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Chicken Masala Curry

Updated on April 5, 2015

Chicken recipe

This chicken recipe is very easy to make and tasty to eat. Most of my friends - young and old - tend to like this masala curry as it is not too spicy and harsh on the palate. I have experimented with my ideas and drawn on my mother's experience to develop this recipe. Most of the ingredients are readily available in the Indian home and so you don't need to plan in advance. A surprise guest can be taken care with this curry in a jiffy recipe. Even in other parts of the world, the ingredients can be easily procured from any Indian store. The curry goes well with rice.

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Dressed and cut chicken
Dressed and cut chicken
ingredients for chicken masala curry
ingredients for chicken masala curry
spices and yoghurt for chicken masala curry
spices and yoghurt for chicken masala curry
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 6


  • Chicken 1 kg
  • Onions (medium size) 3
  • Tomatoes 3
  • Fresh cilantro a few sprigs
  • Ginger paste 1teaspoon
  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 2 teaspoons
  • Chili powder 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder 1/4 teaspoon
  • Yoghurt 1 cup
  • Lime 1
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil 2 tablespoons
  • Water 1 cup

What is Garam Masala?

Garam masala is simply a mix of select spices that is available in Indian stores.

There are many brands, each having a different combination of spices. I have used Priya garam masala which has the following ingredients: coriander, chilies, cloves, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper


  1. Wash the chicken and keep it aside.
  2. Chop the onions into fine slices and grind tomatoes to a paste. Put the yoghurt in the blender and give it a swish so that it does not turn lumpy when added.
  3. Take a non-stick pan, heat it and add oil. Put the sliced onions and fry till it turns light brown. Now add the ground tomato paste and keep stirring till it throws out the oil. Add the yoghurt and keep stirring till the oil begins to float. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and keep stirring till the raw smell goes. Add the coriander, cumin, chili and turmeric powders and mix well till you get a nice aroma.
  4. Add the chicken pieces and mix well so that the masala is covered well over the chicken. Add a cup of water and salt and cover the pan and allow the chicken to cook on medium flame. Keep stirring now and again so that the chicken does not stick to the bottom.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked sprinkle garam masala powder and mix. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken curry from the stove and squeeze the juice of one lime over the chicken and garnish with cilantro leaves.
  7. The chicken masala curry is ready to be served with rice.
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    • Nagalekshmi profile image


      3 years ago from nagercoil

      Chicken is always delicious, in whichever style it is cooked.

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      6 years ago

      Wow that really looks very good. Curry is one of my favorite spices.

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      6 years ago

      I my goodness this looks so good.

      What time do we eat? - I'll wait here! :)

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      6 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

    • Aster56 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @junecampbell: Sure, thank you.

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This sounds awfully good. I am planning on trying it soon.

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      6 years ago

      As an interesting read, I recommend it to my lenses.

    • purpleclouds profile image


      6 years ago

      mmm, looks good :)


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