An easy recipe of Kadai chicken

Kadai chicken

Kadai chicken is  popular recipe in Northern parts of India. Today being the 1st day of the year 2018, I planned to cook something tasty for dinner. The lunch had been too simple today as yesterday was a roof – top picnic day for us with bon-fire! So the dinner was a late one and a heavy one as well. But for new year, how could I go without serving something nice for my family. So after shopping for groceries and other needful, I went ahead with an easy chicken preparation in a kadai in an indigenous manner. And I called it Kadai chicken – my way.


Time required to cook Kadai chicken: 35 – 40 minutes


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Ingredients for Kadai chicken cooked for 3 people:

  • Chicken – about 500 gms
  • 3 big potatoes – cut into halves  ( Luckily I got ‘notun aloo’ in the market )
  • 8 – 9 cloves of garlic – 1 inch of a ginger – grind roughly with  mortar and pestle
  • 4 – 5 small onions – just peel off the outer layer and use it as it is
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 – 4 sprigs of fresh coriander leaves – roughly chopped
  • 3 – 4 tsp of mustard oil
  • 1 tsp of shahi garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup of beaten curd


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Kadai chicken – my way – The recipe:

  1. In a mixing bowl, put cleaned curry cut chicken pieces, salt, beaten curd, turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, mustard oil, ginger garlic paste. Now mix them properly
  2. Put whole onions, potatoes into the bowl and marinate for 30 minutes at least
  3. Heat a wok and put all the ingredients of the mixing bowl into the wok
  4. Smash the whole tomato with hand and drop into the wok
  5. Stir for 2 – 3 minutes and then cover cook in medium – high flame for 35 minutes approximately or till the chicken pieces and potatoes are cooked thoroughly. Stir in between
  6. Add the coriander leaves somewhat in middle of the cooking process
  7. I need not add water at all as the chicken released water in which the chicken got cooked. I wanted a dry chicken curry

After the chicken curry is done, serve hot with chapattis or breads.



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I am a foodie and a cook by passion. The aroma, the taste of food attracts me and the ingredients and their properties attract me even more. I pursued my bachelors in Electronics and Instrumentation engineering and have had a successful career in IT in automotive testing domain as an automation and manual test engineer. I worked for 8 years in Bangalore, Kolkata and Munich, Germany. After my daughter was born, I worked for 2 years and then decided to take a break to spend time with my daughter and watch her grow. Apart from spending time with my princess, I am devoting time to my hobbies of cooking and writing now.