Punjabi Chicken Curry

October 10, 2011 · 29 comments

in Chicken, Cuisine : Indian, Cuisine : Punjabi


Last Saturday was a relatively free day and it was a sunny day too, so I decided to cook up a storm and take a ton of pictures. It was finally 3 in the afternoon when we had lunch :) For all of the 10 days during Navrathri, my meataholic was off meat, which also meant that no meat was cooked all of the last two weeks. So, of course there had to be something for AJ when I cooked so many things.


I had seen this recipe for a Punjabi Chicken Curry in Anjum’s New Indian cookbook and I wanted to try that out. When I started reading the recipe, it did not seem very different from the regular chicken curry I make with garam masala, only thing she used a little of bayleaves, black cardamom and cloves along with the regular garam masala. That is when I realized that I had some Punjabi Garam Masala, all ready in one of my spice jars, something which has black cardamom in it and something that I rarely use. And, I thought, before it goes stale and loses its potency, let me make use of it in one more dish and that is how I made this Punjabi Chicken Curry for Saturday’s lunch. So the idea for this recipe basically came from the book, but the recipe is all mine :)


Punjabi Chicken Curry – The Recipe

  • Chicken breasts, bone in or boneless – 1 to 1 1/2 lbs, cubed
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Red Onion  – 1, chopped
  • Crushed Ginger – 1 tsp
  • Crushed Garlic – 1 tbsp
  • Thai Green Chillies, split lengthwise – 3
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Punjabi Garam Masala – 2 tsp
  • Tomatoes – 2, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped – 2 tsp, for garnish


Heat the oil in a kadhai or deep pan. Add the onions, green chillies, ginger and garlic to the oil and saute till the onions turn golden brown. Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and the Punjabi Garam Masala to this and stir well.

Add the tomatoes and let it cook well till the oil rises above it. Now add the chicken pieces. Add just a little bit of water so that it doesnt stick to the bottom of the pan. Remember that chicken will give out water when it cooks, so you don’t want too much water in the curry. Just about a 1/4 cup will do.

Add salt and keep stirring every once in a while till the chicken is cooked well and you have a thick sauce of the tomatoes, onions and the spices.

Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with chapatis or rice.


{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anu@MyDreamCanvas October 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

It looks delicious.


2 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Thanks Anu!


3 aarthi October 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm

First time here……Punjabi foods are my favorite..Specially this chicken dish is a wow….This looks really good…Following your blog straight away..If you have time Check out my blog too..

I am having a Giveaway..


4 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Thanks Aarthi! Will definitely drop by your blog soon!


5 jaisy October 11, 2011 at 1:22 am

wow spicy n yummy chicken curry awsme clicks


6 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

thanks Jaisy!


7 Arch October 11, 2011 at 2:32 am

Awesome ! I still cant get over the fact that you do not eat meat, but cook up such awesome stuff.. great going ! You should try and get a copy of Cooking with Pedatha, its really really good, simple recipes, but they turn out so tasty…and her coconut chutney is superb…Hey, I tried your raw banana mor kootu when we had some unexpected guests and it turned out so good, served it with coconut rice, was a great combination…


8 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Thanks Arch..im getting that book soon :)


9 Sarah Naveen October 11, 2011 at 8:00 am

nice clicks manju! this curry is so full of flavors alle..


10 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Sarah! :)


11 Tadka Pasta October 11, 2011 at 9:46 am

Chock full of Mirch and Masala! And fitting treat after the meatless Navratri :)


12 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

:) :) yeah it is TP..thanks!


13 Eva@ kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com October 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I love a good curry, and this one sound absolutely delicious. The Punjabi Garam Masala also sounds interesting.


14 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Eva!


15 Lisa H. October 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm

OMG… my tummy is making thunderous noise looking at your curry. Looks so appetizing :D


16 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

haha..thanks Lisa!


17 torviewtoronto October 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm

chicken curry looks fabulous deliciously done


18 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

aww..thanks! :)


19 rachel October 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm

truly decadent.


20 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm



21 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 12, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Hmm how delicious this curry is! I can eat curry everyday… as long as it’s not so spicy. Whenever someone post delicious curry I have to have curry on the day or next day….wait, I had Japanese curry for lunch today… see. Your curry photo is amazing.


22 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thanks Nami :)


23 Hotly Spiced October 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm

That is a beautiful looking curry. Would love some.


24 kankana October 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm

OMG Manju .. super craving happening right now. This chicken dish sounds so rich and filled with flavor.. just the type i love to eat.


25 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Thanks K! :)


26 Amina October 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Hi… first time here… Had a wonderful time viewing your recipes and pictures… glad to follow you… do visit my blog if you find time… Punjabi chicken curry looks delicious.. we too make this at home but dfferently…would try your version someday…


27 Manju October 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Thanks Amina! Willd efinitely come visit your blog soon :)


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