Karahi Chicken

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Serves 4-5

A lovely simple spicy chicken dish, that is mainly flavoured by fresh chopped tomatoes and ginger. I love adding capsicum/pepper in this dish too, it adds to the wonderful aroma and gives a fantastic yummy finish.

Ingredients for Chicken Marinade
chicken, cut into small pieces (12 or more)
- marinate chicken for at least an hour, up to overnight in the ingredients below
1 tsp.
1 tsp.
2 tsp.
red chilli powder
1/4 tsp.
turmeric powder
2 tbsp.
plain yoghurt
2 tsp.
lemon juice
Additional Ingredients
1 tsp.
coriander seeds, roasted then grinded into a powder
1 tsp.
cumin seeds
whole pepper
pieces cinnamon sticks
cardamom pods
1/4 cup oil + 2 tbsp. butter
onions, chopped finely
medium tomatoes, chopped finely
chopped capsicum/pepper
1 tsp.
fenugreek/methi leaves
green chillies, slit
1 tsp.
red chilli powder
1 tsp.
ginger paste
1/2 tsp.
garlic paste
1/2 tsp.
cumin powder
1/2 tsp.
garam masala
salt to taste
julienned ginger for garnishing
coriander leaves, chopped

Heat the oil n butter, add the whole spices (cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves). Once they start to sputter, add the fenugreek/methi leaves, followed by the chopped onions. Fry the onions on medium heat until golden, then add the ginger and garlic, followed by the chopped tomatoes and 1 green chilli. Cook until the tomatoes reduce in amount and thicken up, releasing the oil.

Turn up the heat to high, now add the marinated chicken pieces. Stir fry them in this mixture on high heat for 5 minutes until the chicken turns color, then reduce the heat to low, add the cumin powder, chili powder and coriander powder plus half a cup of warm water. Cover the pot and let the chicken simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.

Check on it, stir and add some salt, then cover again and let it cook for another 8-10 minutes. Now check on the chicken, add the chopped capsicum/pepper, adjust salt and add the second green chilli plus a bit of the coriander leaves (if you're not using capsicum, just add the salt and green chilli n coriander leaves at this point).

Cover and simmer again for another 5-8 minutes or until the capsicum has started to soften. Check if the chicken is done, squeeze the juice of half a lemon, sprinkle the garam masala and some chopped coriander. Turn off the heat once the chicken is done.

Leave it to rest for about 20 minutes covered before serving so that the flavours get properly infused into the chicken. Garnish with ginger and more coriander, and serve with either rice or naan...or whatever else you prefer.




i wish you were selling a book published by you

dear fauzia,
salam,realy i love you n liked yr recipies,,,the recipies i tried till now all went sooo yummy n tasty,my husband doesnt like chicken cause i didny use to make it yummybut i started making from yr recipie ,,it goes so delicious that he started eating chicken dishes,,yester day i made chicken jelfraizy,,guess what my husband says"main chicken khata nahee,laikin yea itny tasty bany hay k main khata hee gaya"i realy luv u n duaas for u comes from the bottom of my heart"

awesome yarr aapka jawab nahi

Jazakallah khair for such nice recipies ur giving us thax a million

hi Fauzia sis,
what can i use as a substitute of methi leaves?is it ok to use the fenugreek powder insted? thanx

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Hi, don't use the powder, you can leave it out if you don't have the leaves.

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Yes you can.

thanks for the recipe.it was so delicious!

Do you have a recipee for chicken jelfraizy? =) Im trying this karahi recipee right now! first one im trying off your site :) really excited!

Salams made the same thing but with meat a it smells lovely

Assalamoalikum Fauzia, i just want to ask you that if we don't use capsicum int it so will it result in good taste or it will differ? coz i like capsicum but not my in laws...

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W/Salaam, it will be fine even without the capsicum.

I followed this recipe,and have just finished. cant wait to taste it!!! I only used 1 pepper instead of 3 and didn't put butter in.

If i use a pound of boneless chicken how many tomatoes would i use? Also would the amount for the rest of the ingredients remain the same?

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W/Salaam, half of all the ingredients will be enough.

JazakAllah :)

Hi fauzia can you tell me how much grams of chicken did you use?

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About 1 to 1 and a quarter kg.

Hi Fauzia,

Can a Tin of tomatoe be used instead of fresh tomatoe?


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Hi, yes that is ok.

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W/Salaam, yes double the ingredients. :)

slaam fauzia.

im trying bthis today but im using chicken breast pieces.
i think i have about 2kg, so should i double up on all the ingrediants?

Hello . Ur this recipe is really yummy . I tried with chicken . Want to try with mutton , should i use samequantity of masalas or should i increase it .pl. specify how much for 1kg mutton.thanks

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Hi, thank you! Yes you can make this with mutton, use the exact recipe but since mutton will take longer to cook than chicken, adjust the water accordingly until your meat is cooked.

Salams Fauzia, this was the yummiest Karahi Chicken xxx Jazak Allah for sharing your lovely recipes.

It turend out excellent!


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Thanks! Will post jalfrezi soon. :)

The recipes that i have tried from this site are simply awesome. Can i plz get a recipe for chicken jalfrezi?

Aslm,aleykum sis fauzia, just found your website. I learned alot n I love it. Keep up tha good work. Jaazakalah kheir ukhty

assalam alaikum...i tried this recipe today it was really yummy...just like the karahis i ate at restaurants...ur recipe rocks...cant wait to try ur other recipes inshaAllah...jazakIllah khair for ur wonderful recipe.

thanks a lot for your wonderful recipes.
I was wondering if this recipe can be done with beef as well?

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W/Salaam, yes it can.

Fauziaa plz post recipe of WHITE KARAHI

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Will do inshaAllah. I do have white qorma if you are interested in that. :)

Assalam o Alaikum Fauzia dear, thanx for the ymmy rcips :)
today i am going to try this recipe n i hope this will also be as tasty as the other ones that i have already tried:)Duas and Salam

Salaams,how much tomato do we need to use?

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W/Salaam, as mentioned in the recipe 6-8 tomatoes.

Nice recipe.i shall try soon with ur naan recipe.Insha ALLAH.

Hi what do you mean by 2 whole peppers? What kind

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Black peppercorns.

Salam Fauzia

If i use boneless chicken, do i change the quantity of ingredients?


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W/Salaam, use 1kg boneless chicken for the same amount of ingredients.

The above receipe will make how many servings? I have 1kg of chicken drumsticks(with bone). Should i keep the ingredients same?

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1kg chicken would serve around 4-5 people. Yes, same amounts for the 1kg drumsticks. :)

with skin or without for this recipie?

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Salam Fauzia,
Thank you for sharing such a great recipe :)! Just a few doubts I had. For the ingredients, it says ginger and garlic paste. Since I don't have paste available right now, can I substitute the pastes with minced ginger and garlic instead? If yes, then should I be using the same quantity? Also I have fried onions made already so how much should I use to substitute with the two onions ?

Thank you in advance :)

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W/Salaam, you can grate the ginger and garlic to form a paste. And yes same amount. Hmm about the fried onion, hard to say what is the equivalent of 2 onions, I would use about 4-5 tbsp.