Chicken Curry Recipe

Chicken Curry (Murgh Chole)
Chicken Curry (Murgh Chole) Pic: Rishi Menon


Garbanzo beans aka kabula chana aka chole are a very versatile protein, with which we can experiment a lot. From salads, to soups to chilis we have seen chole in various avataars. Rishi & Suchi, the charming couple, went one step ahead and combined yet another versatile ingredient – chicken, with chana to make our indigenous Murgh chole ! Here’s the recipe…

Chicken pieces- ¼ kg  – Cut into pieces
Chickpeas (Kabuli Chana) / garbanzo beans*- 1 can
Onions – 2 medium sized (sliced)
Tomato – 2 medium sized
Ginger – 1 inch piece (sliced)
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
Green chili – 1 no (sliced)
Cilantro/coriander leaves -1/4 cup chopped
Yoghurt / plain curd – 1 tbsp
Cloves – 10 nos
Cardamom – 2 nos
Peppercorns – 12 nos
Cinnamon sticks – one inch stick
Bay leaves – 2 nos
Star anise – 2 petals
Jeera/cumin seeds -1 tsp
Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
Coriander seeds-1 tbsp
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Red chili powder -1 tsp
Heeng / Asafoetida -1/2 tsp
Punjabi chole masala (ready made)- 2 tsp
Ghee (clarified butter)- 1 tbsp
Cooking oil -2 tbsp
Salt to taste

*Nos means numbers

  1. Marinate chicken with yoghurt,2 pinches of turmeric powder, ginger-garlic paste and salt. Cover and keep aside for atleast 15 minutes.
  2. Heat ghee in a frying pan. Add 5 cloves,6 peppercorns, 1 bay leaf, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cardamom pods and the star anise petals. When these spices become dark add half the quantity of sliced onions and all ginger.
  3. Saute till onions become slightly brown. Add the cumin seeds, fennel seeds and the coriander seeds and mix well.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When this mix cools down, add the remaining turmeric  powder, red chili powder and grind to a fine paste.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a vessel. Add the remaining whole spices. When they become dark add the green chili, heeng and remaining onions.
  6. When onions become translucent, add the tomatoes. Cover and cook on medium flame for a couple of minutes.
  7. Add the ground masala, chole masala. Mix well. Add the marinated chicken and cook on medium flame.
  8. Add the chole(cooked). Cover and cook.

Few tips
*If you have the dried chole / garbanzo beans. Then soak them for 2-3 hrs before pressure cooking them.
**  Adjust the level of chole masala in your murgh chole based on how spicy you want your dish to be

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