Chilli Chicken Drumsticks (A Pressure Cooker Recipe)

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This chilli chicken drumstick is inspired from an easy chicken dish that my mum used to make when she is really in no mood for cooking. Throw all the ingredients into a pressure cooker, give a whistle or two and open up to a delish dish.

The ingredients are few and the technique is simple, so there is nothing stopping you from trying out this spicy tangy chicken dish.

chilli drumstick


1. Chicken drumstick (skinless) – 5
2. Shallots/small onion – 4, sliced
3. Garlic – 3 cloves, crushed
4. Tomato ketchup/sauce – 2 tbsp
5. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
6. Kashmiri chilli powder – 2 tsp
7. Coriander leaves – ½ cup, finely chopped
8. Salt – to season
9. Vegetable oil – 3 tbsp.


• Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the shallots and garlic. Saute for a minute and add tomato sauce and both chilli powders.
• Add the chicken drumsticks and season with salt. Mix well to combine, close the lid and cook for 2 whistles. Do not add any water.
• Open the PC, remove the drumsticks to a dish, reduce the liquid to get saucy consistency and add coriander leaves. Remove from flame and spoon the sauce over the drumsticks.



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8 thoughts on “Chilli Chicken Drumsticks (A Pressure Cooker Recipe)

  1. Divya December 15, 2018 at 12:56 pm Reply

    Hey. This seems like such an awesome recipe and the pics are so great. In the pic it shows more than 5 drumstick pieces. Should we add more of it ? Can’t wait to make this dish

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya December 15, 2018 at 1:28 pm Reply

      Thanks Divya. The picture actually has less than 5, its placed like that to show volume in the photograph. But the measurements provided are for 5; but as I always say do taste as you cook and adjust the spices to your preference


  2. Bali Tour January 7, 2014 at 7:51 am Reply

    it’s amazing
    thank you for the recipe 🙂


  3. jamieoday September 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm Reply

    Can it be done w/o the pressure cooker?


    • vanyadhanya September 22, 2013 at 3:24 am Reply

      sure, it can though the time taken is much more. Use a deep pan instead but you will need to add water to aid cooking.


  4. Shalini samantha September 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm Reply

    Ha can i know wat is kashmiri chili powder? Can substitute it with something else or maybe skip it?


    • vanyadhanya September 21, 2013 at 9:01 am Reply

      Kashmiri chilli powder is a variety of red chilli powder made from Kashmiri chillies. The speciality of this is that the chilli powder is a deep red colour but relatively less spicy when compared to regular red chilli powder. It is very commonly available in all stores these days both India and abroad. You can omit this and add a little more red chilli powder but the colour of the dish will not be as dark. Also make sure that you add regular chilli powder in lesser amounts than this as it is more spicy. Kashmiri red chilli powder can also be replaced with smoked or sweet paprika but there is a slight flavor difference.


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