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Chicken Kadhai

chicken kadhai
A popular Indian Chicken curry also known as Kadahi Chicken or Chicken Karahi.

Chicken - about 300 gms
Green Bell Peppers/Capsicum - 1 cup
Red Onion - 1 big
Chopped Garlic - 2 tbsp
Chopped Ginger - 1 tsp

Coriander/Dhania Seeds - 1 1/2 tbsp
Cumin/Jeera Seeds - 1 tsp
Fennel/Saunf Seeds - 1 tsp
Cinnamon/Dalchini - an inch piece
Cloves/Long/Lavang - 3
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 1 pod 
Bay Leaf - 1

Red Chilli Powder - 2 tbsp
Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Lemon Juice - 4 tbsp

1. In a mixing bowl, add lemon juice, red chilli powder, turmeric, black pepper powder, 1/2 tsp salt and mix with a spoon.  Add more lemon juice if required.  Add the washed chicken pieces and mix to coat them well.  Keep it covered (and preferably refrigerated) for 2 - 3 hours.
2. Grind coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom seeds to a fine powder. 
3. Finely chop ginger, garlic and onions and dice green bell peppers (I used coloured as well) into big cubes.
4. Heat about 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add bay leaf.  After few seconds, add onions, ginger and garlic.  Saute till onions turn soft.  Add the ground spice powders and saute for 2 - 3 minutes.  Now add marinated chicken and coat the chicken pieces well.  Add 1/2 cup water and cook it covered for 8 - 10 minutes.
5. Check if chicken is cooked with a spatula.  Add cubed bell peppers/capsicum and salt if required.  Saute till the gravy thickens and bell peppers are cooked as per your choice.
6. Serve Kadhai Chicken with roti, naan or rice.


  1. Delicious chicken,makes me hungry,nice recipe.thanks for sharing.

  2. Slurp,fingerlicking chicken kadhai,truly mouthwatering here..

  3. very well gurl!keep up the good recipes!

  4. delicious combination flavourful chicken

  5. Tempting and delicious chicken dish..nice recipe..thanks for sharing!


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