November 20, 2006

Easy Breezy Chicken Curry

While growing up, we had one Sunday ritual. It was chicken or lamb curry for lunch. No matter how busy my mom was juggling household chores she always cooked this curry. The meat was marinated in yogurt, chilli, turmeric and salt and cooked in slow heat with potato and sometime raw papaya. My mom says it makes the meat tender. The yogurt and the tomato gives it a tangy taste which makes the curry delicious and fresh. It goes well with pulao or just plain rice or chapati. While I don't add the papaya, I try to follow the rest of the steps.

1 -1 1/2 lbs chicken (I use a mix of thighs, legs and breasts)
1 1/2 medium onion -chopped thinly
2-3 cloves garlic - paste
1"cube garlic - paste
2 medium tomatoes - chopped thinly
3-4 potatoes - small cubes
2 red chillis
2 cloves, cardamom
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
1/4 tspoon fennel seeds
1 tspoon coriander-cumin powder
1/2 tspoon garam masala powder
3 tbspoon oil
Salt to taste
Cilantro to garnish

To marinate:
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 tspoon turmeric
1/2 tspoon chilli powder
salt to taste

Pierce the chicken with fork and marinate for 2-3 hours.
Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and temper with cumin seeds, fennel seeds and red chillis.
Immediately add the ginger and garlic paste.
Saute for a minute and then add the onions. Saute till they start turning brown.
Add the tomatoes and cook on closed lids for 2-3 minutes.
Add the potatoes and fry till they start turning golden brown.
Now put in the rest of the masalas, chicken and let it cook on medium for 5-6 minutes till the chicken starts browning.
Add 2/3 cup water, salt and let it cook on low heat for 35-40 minutes on closed lid checking every 7-8 minutes till the chicken and potato are cooked.

Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or rotis.


  1. Long since you have tagged huh!!! Here is one- Cooking for a crowd Meme

    How are you doing?

  2. dear Mandira,
    Murgi /mutton curry aamadero barite sunday ritual chilo .Chicken Curry looks yummylicious....
    hugs and smiles

  3. Yeah, mutton was a Sunday lunch always...somehow Sundays meant mutton curry:)
    I feel hungry seeing the ch. tummy growls :)

  4. Wow! the ultimate chicken curry for a weekend Menu, wondering what could be the reason you chose the term breezy..? :)lemme guess, Mandira did you have this yummy curry on a cool n breezy day ,huh! happy blogging :)

  5. Love easy peasy chicken curry, Mandira! Great recipe.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Hi Mandira
    that looks delicious, photos are amazing.

  7. Oh, my mouth is demanding that I make this recipe! It has so many wonderful spices and herbs in it. Thank you for that! :)

  8. Nice and different recipe of Chicken curry.


  9. Anonymous8:21 PM

    Hi Mandira,
    Just checked out your blog... great work... great recipes :-)
    I have friends in Buffalo,NY.Whereabouts in Buffalo are you?
    Take care & keep up the great work!

  10. Hi Mandira,

    I love chicken curry and you might find this hard to believe, but my dad made the best chicken curry I have ever eaten!!! My dad is a fantastic cook. You recipe looks so divine. i think I have to have a go at it.

  11. Tony- Great Timing.. I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner - Meme after that!

    Thanks Mantu, Sandeepa - isn't it interesting? Ghee bather sathe Murgi or mutton on Sunday followed by tomator chatni. It still is one of my favorite meals.

    Lera- LOL, good thought. Here's another - breezy also because I was breezing around cleaning, and putting up posters along with cooking. :)

    Asha- thanks. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

    Thanks Lakshmi.

  12. Sher - Thanks. The flavors in the chicken curry go along well together.

    Nidhi - Thanks. Do give it a try.

    Anon - Thanks and welcome to ahaar. I live not too far from the University area.. where do your friends live?

    Meeta - I totally inderstand. My dad makes delicious mutton curry and paayesh (kheer) and we were regularly put in spot having to compare his curry to my mom's.;) Do try this. It's easy and tastes great too.

  13. That chicken curry look delish!

  14. Thanks Vani. Do try the chicken curry.

  15. Anonymous10:28 AM

    Hey!! nice going..everything looks so delicious. I have a question though - do you or does your mom have an egg curry recipe - deemer dalna? Post it if you can.

  16. Durga - tumi ghure esho tarpore deemer dalna post korbo :)

  17. Nice dish...chicken curry looks delicious....

  18. thanks remya, do try and let me know how it turns out :)

  19. this dish looks delicious. thanks for the recipe.


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