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How to make Chicken Masala? (The Indian style recipe)

Updated on April 13, 2013

Indian style chicken masala

Chicken masala
Chicken masala

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Serves four to six plates


  • 500 gms chicken, pieces
  • 2 tbps red chilly powder
  • 2 tbps turmeric powder
  • 1 tbp coriander powder
  • 4 onions, sliced
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbps ginger-garlic, in a paste
  • 4 tbps curd
  • 1 tbp black pepper, grounded
  • 4 tbps cooking oil
  • lemon, sliced for garnish
  • 1 tbp coriander leaves (parsley), chopped for garnish
  • 3 green chillies
  • salt


  1. For chicken marination: marinate the chicken pieces in 1 tbp chilly powder, 1 tbp turmeric powder, 4 tbps curd, 1 tbps ginger-garlic paste and salt (according to your taste). Leave it for an hour.
  2. In a kadai (thick circular deep cooking pot like a wok), add cooking oil and the sliced onions on medium heat. Fry the onions till crunchy brown. Add chopped green chillies.
  3. Add 1 tbp ginger-garlic paste, 1 tbp red chilly powder, 1 tbp turmeric powder, 1 tbp coriander powder and stir continuously for a minute.
  4. Now add the marinated chicken piece into the kadai masala, add tomatoes, 1tbps grounded black pepper.
  5. Leave it for 15 minutes stirring occasionally to cook completely.(tip: add 200 ml water if you require gravy)
  6. Garnish using 1 tbp coriander leaves and lemon, serve hot!

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      monisa 4 years ago from India

      BNadyn , I appreciate your comment and votes. I'm glad that you like Indian food. I hope you enjoy cooking this recipe. Have a nice day!

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      Bernadyn 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Great recipe! I'm a fan of Indian food and the part of town I live boasts a strong Indian community with several Indian restaurants and stores to easily buy the food and ingredients. I have been wanting to try cooking an Indian dish so this is perfect. Thanks and voted up and useful.

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      monisa 4 years ago from India

      I will post more on it, good that you enjoyed.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      I like eating spicy chicken and this recipe is interesting and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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      monisa 4 years ago from India

      Thanks uzma, i really appreciate.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 4 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      Hmmm yummy, love your recipe easy and delicious.