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Indian Chicken Curry

Indian Chicken Curry - Delicious Chicken Curry made from Scratch!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Easy Chicken Curry, Indian Chicken Curry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 420kcal
Author F for Flavour


  • 1 kg Chicken Cut into small pieces
  • 1 Cup chopped Shallots or Onions
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil / Sunflower Oil
  • Curry leaves few
  • Coriander Leaves / Cilantro few
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • Salt As Required

For Masala

  • 2 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Roasted Gram dal optional
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp Grated Coconut


How to make Indian chicken curry

  • Take all the ingredients mentioned under "For Masala"(in the ingredients list) in a blender and grind to a fine paste. You can add little water while grinding. Check notes for Substitutes.
  • In a wide pan, add cooking oil. Once hot, add mustard seeds.
  • As soon as mustard splutters, add curry leaves and chopped shallots(or Onions).
  • Once shallots turned soft, add turmeric powder, Red chilli Powder, coriander Powder and mix well. Let it cook for a mins.
  • Add ginger and garlic paste and mix well. Cook till raw smell goes off.
  • Now add cleaned chicken pieces and required salt. Cover and cook for 5 mins over medium heat. No need to add water.
  • Add the ground paste, 2 cups of water to the pan and bring it to boil.
  • cover the pan and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 15 - 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Don't forget to stir now and then.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves/ Cilantro and Switch off the heat.
  • Serve Indian Chicken Curry with Rice or any flat breads.


  • If you do not have fresh grated coconut for preparing masala paste, grind remaining ingredients without coconut. Then add 1 cup of Coconut milk mixed with 1/2 cup of water to the the curry when you add masala paste.
  • Substitute for Coriander seeds is Coriander Powder. For every 1 tbsp of seeds, add 1 1/2 tbsp of powder while grinding.
  • Roasted Gram Dal is optional
  • This chicken curry is medium spicy. You can Adjust the spice level according to your taste preferences.