Spicy Punjabi Chicken curry

Punjabi Chicken Curry


NO butter, ghee or cream is required to make this super delicious and simple Punjabi chicken curry! It’s simply my quickest and easiest recipe for a chicken curry on a warm Saturday afternoon and this will be your go-to recipe from here on!


  • Bone-in chicken pieces – 1 kg 
  • Turmeric – 1 teaspoon 
  • Red chilli powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Coriander powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin powder – 1 tablespoon 
  • Salt – 2-3 teaspoons 
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon 
  • Lemon juice – half a lemon 
  • Onions – 1 medium, finely chopped 
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium, pureed 
  • Cilantro – a handful, chopped 
  • Kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves – 1 tbsp, crushed(if preferred)
  • Vegetable oil – ¼ cup 


  1. Marinate the chicken pieces for 30 minutes or overnight with 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon red chilli powder, 1 tablespoon coriander powder, ½ tablespoon cumin powder, salt, ½ tablespoon ginger garlic paste and the juice of half a lemon. 
  2. In a wide bottomed pan, heat ¼ cup of oil and fry the marinated chicken pieces on medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes until half cooked and golden brown. Remove the chicken and keep them aside on a plate. 
  3. In the leftover oil, saute onions until they’re browned lightly and add ½ tablespoon ginger garlic paste and stir well. Blend 2 large tomatoes until smooth and pour the puree onto the pan. Let it cook for 2 minutes and add ½ teaspoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon coriander powder, ½ tablespoon cumin powder, 1 tablespoon red chilli powder and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix the masalas together and add in the fried chicken. Pour 2 cups of water and let the chicken cook on high flame with a lid on for 15-20 minutes. Check for seasoning and cook the chicken a little while long if you feel it is undercooked. Turn off the stove and garnish with cilantro and kasuri methi (I didn’t use methi here as I had already used some for my Dosakai pappu). The curry will reduce to a chunky and thick gravy which will be a perfect side for your rotis and pulao! Enjoy!
Punjabi chicken curry
Punjabi chicken curry with Dosakaya dal fry

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