Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Chicken Masala

This chicken masala recipe is my MIL's staple recipe. We all love to have this along with chapathi or parottas. There are many many ways of making a chicken masala across India. Each region has their own way of making it with locally available taste enhancers like coconut, cashewnut, poppy seeds etc. Restaurants also serve many chicken masala recipes and most of them uses yogurt or cream to make a rich gravy. In this recipe the gravy is made just with onions.


Chicken - 500 grams
Onions - 250 grams
Tomato - 1 small
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few

To Marinate:

Garlic - 10 grams
Ginger - 10 grams
Green chillies - 10 grams
Salt - to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp


  • Clean the chicken pieces. Cut them into small pieces.
  • Mix the chicken pieces with the ingredients given under "to marinate". Refrigerate and marinate for about 4-6 hours.
  • Pressure cooker these chicken pieces for one whistle so that the chicken pieces are 90% cooked.
  • Chop the onions and tomatoes into very fine pieces.
  • In a kadai, add oil. Once oil is hot add the chopped onions.
  • Fry for about 15 minutes until the onions turn light brown. Add a pinch of salt so that the onions turn brown faster.
  • Add all the powders and mix well.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and curry leaves. Fry for another minute.
  • Now add the cooked chicken pieces along with the water. Simmer the stove and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until the gravy thickens.

Delicious chicken masala is ready!! Enjoy with chapathis.


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  1. I am sure all families have their staple gravies and getting to know such ones is also interesting..:)

  2. Any kind of chicken curry is always welcome in my home.. We simply love it.. and this version looks delicious!!

  3. This recipe sounds so good. Really simple to make but absolutely yum..

  4. Family staple recipes are always the best.

  5. Family staples are always the best. Mine are rajma chawal.

  6. Recipes passed down over generations are the best. Such a wonderful looking protein rich dish

  7. Recipes by the older generation are always cherished , one they are made with patience and two they do not compromise on the ingredients .
    Definitely a perfect Protein dish .

  8. recipes handed down by mothers and mother in laws and other family members are the best. Each household has a specific way the dish is made. And then also it varies from state to state.

  9. Delicious chicken masala. The best cooks are Mothers and Mothers in law it is great that you are documenting them.

  10. Definitely protein rich and interesting recipe.

  11. Can smell the flavor of this fingerlicking good chicken masala, excellent side dish.