Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Yummy Chicken Curry

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

This recipe is for my mothers' chicken curry. 

Curry is made daily in my house and my mother has many variations, as do all Pakistani mothers. This is one that she made recently and it turned out quite well.

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Whole Chicken Pieces

2. Tomato Puree
3. Salt
4. Lemon Juice
5. Curry Powder
6. Plain Yoghurt
7. Sunflower Oil
8. Onions
9. Garlic
10. Water
11. Ground Coriander
12. Ground Cumin
13. Red Chilli Powder
14. Ground Turmeric
15. Garam Masala
16. Tomatoes
17. Green Chillies
18. Fresh Coriander
19. Paprika Powder

Bismillah, let's get started!

Raw meat alert! Sorry, it's because some people can't stand the sight of raw meat.
Well, to cook in the kitchen, you are going to have to get used to it.
The first ingredient is 1 Whole Chicken, cut into pieces.

The first thing to do is marinade the chicken, and for that the first ingredient is tomato puree.

To a large mixing bowl, add the chicken and 1 tablespoon Tomato Puree.

Add 1 teaspoon Salt.

Add the juice of 1 Lemon.

Add 1 teaspoon Curry Powder.

Add 3 tablespoons Plain Yoghurt.

Stir to combine, and keep in the fridge overnight, if possible.

Heat a few tablespoons Sunflower Oil in a saucepan.

Take 2 Onions.

Slice the onions into the hot oil.

Next, peel 5 Garlic Cloves.

Add the garlic cloves to the pan.

Fry the onions and garlic until golden brown. Add a quarter cup Water and cook for one minute.

Add the marinaded chicken to the pan, and fry for about 7 minutes.

Add 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander.

Add 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin.

Add 1 teaspoon Salt, or to taste.

Add 1 teaspoon Chilli Powder, or to taste.

Add 1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric.

Add 1 teaspoon Garam Masala.
Cook for about 5 minutes on a medium heat, and then add another quarter cup of Water, and stir in. Then lower the heat and cook covered for approximately 40 minutes.

The next ingredients are 2 Tomatoes and a Fresh Green Chilli. You can add more chilli, if you want.

Slice the tomatoes and chilli, and add to the chicken.

Next, add a handful of chopped Fresh Coriander.

Add 1 teaspoon Paprika.

And it's done!
Serve with rice or roti.

Yummy Chicken Curry


For the Chicken Marinade
·      1 Whole Chicken, cut into pieces
·      1 tablespoon Tomato Puree
·      1 teaspoon Salt
·      Juice of 1 Lemon
·      1 teaspoon Curry Powder
·      3 tablespoons Plain Yoghurt

For the Curry
·      Few tablespoons Sunflower Oil
·      2 Onions, peeled and sliced
·      5 Garlic Cloves, peeled
·      Water
·      1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
·      1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
·      1 teaspoon Salt
·      1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
·      ½ teaspoon Ground Turmeric
·      1 teaspoon Garam Masala
·      2 Tomatoes, sliced
·      1 large Jalapeno Pepper, sliced
·      Handful of Fresh Coriander, chopped
·      1 teaspoon Paprika


1. First, marinade the chicken. Place the chicken, tomato puree, salt, lemon juice, curry powder and yoghurt, and mix well. Leave to marinade for a few hours or overnight.

2.  For the curry, heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onions and garlic and fry until golden brown. Add ¼ cup water and cook for 1 minute.

3.  Add the marinated chicken to the pan, and fry for 7 minutes.

4.  Add the ground coriander, ground cumin, salt, red chilli powder, ground turmeric and garam masala.

5.  Cook for 5 minutes and then add ¼ cup water. Bring to the boil, and cook covered for 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

6.  Finally, add the tomatoes, pepper, coriander and paprika. Stir well and serve!

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  1. As recommend I left the chicken to marinade over night. It tasted absolutely delicious! I won't hesitate to make this again, and I'll certainly be trying some of your other recipes. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Amjad17 March 2014 18:53
    I spend a lot of time surfing the net looking for true authentic Pakistani dishes and by chance this is the first time I came across your blog. Can I start by congratulating you for the way you have clearly and concisely presented your recipes with pics during each step. You are a very knowledgeable and kind individual to take the time to share this information with us folk in search of the holy grail of Pakistani cooking. Just reading through your recipes has got my mouth watering, something other recipes haven't been able to do. Whoever has the good fortune to sample the dishes you make must be very happy indeed. I tried your yummy chicken today and it blew me away and I thought I was a very good cook but your dish is something else. Look forward to trying out many more and please keep adding as you now have a new fan over here in the Midlands.

    Regards Amjad.

  3. Salaam, which curry powder do you use?

    1. Wa alaikumus salaam! We usually use a mild curry powder because we add other spices with it. :)

  4. Assalamualikum. w.w

    I made this today and it has come out so tasty!

    jazakillah'khair so so much

    your recipes are like a god send
    they are so clear and easy to follow with the step by step pics and it has made my life so easy
    i have tried afew other recipes and honestly I this is my new recipe book! I have learnt so many styles from your cooking and the best thing is my family all enjoying the food!
    seriously Allah reward you so much for your effort
    you have helped me so much!
    i can't wait to try more of your recipes! inshallah

    Jazakillah'khair again!


    1. Wa alaikumus salaam! So glad you enjoyed the chicken. Jazakallah khair to you for all your kind words. I love that you use my blog like a recipe book. Ameen to your duas! :)

  5. Assalamu Alaikum Sister:
    Made this recipe once before and my (adult) children said it was exactly like it's name 'yummy.' Making it again for Eid, in sha Allah, and they are excited.

    Looking forward to trying more of your recipes even though I am not Pakistani.

    May Allah reward immensely you for sharing. May He accept all your Fasts and answer all your prayers.

    1. Ameen! So glad you've enjoyed my recipes so far.


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