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Chicken Korma | Chicken Curry Recipe

Chicken Korma

Chicken Korma is a Mughlai style chicken preparation with a burst of spices and rich flavour. The subtle balance of whole spices and ground spices gives a unique but delicious result. Best paired with Paratha, Naan, Pulao or Matar Pulao.

If you want to try a new chicken curry recipe or you’ve got to throw a party and want to try a no-fail recipe, this is what you need to try. This is an heirloom recipe, one that’s been tried and tested over a thousand times in my mum’s kitchen, probably in my grandmother’s kitchen and mine too. And, I make this when I don’t want to rack my brain over the menu, it has to be Chicken Korma.

This isn’t thin style gravy, the gravy here is rich due to addition of birista but you can adjust if you wish to pair it with rice. But, if you like thin style, check out this easy Murg ka Salan.

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Chicken Korma

Chicken Korma | How to make Chicken Korma


Chicken- 1kg
Onion- 4 (Medium, thinly sliced)
Curd- 1 Cup
Black Pepper Powder- 1tspn
Kashmiri Chili Powder- 2tspn
Bay Leaves- 1
Green Cardamom- 3
Cloves- 4
Oil- 3-4tblspn
Salt- to taste

For the Spice paste
Onion- 1 (Large)
Garlic- 1 Pod
Ginger- 1 inch
Green Cardamom- 3
Cinnamom- 1
Cloves- 4
Mace- few strands


  1. Marinate Chicken in half the quantity of the curd for half an hour.
  2. Heat oil in a Kadai, fry sliced onions until golden brown. Keep aside.
  3. In the same, kadai, fry the chicken until it changes colour. Keep aside.
  4. Heat 2tblspn oil and add Bay leaves and other whole spices, once it splutters add spice paste.
  5. Add black pepper powder, Kashmiri chili powder, Salt and mix.
  6. Crush fried onions (Birista) to this and saute until the oil separates from the gravy.
  7. Add fried Chicken and give it a good stir. Add remaining curd and mix.
  8. Pour sufficient water to immerse the chicken in gravy and cover.
  9. Let it cook for 20-25 minutes. Adjust salt and gravy.
  10. Serve hot with Paratha, Naan or Pulao.

Note: You can half a teaspoon of turmeric if you like however it’s made without it and you can skip it like I do.

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