Kadai Chicken

Kadai Chicken

It's been almost a month since I tried a new Indian chicken curry recipe, so I decided to make one this past weekend to go with a couple of rice dishes. I like the simplicity of this dish, not too threatening for a beginner, I also love the masala ingredients! So aromatic when they were being roasted!  If you are looking for something new to try or a variation to an Indian chicken curry recipe, give this a shot :)

Beula Pandian Thomas


  1. Chicken chicken legs : A combo of thighs and are good
  2. 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds :
  3. 1 Onion: onion large diced
  4. 2 Tomato : medium chopped
  5. 2 Capsicum : cut into chunks
  6. 1 tsp Garlic Paste:
  7. 1 tsp Ginger Paste:
  8. 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder:
  9. 1/4 tsp chilli Powder:
  10. Salt
  11. Oil
  12. Masala Kadai :
  13. 6 Red chilli Dry
  14. 1/2 tsp pepper corns
  15. 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
  16. 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  17. 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  18. 1/2 tsp fenugreek dry leaves


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    Marinate the chicken pieces in the turmeric and chilli powder

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    While the chicken is marinating, heat a non stick pan, and add all the ingredients of the kadai masala excluding the fenugreek leaves and roast for a few minutes. When everything is well roasted, add the dry fenugreek leaves, give it a stir and remove from the heat

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    Give it a few minutes to cool, then grind into a coarse powder and set aside

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    Heat some oil in a deep pot and add the cumin seeds and onions and saute for a few minutes until the onions are almost soft

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    Next add the ginger and garlic paste and cook until it gets aromatic and the raw smell disappears. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5mins on medium low

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    Add 1/2 of the kadai masala and continue cooking for a couple of minutes

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    Then add the marinated chicken pieces, the rest of the kadai masala and 3/4 cup water, salt and cook until the chicken is  almost fully cooked. I put a lid on the pot and cooked the chicken on medium low

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    When the chicken is 75% done, I added the diced capsicum and allowed it to finish cooking

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    Once done, transfer to a serving dish and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro

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    This chicken dish goes great with rice or roti!

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