Punjabi Style "Chicken Curry"

You will find this curry at practically all the dhabas (roadside eateries) in North India. Economical and tasty, this dish gives you a taste of simple Punjabi home cooking. Serve it with steamed rice, parathas , or naan.


Chicken (whole) - 1 kg

Salt - 2 tsp

Curd - 1/2 cup

Ginger Paste - 1 tsp

Garlic paste - 1 tsp

Fenugreek Leaves (methi) Powder - 1/2 tsp

Oil - 1/4 cup

Cumin - 1 tsp

Bayleaf - 1 no

Black Cardamom - 1 no

Cloves - 4 no

Cardamom - 4 no

Peppercorns - 5 nos

Cinnamon - 1 no

Onion Chopped - 1 cup

Turmeric - 3/4 tsp

Chilly powder - 1 tsp

Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tbsp

Green chilli - 1no

Ginger paste - 1/2 tbsp

Garlic paste - 1/2 tbsp

Tomato chopped - 1 cup

Salt - to taste

Coriander - handful


Clean and cut the chicken into 8-10 pieces. Marinate the chicken with salt, curd, ginger paste, garlic paste and methi leaves powder. Keep aside for 20 minutes. In a separate pan heat oil add bayleaf, cumin, black cardamom, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns and cinnamon. Let it crackle and then add chopped onions.On slow even heat brown the onions evenly. Dissolve turmeric, chilly powder and coriander powder and Masala Tokri's meat curry masala in a dash of water and add it to onions. Saute for a minute and add ginger and garlic paste. Cook for 3minutes and add green chilly chopped followed by chopped tomatoes. Add salt and cook till tomatoes are mashy and speck of oil appear in the masala. At this stage increase the heat to high and add the marinated chicken along with the marinade.Bring to a boil and let it cook for 5 minutes. Now add 3 cups of water and let it cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and pick out the chicken pieces using tongs and keep aside.Using a blender puree the curry till fine. Strain the curry using a sieve. Add the chicken pieces back to the strained curry and a cup of water. Cook again till chicken is cooked completely. Add water if required to get a thick pouring consistency.Finish off with freshly chopped coriander. Serve hot.