Homestyle Chicken Masala Curry



I made this chicken curry on New years day, so I thought its only apt that this be my first post! I have always loved to cook, watch, listen, talk and dream of food-particularly curry. There is something to be said about a warm flavourful curry with aromatic rice at the end of a tiring day-or any day actually, in my case.

There are a million different ways of making a chicken curry, everybody has their own version or versions. This is a curry I make when I have roughly 20 minutes on hand and a load of other stuff to do while this is cooking. I prep the ingredients as I go which means the prep time is very less and while this is on the stove I get the rice or any other accompaniment ready. This masala curry particularly pairs well with Roti/Naan. If the Roti/Naan has a generous slathering of Butter or Ghee(clarified butter) all the better.

You will need:

  1. Chicken- 1 Kg, cleaned and cut (preferably with bone)
  2. Onions- 2 medium sized onions, thinly sliced
  3. Garlic- 8-10 cloves, without skin
  4. Ginger- 1-1/2 inches, peeled
  5. Tomato puree- 1 large tomato pureed in a blender
  6. Green chillies- 2 nos, slit in between
  7. Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  9. Red chilli powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  10. Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  11. Oil for cooking- 1 cup (any oil will do)
  12. Garam Masala- 1 tsp
  13. Fresh Coriander leaves- a good handful, chopped thinly
  14. Salt- 1 1/2 tsp  or as per taste


  1. Add the oil to a wide and deep bottomed pan and place on medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute till it turns golden brown. Add 2 cups of water to the onions and close the lid of the pan. We are looking for the onions to turn soft and the water to reduce to a jam-like consistency . This will take about 5-7 minutes.
  2. While the onions are cooking, in a grinder add the ginger and garlic with some water and grind to a thin liquid.
  3. Add the chicken to the pan once the onions are done and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the ginger-garlic water, cumin seeds, turmeric, red chilli and coriander powder to the chicken and give it a good mix. Add salt at this point.
  4. Cook the chicken with a lid on for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and you see some oil at the edges of the pan. Add the tomato paste, green chillies and come freshly chopped coriander and give it a good stir. Close the lid again and cook covered for 2-3 minutes.
  5. The chicken should be well cooked at this point and the gravy would be almost sauce-like. Add the remaining fresh coriander leaves and sprinkle some garam masala powder. Done!


I have made this curry a hundred times and I love it each time. You can use chopped tomatoes instead of the puree and use sliced ginger-garlic instead of the ‘ginger-garlic water’ but you will miss out on the sauce-y consistency of the dish. The onions are so soft and jam-y you can’t even feel it. You will however taste the caramelized onion base that adds so much flavour to the dish. The garam masala powder and the freshly cut coriander leaves gives the dish a lot of freshness and flavour that I wouldn’t think of missing it.

I hope you give this curry a try and enjoy it!



15 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe


  2. Nissy says:

    Wow! That’s a new take on chicken curry! I’m drooling thinking about the saucy gravy! Also finally you have a food blog! I love the way you write and I can’t wait for more! Way to go sis!!


  3. Sara John (Anisha) says:

    Wow… simply yet looks delicious. Can’t wait to try this recipe since it gives a good window to cook chicken curry in that stipulated time… thanks susan.. will definitely post a reply once made..


    1. susanabraham says:

      Thanks a lot Anisha:)


  4. cook&learn says:

    Good recipe 🙂


  5. aditiroy24 says:

    Very nicely written and yes it is one of the mouth watering dishes and one of my favourite dish. I like it a lot. I prepare this whenever I crave for home made chicken. 🙂


  6. Sharon says:

    This recipe is just delicious . Thanks Susan for sharing such a wonderful recipe. Please do keep uploading more like these


    1. susanabraham says:

      Thank you so much for trying Sharon! This means a lot to me 😊 I will definitely try and share more recipes!


  7. tanha lalwani says:

    Just tried this recipe and it was amazing. Please add more recipes. Super loving it.


    1. susanabraham says:

      Thank you so much Tanha! This makes me so happy 😀 will definitely add more recipes!


  8. Priscilla says:

    Tried this recipe for the first time. And turned out so well! Not as good as how it would taste when you make it ,Susan 😁 thanks for sharing the recipe !!!


    1. susanabraham says:

      Thank you Priscilla ❤️❤️


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