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%karhai chicken recipe debjanir rannaghar

Karahi Chicken | Restaurant Style Kadai Chicken Recipe

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Karhai chicken, also known as chicken kadhai, is a mouth-watering and famous chicken preparation that originates from South Asia. This dish is equally popular in both India and Pakistan, and it is a staple for many households and restaurants. Although it is a gravy-based, spicy chicken curry, the ingredients can vary slightly in both countries to cater to regional preferences.


Units Scale
  • 1 kg Chicken (curry cut)
  • 200ml Plain Curd / Plain Yogurt
  • 3 Onions (cut into dice)
  • 1 Capsicum (cut into cubes)
  • 7 Tomatoes
    1 Tbsp Chopped Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Ginger paste
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Paste
  • 75ml Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tsp. Salt (or as per taste)
  • 1 Tsp. Red Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder

To make Spice Powder (coarse)

  • 1 Tsp. Coriander Seed
  • 1 Tsp. Cumin Seed
  • 1 Tsp. Black pepper
  • 5 Dry Red Chili


To make the spice blend for Kadahi Chicken

  1. In a sturdy pan, place 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 5 dried red chilies.
  2. Toast the mixture over low heat for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir continuously to avoid burning. 
  4. Once done, allow the spices to cool down to room temperature before grinding them into a coarse powder.

To make Karhai Chicken

  1. In a Kadhai, heat 75ml of your preferred vegetable oil.
  2. Place 1 kilogram of curry-cut chicken into the pan and sauté over high heat for 2 minutes.
  3. While doing so, incorporate 2 teaspoons of salt, ensuring it is thoroughly mixed.
  4. At this point, the chicken will change color to light pink.
    Remember to stir constantly to prevent sticking.
  5. Next, add 7 or 8 whole, uncut tomatoes to the pan.
  6. I personally used 7 fully ripe tomatoes.
  7. Additionally, add 1 tablespoon of chopped ginger and 1 tablespoon of chopped garlic.
  8. After giving everything a thorough mix, cover the pan with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes to allow the tomatoes to soften.
  9. Once the cooking time is complete, remove the lid.
  10. You will notice that approximately 40% of the tomatoes have released their skins.
  11. Use tongs to remove these skins one by one.
  12. Give everything another mix and cover with the lid before cooking for an additional 5 minutes.
  13. By this point, most of the tomatoes should have softened and their skins should be separated.
  14. Remove any remaining skins using a spatula to press and mash the tomatoes.
  15. Now, add 1 tablespoon of ginger paste and 1 tablespoon of garlic paste.
  16. Additionally, incorporate 2 teaspoons of Karahi Chicken Masala.
  17. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin powder, 1 teaspoon of coriander powder, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and 1 teaspoon of red chili powder.
  18. Combine the chicken with spices, and allow the mixture to cook for 5 minutes, ensuring that the spices are thoroughly incorporated and the moisture is reduced.
  19. Add chopped onion and chopped capsicum, giving the mixture a thorough stir.
  20. I used 3 Onions and 1 Capsicum. Cook for 3 minutes.
  21. Incorporate 200ml of plain yogurt, ensuring it is mixed in properly. Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  22. At this point, the chicken will begin to release oil from the edges.
  23. Adjust salt if needed.
  24. Add 1 teaspoon of Karahi Chicken Masala and mix well, unless you prefer a milder spice level.
  25. In some regions, green chili is used instead of capsicum or bell peppers.
  26. Avoid overcooking the karahi chicken; it should be fully cooked within 20- 25 minutes.
  27. The onion and capsicum should be cooked, but still retain some crunch.
  28. Once cooked, transfer the Kadahi Chicken to a serving bowl.
  29. Serve the Karai Chicken with your choice of Roti, Paratha, Naan, or any other preferred accompaniment.

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  • I personally prepare the essential blend of spices required to create an authentic karahi chicken dish in the comfort of my own kitchen. Alternatively, one may opt for a pre-made spice mix available in stores.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 150g
  • Calories: 385
  • Sugar: 9.3g
  • Sodium: 912mg
  • Fat: 16.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Protein: 40.4g
  • Cholesterol: 109mg
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