March 25, 2009

Murgh Masala (Masala Chicken Curry)


Even though I finished the week-long Eating Down Your Fridge challenge, I am still continuing to clear my fridge. This week, we bought a few vegetables, milk and fruit. For this chicken curry, I decided to use the chicken I got from Farmer's market and had stored it in the freezer ever since.

I used a few pieces for this curry and the rest I grilled for a delicious chicken salad (recipe in the next post).

5-6 Chicken pieces (I used bone pieces)
1 big onion - finely chopped
1 tbspoon grated ginger
1 tbspoon grated garlic
1 tspoon red chilli powder
1 tspoon turmeric powder
1 tspoon cumin powder
1 tspoon coriander powder
2 whole green cardamom
2-3 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
7-8 black peppers
2 bay leaves
1 dry red chilli
1 tspoon cumin seeds
3 ripe tomatoes, pureed
salt to taste
1 1/2 tbspoon oil
1 cup water

I used whole garam masala for this curry. I put it in right at the very beginning and let it cook through the whole process. It gave a wonderful flavor to the chicken masala.

Rub the chicken with turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt and set it aside for 30-40 min.

Heat oil in a thick bottomed non-stick pan and saute the chicken pieces on both sides for 2-3 minutes each. Temper the remaining oil with dry red chilli, cumin seeds, bay leaves and the whole garam masala.

Once they have plumped up, add in the grated ginger and garlic and saute till it starts to give it's aroma. Then add in the onions. Let it cook til they've softened and start to turn brown. Then add in the tomato puree, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander and cumin seed powder and let it cook til the water has almost evaporated and it is all mixed well together.

Add in the chicken pieces and water and cook it on medium heat for 15-22 minutes till the chicken is cooked and there is a nice curry base.


Serve warm with naan or rice.


  1. the picture is just too good, Mandira!! even for a veggie like me it looks appetizing. Will make it for my husband one of these days. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. nice picture. It's pushing me to taste it...

  3. We are doing the fridge challenge! We are not posting it though. Just too bored to click pics :D

    Can you believe we've had extremely tasty and decent meals with this whole emptying thing! :)

    I ditto Superchef btw on the Chicken!

  4. Woooo how tempting.. these days for some reason I rarely cook boned chicken.. if i cook I cannot eat.. so i patiently wait for someone to cook for me:-) we are doing the fridge eating down, but getting fresh fruits & milk. i have no enthu to post :) too much work! thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Chobi ta ki shundor dekhacche Mandira! Mone hocche plate ta amar ... ekta piece tule ni? :-)

  6. Am just drooling here seeing the chicken pic. Lovely recipe. And congrats on completing the challenge..

  7. Wow looks so yumm, i can imagine the wonderful taste. Wish i had roti or rice to eat this chicken dish.

  8. First photo is so gorgeous. Lovely looking dish. Still cleaning out the fridge, good for you! :)

  9. The pictures are great, looks really appetizing!

  10. Tempting !!!! Beautiful pic

  11. looks so good! Lovely clicks.
    Loved going through your fridge challenge.

  12. Mouthwatering chicken curry!

  13. How do you take such an appetizing photo of a curry dish? That's a lot more difficult to do than it looks.

    Thanks for sharing another great recipe.

    Casual Kitchen

  14. Thank you everyone it did turn out as delicious as the picture. Do try sometime.

    Superchef you can easily replace the chicken with paneer or even cauliflower and it would make a good curry.

    AandN - my point exactly. Running out of things made us more creative about what we ate everyday. :) Let me know how it's going.

    Sharmila tumi puro plate ta niye nao :)

    Daniel Thanks, I think because the curry is so colorful, shooting it against a lighter background sets it off. But as you can see, I am still learning :)

  15. Anonymous6:18 PM

    This may sound like a silly question but if I were to use the Garam Masala mix instead of the individual ingredients that it entails,, how much mix would I use? would i add up the indivual amounts or would that be scaled wrongly?


Hello and welcome to Ahaar. We have been cooking and posting recipes for more than a decade now. Your comments and feedback is important to us. Please keep it coming.
Happy browsing.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...