Achari Chicken Curry

Tangy Indian Chicken Recipe

Recipe by imran of mumbai, IN

This recipe is easy, full of flavour...and has no store-bought mixes. I avoid these mixes because they have preservatives and additives. See the note at the bottom of the recipe in case you cant find the seeds

Ingredients non vegetarian 8 servings

    • 1 Chicken, cut into pieces
    • 3 Onions, sliced fine
    • 3 Tomatoes, chopped fine
    • 1 tbsp Garlic Paste
    • 1 tbsp Ginger Paste
    • 3 tbsp Yogurt (curd) - thick
    • 1 tsp Kalonji (Nigella seeds)
    • 1/2 tsp  Methi dana (Fenugreek seeds)
    • 1 tsp  Whole Zeera (Cumin Seeds)
    • 1 tsp Saunf (Fennel seeds)
    • 1 tsp Bhuna Zeera Powder (Roasted Cumin Powder)
    • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Haldi (Turmeric Powder)
    • 2-3 Green chilies
    • Lemon Juice - of 1 lemon
    • Salt to taste
    • Fresh Coriander (Hara Dhania) to garnish


    1. Slit the green chilies and soak them in thelemon juice. Keep aside.
    2. Heat about 4-5 tbsps of oil in a nice big wok (kadhai), and fry the onions till brown.
    3. Add the kalonji + methi dana + Whole Zeera + Saunf. Mix well.
    4. Add ginger-garlic paste and haldi...roast well.
    5. Now put in the chicken pieces and roast on high flame till well browned.
    6. On high flame, add yogurt and fry well, but gently...don't want to debone the chicken!
    7. Once it leaves oil, add the red chilli powder + roasted zeera powder + tomatoes..and roast well once again on high flame.
    8. Once this also leaves oil around the edges. add about 1/2 a cup of water + salt to taste...and cook covered, on simmer for about 30 mins. Stir once in a while.
    9. Once the chicken is tender, put in the chilies with the lemon juice and fresh coriander, and simmer for 5-7 minutes to enhance the flavours!
    10. Serve with naan roti or basmati rice, and a veggie side-dish.
    11. Note: This is actually flavoured with the ingredients of an Indian pickle. Buy them only if you intend to use them, otherwise, its worthwhile to try the basic recipe without the 4 strange sounding seeds. You can even puree the tomatoes for a smoother gravy.




    ASAK, imran ji. very nice recipe. turned out really yummy. thanks for sharing.

    jean chaurasia

    A great recipe and enjoyed by all. Thanks



    Nice recipe...mouth watering