Kori Ghassi

We asked Chef Sanjeev Kapoor…
In the UK, pregnant women who are past their due date and eager to meet baby are advised to eat
hot curries as they can naturally induce labour. Can you suggest a curry recipe for women
to help bring on labour?

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor - Kori ghassi

Chef Kapoor’s Kori Ghassi is a scrummy chicken curry for mums during pregnancy who are looking for tasty hot curries to bring on labour. A signature dish of the Bunt region of Mangalore, this is a creamy, tangy chicken curry with coconut.

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Kori Ghassi


  • 1 whole chicken (800 grams), cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 10 (or less) dried red chillies
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup scraped coconut
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves


  1. Dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, red chillies, black peppercorns and coconut one by one and set aside to cool.
  2. Add the garlic and one fourth of the onions to the roasted items. Grind to a fine paste and set aside.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a deep pan. Add the remaining onions and curry leaves. Sauté till golden brown.
  4. Add the tomatoes and salt and sauté for two to three minutes or till tomatoes turn pulpy.
  5. Add the chicken pieces and sauté for two to three minutes.
  6. Add the ground paste and mix well. Cover and cook on medium heat till chicken is tender.
  7. Add the coconut milk and adjust seasoning. Simmer for two to three minutes.
  8. Garnish with the coriander leaves and serve hot.

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