How to make Chicken Kuzhi Mandi?

Arabian foods are popular among Indian people, recent of those favorite dish is an Arabian Kuzhi mandi. A spicy recipe With different style of preparation in cooking and baking the biryani rice. Now in Kerala is a top pick dinner item, mostly shared by two or more people. Each plate of Kuzhi Mandi is enough to fill the stomach of two persons. Let’s see the ingredients and preparation techniques of this yemen food.

Mandi is a delicious combination of rice, chicken and a mixture of spices. Traditionally, Mandi is cooked in a tandoor but this is our version to make the Mandi at home on a stovetop. The Mandi Masala is a spice mixture made by dry roasting whole spices which give the main flavour to this dish.


  • 500 grams Chicken, with bones
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato
  • 3 Green Chillies
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 3 Bay leaves (tej patta)
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee
  • A large piece of charcoal
  • 2 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
  • 2 Cloves (Laung)
  • 2 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, softened
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 4 cups Water

For mandi spice powder

1 tablespoon Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
1 tablespoon Cloves (Laung)
1/2 tablespoon Whole Black Peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg powder
1/2 tablespoon Dry ginger powder
2 Bay leaves (tej patta)

How to prepare Mandi spice powder?

To make the Mandi spice powder, dry roast the cardamom pods, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg dry ginger powder and bay leaves in a medium heat for 4-6 minutes.

Turn off the heat, and allow it to cool.

Transfer the spices in a mixer jar, and grind into a fine powder using a mixer grinder.

How to cook Mandi Chicken?

Heat a large saucepan on medium heat and add oil.

Once the oil is hot, add finely chopped onion and sauté till translucent . This will take about 2-3 minutes.

To the softened onions,  add the ginger paste and garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell goes away.

Next, add bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper and mix everything well.

In a mixer jar combine, tomato and green chillies and grind into a puree and add it to the pan.

When the oil starts to separate, add the chicken and mix. Add 4 cups of water and the Mandi spice powder according to your taste.   Mix, cover and let it cook for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn off the heat.

In a small mixing bowl, add soft butter and Mandi spice powder and some salt, mix well and keep aside.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade. Remove the chicken from the stock and place it  onto a baking tray and brush with butter and mandi spice powder mixture.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the skin of the chicken turns to a nice golden brown colour.

Preparing Rice    

Wash and soak premium quality  basmati rice for at least 20 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a large pan on medium heat, and fry the drained rice, stirring continuously for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Add this pan roasted rice to the chicken stock. Now slide a large piece of aluminum foil on top of the saucepan and then cover it with the lid. Cook the rice on medium low flame for about 10 minutes.

Remove the lid and check if there is any trace of water left. If water is left, then cover and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. Now fluff the rice with a fork .

Take ghee in a small bowl and place it in the middle of the rice.

Heat a piece of charcoal on direct flame until it is red hot, this will take about 5 minutes.

Once the charcoal is burning hot, place it in the bowl of ghee that is in the rice. Immediately slide back the aluminum foil and secure with lid.

Open it only at the time of serving, as it gives a nice smokey flavor to the rice. To serve, spread rice onto a large serving tray and place a piece of baked chicken on the top.

Full plate for Heavy dinner

Along with rice you can add extra spices to flavor the dish, as we realized chicken Kuzhi Mandi is a food menu giving preference to various Indian spices it is essential to buy spices online or from offline markets. Always choose good cardamom, pepper, ginger and nutmeg while preparing Mandi spice  masala powder. In hotels Kuzhi Mandi is prepared in Tandoor model which can add some more natural taste. Here is the homely recipe to try out at your family get together or friends parties and eat  with some tasty pickles, salad etc.

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