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Updated on October 19, 2012


A North Indian main course.


  • 1/2 kg Chicken, (thighs and drumsticks mixed)
  • 2 Large Onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 8 Cashewnuts, ground to a paste
  • 3 Green cardamoms
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1tsp Ginger paste
  • 1tsp Garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Red chili powder
  • 1tsp coriander powder
  • 1tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1tsp Garam masala
  • Chopped coriander, for garnishing
  • 5 tbsp Sunflower oil


Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 2 people


  1. First in a large bowl, mix the beaten yogurt, ginger paste, garlic paste, salt, garam masala, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder.
  2. Now add the chicken in yogurt and spice mixture. Make sure the chicken is completely coated with the yogurt. Keep aside for 30 mins.
  3. Heat oil in a handi or in a pot. Add broken green cardamoms, bay leaves and stir for a few seconds.
  4. Add the finely chopped onion and stir fry till light brown.
  5. Add only the chicken to the onions and fry for 5 mins. and then add the rest of the yogurt mixture.
  6. Keep stirring until the water dries up.
  7. Add the cashewnut paste to the chicken stir for five mins and then add the milk. Mix well and leave for 10 mins or until the chicken is tender.
  8. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and enjoy it with naan, chappatis or rice.

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3.6 stars from 29 ratings of HANDI CHICKEN CURRY


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      Nimi 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I m glad u all liked my recipe :)

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      Nita 3 years ago

      Hi, just now tried your handi chicken. Came out very well. My husband was all praises. Thank you

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      happyfoodie 5 years ago

      Handi chicken is one of my favorite dish and your recipe is very simple even I can try try this. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

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      Mahak 5 years ago

      North Indian handi chicken curry looks and sounds delicious! I'm definitely trying it! i really liked