Chicken 65

If you’ve spent any time in India, particularly in the south or in the many bars and restos of Mumbai city, you would have definitely been recommended to try the Chicken 65. This dish has a strange name and an even stranger story. Back in the days when typesetting was done with little metal alphabets and numbers, a little canteen in south India had a chicken dish that was item no 65. At the typesetting house, some of the pieces got displaced and when it printed, it got printed as Chicken 65 and the name stuck ever since. This is really popular in South and Central India and is commonly ordered as a snack.

Here’s how easy it is to make this at home.
2 pounds boneless chicken thigh meat cut in cubes
1 egg
2 tbsps corn flour
2 tbsps ginger/garlic paste
4 Green chillies chopped
2 tsps chopped garlic
1/2 cup curry leaves chopped
2 tbsps chilli paste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp chilli powder
Red food colour

Mix the chicken with one egg with corn flour, salt and pepper. Fry in oil till slightly crispy. Keep aside.

In a sauté pan fry the chopped garlic, green chillies and curry leaves. Add the ginger/garlic paste and chilli paste. Add the cumin and chilli powder. Add the red food colouring with a tiny bit of water. Add the chicken and coat well.


Watch the step by step video –