Jeera (Cumin) Chicken with white rice.

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Serves 4-5

A spicy, flavourful and aromatic chicken recipe, easy to prepare and with finger-licking results.

medium chicken, without the skin, divided into 8-10 pieces
1/2 tsp.
turmeric powder
4 tbsp.
3/4 cup
plain yoghurt
1½ tsp.
cumin powder
1½ tsp.
coriander powder
medium onions
3-4 tbsp.
cumin seeds
cinnamon sticks
corns whole black pepper
green chillies
1 tsp.
red chilli flakes
2 tsp.
ginger freshly crushed or paste
cloves crushed garlic or paste
salt to taste
1/2 tsp.
garam masala powder

For the Chicken

1.  Chop the onions finely
2.  Cut the green chillies into half
3.  Pour oil in a large non-stick pan and warm. Add the chillies.
4.  Add the cumin seeds, cinnamon, black pepper and cloves and let them splutter
5.  Add the chopped onions and sauté until the onions are caramelized and dark brown
6.  Now add the chicken pieces and increase the heat and stir-fry until the chicken turns a light brown
7.  Add the crushed garlic and ginger and keep stirring for a couple more minutes
8.  Add salt, turmeric, coriander-cumin powder.
9.  Continue stirring and finally reduce the heat to medium and add the yoghurt.
10. Cover the pan and let it cook/simmer gently for at least 30 min on low heat or until the chicken is nicely done.

For the Rice

Soak a cup or two of long grain rice for about 30 minutes.

Fill a big and deep pan with water, add salt, a tbsp. of oil (helps keep the grains of rice separate), juice of half a lemon (bleaches the rice so that it's extra white) and a stick of cinnamon (for its aroma).

Bring to a brisk boil.

Drain your rice and add it to the boiling water. Stir regularly to make sure all the rice is cooked evenly but use a slender wooden spoon to prevent breaking the rice.

Boil steadily until the rice turns slightly tender. Drain the water and discard the cinnamon stick. Sprinkle some cold water over the rice whilst it's still on the strainer to help keep the grains separate. Pour the rice back into the pan and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bake in a hot oven for about 10mins.

Serve with the chicken and enjoy!


I tried your karai chicken everyone loved it , was really nice, next i am going to try Jeera chicken i hope it turns out good as well, I am sure it will ;)
You are doing excellent job, i love your recipes.
Thank you so much

i tried ths dish n it turned out soooo good...thnx for sharing

for sure i will try to morrow JEERA CHICKEN , its looking sooooo tasty , cant wait to try it . Thnk

Hi, I have just made this but it doesnt make much sauce. Can you suggest a way to make more sauce without diluting flavour? Maybe a tin of tomatoes?

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Hi! It's normally a dry-gravy kind of dish, but yes you can add a tin of tomatoes for added sauce. For best flavour, it would be best to add the tomatoes in after the chicken so the tomatoes get the full depth of flavour. You can add the tomatoes in the end but allow the sauce to simmer for a few minutes so the flavours are infused (if the chicken is already tender, take it out in a plate so it does not get over-cooked, and keep it covered).

assalamu alaikum to the both of you. This is a yummy looking dish which I am eager to try. What would you use instead of the coriander powder if you happened not to have any at hand? Is that dhania you used to garnish it with? Kudos to you for the work you are doing!

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W/Salaam, simply omit the coriander powder if you do not have it or use some extra cumin powder. And yes I garnished with coriander/dhania.

Shukran! Made it for Sunday lunch, turned out well, ahamdullillah! Am getting compliments, mashaAllah! May Allah reward you, amin :)

assalamun alaikum
i was just wondering how much of tomato puree and grinded tomato to put so as to make it a bit wetty rather than letting it stay dry as it is. And what if i opt to put dhania instead of the coriander powder, how much of dhania am i supposed to use? waiting to hear from you soon :)

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W/Salaam, about 1 cup of grinded tomato is fine although you can add more for extra gravy. Coriander powder is dhania powder, unless you mean freshly chopped? In that case just 2 tbsp of freshly chopped is fine.

Asasalamu alaykkum,
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmh yammy recipes mashaallah,just been introduced to me by a friend on this website,but am a very a very fun lover of food and coooking!!!!lol Allah bless u more rewards for sharing yor knwoledge to everyone.ameeeeeen

Assalam o Alaikum

for extra gravy we need tomatoes only? what about Yoghurt ?? I will add more quantity for extra gravy or it is not required? moreover Kindly tell me how can I make Tomato Puree ?? Kethcup can be use as its replacement or not ?? kindly reply at earliest ma'am :)

thank you !

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W/Salaam, you can make a gravy with just tomatoes alone, or if you want you can add yoghurt too, up to your personal taste. I prefer it as is, without the extra gravy. You can use tomato paste in place of puree. The store-bought concentrated variety.

It doesn't mention when to add the garam masala n red chilli flakes. i added with youghart.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

That is ok, garam masala is normally added right at the end before turning off the heat.

Hey! lovely website! jus wana ask sumthin! what do u mean by 1 boneless chicken? u mean 1Kg?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi and thanks! No it means 1 breast of the chicken, which would be around 200-250gm depending on the size of the chicken.

I tired it at home it taste good but my good question is y did it turned out black?? not as same as urs??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Did you by any chance maybe burn the onions? Not sure why it would turn out black..but glad the taste was good.

As-Salam'Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

Today,I have tried Jeera {cumin} chicken for lunch...
Its smell very good in the kitchen...
Masha Allah,its very tasty & yummy,thanks a lot...
Your recipes are so easy to follow...
Keep Up The Good Work...
Good Luck...

Hi, when do u add the yoghurt? If u don't have yogurt, can u omit it, or substitute with something else. Thanks

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Hi, it is added during step 9. I would not recommend you to omit it as it gives a good colour and gravy to the dish. You can use curd if that is available to you.

Can v make this dish with mutton, instead of chicken??
Pls lemme know..

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W/Salaam, have never tried but it should be ok. :) You can pre-boil the mutton first to help the meal cook faster.

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W/Salaam, yes you can.

Assalamualaikum, can you make this with boneless chicken?

is it made by bony chicken or boneless???????

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I made it using chicken with bone. You can use either of the two.

I love this curry, but is it possible to make it a little more saucy? it feels too dry for the rice.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes absolutely, you can double all the ingredients aside from the chicken so you will have a saucier result. :)

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a.a.w.w I had put the yogurt on the chicken b4 I saw this recipe is it ok if I put them in together at step 6?

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W/Salaam, yes it is fine.

asalam aleikum.i cooked this today mashALLAH its delicious but i didntknow what saute is in the instructions no.5,where u said add the onions and saute.whats saute?i cooked without it but i just wanted to know what is it so that next time i use it.shukran. Allah Ibarik.

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W/Salaam, thanks. To 'saute' means to fry the onions in the oil whilst stirring. It is like saying stir-fry. :)

Salam!i have tried your ginger chicken and tawa chicken it turned out great:) thanks...i want to ask what does 3cloves mean...garlic cloves?i m a begginer and you recipes are a great help.

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W/Salaam, it means the spice cloves not garlic. The dark cloves.

i wld like to try jeera chicken today.may i no if using boneless chicken hw much quantity i shall use.

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W/Salaam, you will need 500gm boneless chicken.

Mouthwatering...thanks for the recipe

Salaam Fauzia.. Thank you so much for the recipes .. I'm a learner and your cooking has helped tremendously.. I wanted to ask you about the jeera chicken.. Do you add tomatoes after frying the chicken? And if so then when do you add yogurt? After the tomatoes cook or with the tomatoes! Or should I omit yogurt if I'm using tomatoes? I want it to be very gravy

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W/Salaam, thanks. Add the tomatoes before the chicken, let them cook down until the oil separates from the sides then add the chicken and fry. Then the yoghurt.

Thanks a lot.. Going to try it today

Salaams! I'm planning on making this today. I have a mixture of dhana zeera powder (cumin and coriander). How much should I add of this? I also have cumin seeds and cumin powder. WHat would you suggest adding? Thanks!

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W/Salaam, you can use 1 and a half teaspoon dhana jeera powder, and 1 tsp cumin powder. The cumin seeds you can use as per the recipe. :)

hi, i would like to make this today evening...i don't see tomatoes in your ingredients so am a bit confused as in the comments i see you mentioning to add before the chicken and if we are then how many tomatoes and are they to be chopped or grated? please reply soon...;)

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Hi, that is for someone who asked if she can use tomatoes to add more gravy to this dish.

how much is 6 cloves of garlic in paste?

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Around 2-3 tsp depending on the sizes of the garlic cloves.