|December 28, 2022


Easy Madras Chicken Curry - A quick and simple chicken curry dish with all the lovely, rich flavors of a traditional Indian curry that takes less than an hour to prepare! This zesty recipe is made with hot Madras Curry and creamy coconut milk, and it is deliciously rich and filling.

What is Madras Curry?

Madras curry or sauce is a southern Indian dish named for the city of Madras (now Chennai). Madras curry is a spicy dish with a rich, dark red sauce (the color comes from the chilies and paprika). And the prime flavor is added by using Madras Curry Powder. The chicken is not marinated in this meal, and the spices are frequently roasted or dry-fried. And the resulting sauce is deliciously silky smooth.

Madras Curry is a variant of a classic yellow curry and has a very intriguing history. Although British conquerors and traders first experienced this southern Indian dish in the 1600s, it was not labeled "Madras curry" until it was brought into British restaurants in the 1970s. It has been modified and recreated in numerous ways over the years, with the end product typically consisting of a rich, spicy, deep-red sauce.

Madras Curry vs. Regular Curry

The significant difference is the heat that the Madras adds, making it slightly spicier than any other curry. This heat comes from the Madras curry powder added to the spice combination; therefore, it may have a little different hue than regular curry, a little more red and darker.

Curry powder may be found in practically every grocery shop, although Madras curry powder is more of a specialty order. With Alcoeats Madras Curry Powder recipe, you'll get a milder blend. With this spice, you'll receive all the flavors you crave without worrying about too much heat.

While most of the curries have a yellow hue with a flavor of masalas, the madras curry recipe has a different fiery flavor. The blend of spices and ingredients is balanced with coconut milk, while the chicken is not marinated but added to the curry.


Madras Chicken Curry is a rich, fragrant, and somewhat fiery curry that is simple to make at home in one pan. The sauce's texture is rich and luscious by blending of the onion. A fantastic Friday night, curry!

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How to make Madras Curry at Home


  • ¼ cup - Ghee or oil
  • 1 cup - Chopped onion
  • ½ cup - Chopped cilantro
  • 5-6 cloves - Minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons - Fresh grated ginger
  • 30 ounces - Diced tomatoes 2 – 15 ounce cans
  • 15 ounces - Unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon - Alcoeats Madras Curry Powder
  • 1 tablespoon - Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon - Salt
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon - Kashmiri Chili Powder or cayenne
  • 1 ½ – 2 pounds - of boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon - Lemon juice


  • Heat a large dutch oven (or saucepot) on low. Combine the ghee, chopped onion, cilantro, garlic, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring periodically until the onions are very soft.
  • In the meantime, chop the chicken thighs into 1-inch cubes.
  • Combine the Alcoeats Madras curry Powder, garam masala, salt, and Kashmiri chili powder in a mixing bowl. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn the heat up to medium. Combine the tomatoes and coconut milk in a mixing bowl. Stir thoroughly and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the chicken pieces into the sauce. Cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring periodically.
  • When ready to serve, whisk in the lemon juice. Serve with additional cilantro and basmati rice.

Summing up

This spicy Madras Curry recipe goes great with a heaping scoop of freshly prepared Basmati rice and plenty of fluffy, crispy Naan bread on the side for dipping and sopping up every last drop of sauce. This Quick and Easy Madras chicken curry has a rich depth of flavor that tastes like it has been cooking for hours. The Alcoeats Madras Curry Powder recipe is the spice base and essential flavor for the hot meal, giving it a traditional Madrasi taste!

FAQs on Madras Curry Recipe

What temperature do you cook madras curry at?

Cook your curry spices in a dutch oven over low heat on the stovetop. After the seasonings have simmered for a few minutes, raise the heat to medium.

How long does it take to make this recipe?

With 10 minutes of prep time and 45 minutes of cooking time, you should have this dish on the table in 55 minutes to an hour.

Can I substitute a different type of meat?

Yes, you may make this dish with lamb or beef. Use chickpeas, squash, potatoes, and cauliflower to make it in a vegetarian way as well.

Is this dish really hot and spicy?

Yes! Madras Curry powder has a hotter flavor than ordinary curry powder. You can modify the heat level by adjusting the amount of Alcoeats Madras Curry Powder used.

How do I store leftover Madras curry?

Put any leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. You can keep the Madras curry in the refrigerator for up to four days. Alternatively, you can freeze leftovers in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.