Karnataka Style Chicken Saaru Recipe

Karnataka Style Chicken Saaru Recipe is a South Indian style curry made very spicy and rich chicken gravy that you can serve along with Ragi Mudde for lunch or dinner.

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Karnataka Style Chicken Saaru Recipe
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Karnataka Style Chicken Saaru Recipe is a spicy thick gravy that is cooked in a pressure cooker. Saaru refers to any gravy dish in Karnataka. This is the best to be had along with Ragi Mudde or just with Plain dosa. The saaru consists of roasted spices and onions which are ground into to a smooth paste and then cooked along with chicken pieces.

Serve the Karnataka Style Chicken Saaru Recipe along with Ragi Mudde, Akki Roti or Jolada Rotti and Pickled Onions Recipe to enjoy it for your lunch. 

If you are looking for more Karnataka Recipes here are some :

  1. Karnataka Style Sooji Upma Recipe With Coconut
  2. Karnataka Style Guliappa Recipe (Gundponglu/Paniyaram/Paddu)
  3. Khara Avalakki Recipe (Karnataka Style Poha)

Cuisine: Karnataka
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Non Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

45 M

Total in

55 M


4 Servings


  • 300 grams Chicken , with Bone
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Salt , to taste
  • Oil
  • For the masala
  • 2 Onions , roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coconut , grated
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 inch Ginger , chopped
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 4 Cloves (Laung)
  • 4 Dry Red Chilli
  • 1 tablespoon Poppy seeds

How to make Karnataka Style Chicken Saaru Recipe

  1. To begin making the Karnataka Style Chicken Saaru Recipe, we will first make the masala for the saaru. 

  2. Heat a small skillet on medium-low flame, add the poppy seeds and dry roast them. 

  3. Once the poppy seeds are roasted, add in the cloves, cinnamon and dry red chilli and roast them well. Turn off the flame and keep it aside.

  4. Heat another pan on medium flame, add a tablespoon of oil, add ginger, garlic, onions and saute until the onions turn translucent.

  5. Add grated coconut and saute well till they turn light brown. Turn off the flame.

  6. In a mixer-jar, combine the dry roasted spices along with ginger-garlic-onion mixture, grind to a smooth paste along with some water. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. 

  7. Heat oil in the pressure cooker over medium heat, add the chicken, turmeric powder,salt and red chilli powder. Roast the chicken in the pan for about 5 minutes until the chicken begins to get a roasted texture and is getting partially cooked. 

  8. After 5 minutes of roasting the chicken, add the ground saaru masala (onion coconut & spices paste) and give it a stir. Check for salt and add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for about 3 to 4 whistles until the chicken is cooked and turn off the heat.

  9. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Open the cooker and check for spices and salt and adjust accordingly.

  10. Serve the Karnataka Style Chicken Saaru Recipe along with Ragi Mudde, Akki Roti or Jolada Rotti to enjoy it for your lunch.

Karnataka Style Chicken Saaru Recipe is part of the Indian Curry And Gravy Recipe Contest