Though we eat chicken, we do not cook it at home, but when I go to mom's place, though she does not eat chicken she cooks for papa. But there is only one dish papa wants and that is Butter Chicken, Mama and I are so bored of cooking the same thing for him every week and yes this has been for more than 4 years now. When I am there I always argue with him and try to make different recipes and at the end he tells us this is OK but next time please make Butter Chicken. I know the butter chicken is really good and tastes great but mama and I have collected so many recipes to try out. So when Vandana of Cooking Up Something Nice announced the "Chicken - My favorite" event and I was at moms place this last weekend, out of the blue he told mama that we can try another recipe for the chicken. Oh thank you papa. So Sunday morning over Tea mama and myself pulled out the old books with To try Recipes Most of the books that I have automatically inherited from mama. We finally decided on Mughlai Chicken cause it seemed lovely, easy and quick to prepare. It was not the same as Butter Chicken, OK Papa we know, by now we know what response we will be getting so it does not effect us at all. It was still a delight to have this with Naan.

We do not know where the original recipe was from, we did make some changes to it. This is our version.


1 kg chicken, with or without Bones washed and cut.
1/2 cup yogurt
2 tbsp sour Cream (Optional - You can substitute with yogurt) - Not in the original recipe
4 medium onion, chopped finely
1 tsp Garam Masala (Optional)
2 bay leaves
finely chopped fresh coriander leaves to garnish
salt to taste
2 green chili - Not in the original recipe
1 inch ginger - Not in the original recipe
2 tsp garlic - Not in the original recipe

To be ground to a fine Powder
Original recipe required to wet grind them, I preferred using the coffee grinder / spice grinder

3 dry red chili whole, roasted
1 tbsp poppy seeds, roasted
1 tbsp cumin seeds, roasted
2 tbsp cashew nut pieces
1 inch cinnamon stick
10 black pepper corns
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg grated
1 blade of mace
2 cloves
2 green cardamom


  1. Heat some oil or Ghee in a pan, fry about 1 and 1/2 chopped onions till they are golden brown. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Grind the cooled fried onion with the salt,green chili, ginger, garlic, yogurt and Sour Cream to a smooth paste.
  3. Marinate the chicken pieces in this onion yogurt mixture for a few hours in the fridge. (Min. 3 hrs)
  4. Heat oil/ghee in a non stick pan, add the bay leaves and fry for a few seconds.
  5. Add the remaining 2 and 1/2 chopped onions and saute on medium heat till the onions are light brown in color.
  6. Add the marinated chicken pieces , ground spice Mix and salt to taste. ( Remember that we have added salt to the chicken)
  7. Cover and cook on low level for about 30 minutes or till the chicken is fully cooked.
  8. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  9. Serve with Naan, Roti.

Of this goes to Vandana of "Cooking Up Something Nice" for the "Chicken - My favorite" event.


Suma Rajesh said...

luved chicken curry....its a good combo with palappam...

Cham said...

Looks so good the Chicken, do you have ur mom butter chicken? I love it but did not get the right one till now ...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

U know what, I was searching for this recipe for a long time, I did not find a correct one, Urs sounds good to me. Must try ur recipe. YUM! Nice recipe....

Srivalli said...

that really looks yummy!..will try to make it...

Alka said...

Hi Medha,
Chalo u atleast get an opportuinity to make chicken...doesn't matter if it's butter chicken always.Here i can't even cook it,coz,nobody eats nonveg
I have so many recipes for fish,mutton and chicken but cud never try it out!
Anyways u enjoy...and next time u make chicken,eat some on my behalf too...lolz

Medhaa said...

Suma:Thank you so much , I have never heard of Palappam, but now I know what it is, actually I Love appams and later realised Milk is Pal.

Cham: Thank you for your kind words, I will surely share the butter chicken recipe, I am at moms place again next week.

Sukanya: Please do try it, we liked it a lot.

Srivalli: THank you, please do try it.

Alka: Thank you and yes I will surely have your share. I know how you feel, I too cook so many things with fish and chicken and though hubby dear eats them we do not cook at home and ge t to eat at moms place.

Sireesha said...

Chicken curry looks great. Love Layered Paratha too....

Rachel said...

I love chicken and love it when there's so much of gravy like yours...

Sireesha said...

There is a treat for u at my blog:))

SASHREE said...

Hi Medhaa.......hru??im pure veggie dear,so i dont know how that wuld be..!!but i heard this is one of the famouse hyderabadi dish

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