Kadai Chicken: Indian cuisine very simple.

Welcome to Little Chef’s Apron! Today we’ll make something that is a part of North Indian cuisine. This recipe seems like it’s hard to make but actually, it requires very simple and easily available ingredients.

The chicken:


Chicken leg pieces ( here I am using 700 gms)

1 tbsp curd

2 tsp spices like salt ,chilli powder etc.

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

4 tbsp oil


. First, wash the chicken and add the spices to it.

. Add the paste of ginger and garlic and then the curd.

. Mix it well and let it marinate for 20-30 minutes. This is done so after the chicken is cooked it’s not bland from inside and has flavour.

. Now, shallow fry this chicken in the oil in high flame till there is a vague coating on it.

. Cover it with a lid and the chicken should be done in about 10 min but keep checking occasionally.

The gravy/masala:


4 half cut onions

3 half cut tomatoes

For the masala( 1 star anise, I cinnamon stick, 8-9 fennel seeds and garam masala)

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp fenugreek leaves


. Chop the onions finely in a food processor and fry the in the same oil used for chicken. Let this cook for 2 minutes and keep stirring.

. Purée the tomatoes and with this, add the ginger and garlic paste in to the onion mixture.

. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes till the oil surfaces out. You’d be able to see small pockets of oil in the gravy.

. Roast all the ingredients needed for the masala and grind it into a fine powder, if you think that there are still some crumbs, sieve it out.

. Add this masala to the gravy and mix it. Add the salt and the fried chicken.

. Give it a good mix and add the fenugreek leaves. Let this cook for 5 minutes and keep stirring occasionally.

. Plate it in a handi and serve hot with a garnish of coriander

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