I was looking for a easy but tasty chicken curry recipe for a long time, and to find one I experimented a lot. I tried different ways of preparing the onion, garlic and ginger; I tried different ways of cooking the chicken, slow cooking, pressure cooking; I tried marinating over night with different combination of ingredients. And finally I found one recipe, which is easy to make and yummy as well. What’s more, my two year old loves this dish.

Chicken Curry


500 gms chicken pieces

2 medium sized potatoes

3 to 4 medium sized onion

1 tomato

1 whole garlic

1 inch long ginger

50 gms plain yoghurt (optional)

1 tbs mustard oil for marination



0.5 tbs sugar

1 tbs Kashmiri red chilli powder (I don’t like it hot)

1 tbs turmeric

1 tbs cumin powder

1 tbs coriander powder

0.5 tbs black pepper powder

a pinch of my magic masala.


Marinate the chicken pieces with half of the spices, salt, 1 tbs of mustard oil and yoghurt. Don’t use sugar for marination. Keep it aside for half hour if possible. Otherwise let it marinate while you are preparing the other ingredients.

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I have used baby potatoes, since I ran out of normal sized potatoes the day I took the pictures. You can use normal potatoes. Cut them into four pieces each put them in a pressure cooker with some water and couple of table-spoonful salt. I give 6 to 7 whistles to cook the potatoes.

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While chicken is marinating and potatoes are cooking cut all the other whole ingredients. Does not matter what size you cut them, we are going to make a paste out of them soon.

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Put the garlic and ginger in a grinder with a spoonful of water and make a smooth paste. Keep them aside.

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In a kadai or frying pan take some oil and wait till it is hot.

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When the oil is hot, add some whole cumin seeds. Sauté for few seconds.

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Now add all the onions and fry them till they are golden brown.

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Add the tomatoes and sauté for a minute.

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Now add the ginger garlic paste, sauté for another minute.

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Now add rest of the spices and sugar and sauté for half a minute. Next put all the fired mashala into a grinder and make a smooth paste, it does not take much effort, just couple of small blitzs works.

Be careful while making the mashala paste, it will be very hot. Also take care of putting some pressure over the cover of the container using both of your hands while making the paste, it has a tendency of making a mess by opening up due to the hot air pressure.

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Now in the frying pan add the marinated chicken and cook for a minute

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Now add the mashala paste, mix. Cover the pan and cook over high heat for five minutes.

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After 5 minutes, add a cup of water in the pan and bring the water in to a boil. When the water starts to boil, cover the lid, reduce the heat to minimum and cook for another 25 minutes. An occasional stir or adding little water in between if need will not harm.

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Now you can add the potatoes and cover the lid again. Cook for another 5 minutes in low to medium heat.

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Your chicken curry should be ready to serve by now.

My version of chicken curry is a little bit towards sweeter side, however if you want hot, don’t add sugar and add red chilli powder instead of Kashmiri red chilli powder. Also you can make a paste of ginger, garlic, green chilli paste instead of only ginger-garlic paste.

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  1. Marinate the chicken with half of the powdered mashala, yoghurt (optional), mustard oil
  2. Boil the potatoes in pressure cooker
  3. Cut onion, tomato, garlic and ginger
  4. Make a smooth paste with garlic, ginger and a spoonful of water
  5. In a kadai, heat some oil. And when hot add the whole cumin seeds
  6. Add the onions, fry till golden brown
  7. Add tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, sauté them for a minute
  8. Add rest of the mashala and sugar in the kadai, cook for  minute
  9. Transfer the fried mashala into a grinder and make a smooth paste
  10. In the kadai add all the marinated chicken and cook them for few minutes
  11. Add the mashala paste in the kadai, mix well
  12. In high heat cook for 5 minutes
  13. Add a cup of water, reduce the heat, cover and cook for 25 minutes. If needed add water in between.
  14. Add the potatoes, cook for another 5 minutes
  15. Chicken curry is ready to serve.
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2 thoughts on “Chicken Curry

  • November 13, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Why are u grinding the onion – ginger – masala – tomato mix after cooking?

    • November 19, 2015 at 12:06 am

      If you grind the onion before cooking it become very mushy and watery, however that does not happen after cooking. I wanted to have a smooth gravy so I needed make a paste of the masala, whereas if I do not make the paste then the onions and tomato will show. If you do this after frying them all up, then you have to make the paste only once,thus save time and effort. This is the reason I am making a paste after cooking. I hope I was able to answer your question.


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