Delicious, spicy and fragrant chicken curry inspired by the Dhaba's (local roadside restaurants) that line the motorways in Northern India. Dhaba’s are characterized by food that’s unique, inexpensive and has a rustic homemade feel to it.
Serves: 6 people | Prep : 20 mins | Cooking : 30 mins

Health Hack: I prefer using chicken on the bone for a flavorful curry; however, you can also use chicken thigh fillets.
Fresh Ingredients
  • Chicken – 1 kg, thighs and drumsticks on the bone
  • Onions - 2 large, finely chopped
  • Tomato - 3 medium, pureed
  • Ginger & garlic paste - 2 tbsp
  • Green chilli - 1, slit lengthwise
  • Fresh coriander - handful for garnishing, finely chopped
  • Vegetable oil - 4 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Water - 300mls
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • Kashmiri chilli powder - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - ½ tsp
  • Whole black peppercorns - 4
  • Cinnamon – 2-inch stick
  • Green cardamoms - 4
  • Cloves - 3
  • Bay Leaves - 2

Step 1

Heat oil in a large bottom pan and add the whole spices – bay leaves, black peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and green cardamoms. Fry for about 30 seconds.

Step 2

Once they start to splutter, add chopped onions along with the green chilli and fry on medium heat until the onions start to turn golden brown. Add the ginger-garlic paste and brown for another 2-3 minutes.

Step 3

Now add chicken to this mixture and sprinkle salt over it. Mix the chicken well with the onions, spices and cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat. Cover and cook on low heat for around 10 minutes. The chicken will leave its own juices this way which will flavour the curry. Once the chicken is starting to brown slightly and most of the juices have dried up, you will see oil separating from the chicken.

Step 4

Add all the dry spices i.e. turmeric powder, coriander powder, kashmiri chilli powder and mix well with the chicken. Next add the fresh tomato puree. Once the tomato puree is cooked and all the powdered spices have blended in, oil will start separating again.

Step 5

Add water at this stage to make the gravy. Let the gravy come to a boil, simmer and cover to cook on low heat.

Step 6

Cook until chicken is tender. Lastly check for salt, garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with roti or rice.

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