Recipe: Chicken Masala

This ultimate desi chicken masala recipe is simple to cook and rich in flavour.

Shafia Agha March 19, 2013

This ultimate desi chicken masala recipe is simple to cook and rich in flavour.

The whole red chilies in the masala add a fiery touch to the gravy for those who love a dose of spices.


Boneless Chicken (handi cut) ½ kg

Cooking Oil 2 tbsp

Ginger and Garlic paste 1 tbsp

Whole Red Chilies 10

Tomatoes (sliced in rounds) 2

Water ½ cup

Red Chili Powder 1 tsp

White Cumin 1 tsp

Black Cumin 1 tsp

Ground Coriander 1 tsp

Black Pepper Powder 1 tsp

Dried Fenugreek 1 ½ tsp

Chopped Green Coriander 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Dry Roast and Grind to Powder:

Whole Cardamom 1

Carom 1 tsp

Green Cardamom 2-4

Cloves 5

Cinnamon Stick 1


•  Heat oil in a pan and sauté whole red chilies with ginger and garlic paste.

•  Add chicken and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.

•  Mix in all the spices and adjust seasoning according to taste.

•  Add tomatoes and water and cook till oil separates.

•  Sprinkle fenugreek leaves and chopped coriander and heat for 2 minutes.

•  Serve with garlic naan and sliced onions. 

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Serves 5 people

Shafia Agha works as a PR consultant and runs a food blog: She loves trying out new recipes. Follow her on and @shafiaagha

Published in The Express Tribune, Ms T, March 17th, 2013.

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Shamikh | 8 years ago | Reply

"An Idiot Abroad" - use boneless chicken. Relatively same results - and just to add that extra creamy sauce to it add 2 tablespoons of whipped yoghurt... :)

An Idiot Abroad | 8 years ago | Reply

This recipe looks good Shafia - one question though: what's the closest thing to a handi cut available outside of South Asia? I'm in the Netherlands and have a strong feeling I won't be able to find handi cut chicken here.

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