Baked Chicken, Kerala Style; My Guest #3...Rafeeda

Well, it's Tuesday and time for another Guest Post @ Love2cook Malaysia.

My guest who made her way to my event today is none other than Rafeeda from UAE! I started to know Rafeeda when she left her comments under my posts. I then visited her newly born blog and came to know that this lady is an amazing cook. I don't only drool at her dishes but also like the way she writes her blog posts. She'd always thank her readers and friends among the bloggers for giving her full support and trust. That caught my heart!

Thank you dear Rafeeda for being my guest and sharing a yummy and mouthwatering chicken dish with us! Do you know chicken is my most favourite of all??? ^_^

Alright, now over to Rafeeda, the foodie and owner of The Big Sweet Tooth.

"Dear Sri,

First of all let me thank you for accepting my request to do a guest post for you. My blog ( is not even a month old and I am super excited to be submitting a recipe to be posted on your blog. I just love your recipes and drool quite a bit on your cake pictures especially. If you ask me if I have tried any of your recipes, I have tried the sausage and shrimp stir fry, and I mixed that with pasta and it was absolutely amazing! I have also tried the moist chocolate cake and it was yummy. Next, I have in my list to try the Horlicks brownies, which I may be able to try once my HB allows me to get the bottle of Horlicks into the home. He thinks that rather than me giving it to the kids, I may just go ahead and dump it into my system!!! :)

My name is Rafeeda. An Indian, or to be more specific, a Keralite residing in Dubai, UAE - we are always called Malabaris over here, the Arabs just love to call us so!!! :) I'm a full time working mother with two beautiful daughters and definitely I feel blessed to have my HB who has been a big support throughout. My blog started after months of contemplation whether to start an exclusive cooking blog, as I do not consider myself a blessed cook, but then I realized that the more I share, the more I will be able to learn from many other fellow bloggers all around the world.

OK, the recipe I wish to provide you is basically Kerala fried chicken, but baked. Even though I love chicken in any form, the idea of deep frying really gets me off. It scares me... the enormous amount of oil to be used kind of puts me off. Ever since I bought my microwave grill convention oven, I've been baking my chicken and it is as good as the fried ones. Maybe, not as tasty, but then the feeling of it being healthy is definitely a big yes.

Serves 5-6

  • 1 kg chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt (to taste)
  • Coconut oil, as required
  • A handful of curry leaves

  1. Remove the skin of the chicken and wash properly, pat dry. Slit on both the side of the drumsticks. 
  2. In a pan, combine all the other ingredients to form a thick paste - there is no need to add water, since the ginger-garlic paste and vinegar will act its part. 
  3. Put the chicken into the mixture and nicely rub into it, ensuring proper coating. Marinate the chicken for a minimum of one hour, or overnight for the best results. 
  4. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Arrange the drumsticks on your roast pan, drizzle coconut oil on top and bake/ grill your chicken till done. Ensure to turn the chicken around during the midst of the session and drizzle some more coconut oil on the other side. 
  5. I baked the chicken for approximately 50 minutes till done. During the last 5 minutes, sprinkle curry leaves on the chicken and bake for the 5 minutes. 

NB: Please do not overbake the chicken, as it tends to dry out. To check its doneness, poke a knife into the flesh of the chicken. If juices are oozing out, it is done!

This recipe can be used for whole chicken as well. I've used the spices as per my family's tastes, you can add more chilli powder/ pepper powder if you like it to be more spicy. Enjoy the chicken with chapathis or hot Kerala porottas!!!

Tip: Either you can use the stock in the pan as it is or you can chop some onions, capsicum and frozen vegetables and stir fry along with the stock for some yummy sides. 

Kind regards,

 Aaaahhh how delicious2 thumbs up for you Rafeeda!!!

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See also...

Guest #1 ~ Amelia
Guest #2 ~ Veena



  1. Hi Love, ding dong... ding dong... open the door, I'm here!

    Pagi -pagi make me drool at this awesome baked chicken. Congratulation to you, another great guest post.

    Hi Rafeeda, nice to meet you. Thank for sharing your delicious recipe, it look extremely good. Will head over to your blog later.

    Have a lovely day to both of you.

    1. Hello Amelia!!! The door is open, please come in...hehe

      Thank you dear, yup me too drooling nonstop looking at Rafeeda's chicken. Already in my todo list...hahaha.

  2. thank u so much sri... i'm really honored!!! :) i've just done the post on my page, since it is just 8 in the morning in this part of the world... hope to continue being in touch!!! lots of love...

    1. Dear Rafeeda, it's such a pleasure to have you as my guest dear! Thank you for being a wonderful guest and making us this lovely chicken dish;)

  3. Sri, we chicken lovers are in love with this fabulous Kerala Style Baked Chicken! And Refeeda, thank you for this delicious dish. I will head over to your blog now!

    1. Gimme a Hi10 PH!!! I can't stop stop salivating here...look at that dark color of the!!! :)

  4. lovely dish.....will bookmark this!!

  5. ahh....mouthwatering! Click makes it more tempting!!

  6. Hey Sri, I am so excited to catch Rafeeda's guest post here:) Her Blog is my new discovery too. And, the baked chicken is definitely droolworthy!

  7. wow...thats supercool !! never tried baking our kerala special chicken fry... good attempt Rafeeda !! and happy to xplore one mre blog.. first time here ..

  8. Sounds so delish . Going to try this out sometime :)

  9. I know Rafeeda..she has a very good blog. This chicken looks super tempting and sure would have tasted yumm. Nice guest post dear.

  10. lovely baked chicken, Raf im coming over now do spare some for me, sis Love congrats on the 2nd GP...

  11. thank u all of you for your lovely comments... i feel really blessed!!! :)

  12. so delicious...

  13. Love i like this style..esp kerala food

  14. wow chicken is screaming at me :) want to have some looks so superb, lovely guest post

    1. Hahaha...same here dear! Felt like the chicken is calling me over!!! :)

  15. hi dear hubby also like this day must try also..:) look so sedappp

  16. Great guest posting! I love the spices and colors!

  17. Delicious chicken dish! Drooling over here!

  18. Nice guest post Love and Rafeeda. Delicious chicken, droolworthy and nice click too

  19. lovely guest post dearies,yummy n healthy as well!!

  20. Cant take my eyes from those irresistible chicken thighs,delicious and beautiful guest post.

  21. Delicious chicken recipe great guest post Both Rafeeda and sri

  22. yummy... and baked, lagi la super yummy :D

  23. thank u all so much for your lovely words!!! :)

  24. Hi Rafeeda
    What a delicious looking chicken dish! Indian cuisine is one of my most favourite!

  25. Wow Rafeeda what a color..The dish looks super delicious..Yum!! Superb guest post, cant believe this is your first one :) Kudos dearies for the lovely post :)

  26. Delicious baked chicken.. Looks so inviting! Lovely guest post!

  27. Superb baked chicken.. Mouth-watering Rafeeda :-)

  28. oh wow! this is something i must try!


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