1/2 tsp haldi
hand full coriander leaves

1/2 tsp sesame seeds
1/4 tsp khas khas/ poppy seeds
4 to 5 kashmiri dry red chilli
3 medium size onions
1/2 cup dry coconut/khopra
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
3 to 4 cloves
1 inch cinnamon
2 blades mace/javitri
2 to 3 green cardamom
1 black cardamom
6 to 7 black pepper
1 star anise
small piece of dagadphool/stoneflower
3 to 4 tbsp oil
3 bay leaves
salt to taste


  • Grind the chilli, coriander leaves,ginger garlic to a fine paste adding little water
  • Marinate the chicken with salt turmeric powder and the green chilli- garlic  paste
  • Dry roast the spices along with red chillies till fragrant and keep aside.
  • Dry roast the coconut till light brown and keep aside
  • In the same pan add 1 tsp oil and saute 2 onions till golden brown.
  • Grind the coconut , onions and the whole spices together to a smooth paste adding water.
  • Heat a pan/i used a claypot ,add oil once oil is hot add bay leaves
  • Add 1 med sized chopped onion and saute till transculent.
  • Now add the marinated chicken and saute for 10  minutes
  • Add the ground coconut onion paste and saute 
  • Add water to the desired consistency of gravy you require 
  • Cover the pan with lid and cook over medium flame.
  • Add more water if the gravy is too thick,you can adjust the consistency of gravy as per your taste.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves 
  • Serve hot with rice/bhakri or kombdi vade

easy malvani /malawani chicken curry recipe

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  1. That curry is simply mouthwatering! So many flavors... slurp!

  2. Gloria, I don't like you? Wanna know why? You always temp me with your curries, yet, I don't get to taste. Not fair.

  3. Hi! Just found your website and can't wait to try this curry. Just one recommendation: please enable right click on your website. I don't know about everyone else who uses it but I like to print the recipes I find and use the print out in the kitchen. Thanks!!!

  4. Hi thank you for stopping by .I wil definitely add the print option,Right click has been deliberately disabled as people copy paste and misue the recipe in other places without my permission.

  5. Hi..loved the recipe and would definitely like to try ..but had one doubt is that 3 onions(is it medium size?...or else if big onions howmuch should be used?can u please tell me..

  6. Sorry for delay troublešŸ˜€..but for masala paste we need to fry 3 onions and again for preparing chicken 1 sepearte onion?...bit confused..can u tell exact measurements of onions..please

    1. Sorry just edited the's 3 in total. Even if you add another there's no worries I have used med sized 3 onions if using small you can use up to 4 .

  7. Hi this weekend few guests had visited my place...I had made this recipe...and they appreciated me alot...Thanks a ton for exact measurements..

  8. i tried your malavani chicken recipe it tasted just yumm...thank you

  9. Tried this out. It was fantastic. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Tried the recipe. Turned out good. However got a slight bitter taste in the end. Can u tell me why?

  11. Over roasting of spices may be or must be the coconut was roasted until dark brown