kadai chicken recipe|how to make chicken karahi recipe

kadai chicken recipe-tender and juicy chickens cooked in tomato-onion gravy flavored with Indian Kadai masala is one of the popular chicken recipes in India. In this post, you will learn how to make chicken karahi recipe at home?kadai-chicken-recipe-in-black-serving-bowl Note: if you are in a hurry, feel free to click on the following links to check your desired topic.If you’d like to see our in-depth step by step recipe preparation keep reading!


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What is the chicken karahi recipe?

Kadai chicken as the name suggests marinated chickens cooked with tomato onion gravy and flavored with some Indian Kadai masala generally prepare in Kadai or Indian wok.


What serves best with Kadai chicken recipe?

Kadai chicken or Chicken karahi serves best with Indian nun, paratha, roti even you can serve it with pulao , fried rice, or biryani.


Tips to make the best Kadai chicken recipe


  • Kadai Masala: One of the main ingredients to prepare the best Kadai chicken recipe. Always saute the Kadai masalas in low flame otherwise spices will get burn.


  • Chicken Type: As in authentic Indian Kadai Chicken bone-in chicken generally use so I use here bone-in chicken, if you like bone-less chicken you can use it, but it lacks authenticity.


  • Marination: For tender and juicy kadhai chicken you have to make simple marination which not only helps your dish delicious but also reduces cooking time. 


  • Tomato: As we are using tomato puree in this recipe so make sure they must be ripe red one not green one,    which ultimately sour your gravy.



Recipe of Kadai chicken step by step with photo?


The complete preparation of  Kadai chicken recipe classified into two easy categories,

first one is simple marination for chicken karahi 


the second one is preparing Kadai masala and the last one is cooking Kadai chicken gravy

So, let’s make it.


Marination For Chicken Karahi


1. For the tender and juicy chicken, we first do simple marination for chicken karahi, for this add 500 gm bone-in chicken pieces in a mixing bowl.



2. After that, add ½ tsp salt



3. Next, add ½ tsp black pepper powder.



4. Pour 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice.



5. Also, mix 1 tbsp oil with chicken.



6. Now, mix and set aside marinated chicken in the refrigerator for up to 30 to 45 mi.



Preparing Kadai Masala 


1. Now for preparing Kadai masala to add 2 tsp cumin seed,2 tbsp coriander seed,2 dry red chili,1 tsp whole black pepper,



2. Also, add 4 cloves in a non-stick pan.



3. Now dry roast all of these spices in low flame up to 2 to 3 min until it gives a beautiful aroma.



4. After that cool these spices and pour them in a blender to make aromatic Kadai masala powder.



Cooking Kadai Chicken Gravy


1. Pour 5 to 6 tbsp oil in a kadhai or wok.



2. Now, spread the oil evenly in Kadai in medium flame.



3. After that, add whole spices including 1 medium size bay leaf,3 to 4 green cardamoms, 2-inch cinnamon,3 to 4 cloves, and 2 tsp cumin seed.



4. saute all of these spices in medium to low flame up to 1 min.



5. Now add 3 large chopped onions.



6. saute the onions in medium flame until onions become slightly golden brown.



7. Next mix 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste



8. cook for some time until the raw aroma of ginger-garlic completely goes away.



9. Now add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder,



10. 1/2 tsp cumin powder and 2 tsp coriander powder.



11. Also, add 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder,



12. Also, add a little water and mix properly with this fried onion.



13. Add 4 medium size tomato puree,



14. Additionally, mix 1 tsp salt



15. Now saute all of them together for some minute until the raw aroma of tomato goes away and the mixture becomes thick.



16. Then add 2 tbsp Kadai masala which we already made in previous steps.



17. pour some water and saute all of these spices together for 1 min in medium flame.



18. After that, add marinated chicken in Kadai



19. cook these chickens in spices in medium flame up to 6 to 7 min.



20. Then add 2 tsp garam masala powder, pour a sufficient amount of water to boil the chicken.



21. cover the Kadai with a lid and simmer this chicken gravy at least 15 to 20 min until it completely cooks.



22. This stage, chicken becomes tender and juicy, meat easily separated from the bone. 



23. Now, add 1 medium size onion by separating layers



24. Also, add 1 medium size cubed cut capsicum in this gravy.



25. Mix them in chicken karahi at least 3 min medium flame.



26. Finally sprinkle 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves in this gravy. 



27. Finally, turn off the gas and garnish Kadai chicken with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with chicken biryani, egg biryani.



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Kadai Chicken Recipe|How to make chicken karahi


kadai chicken recipe is one of the popular chicken recipes in most of the Indian restaurants where chickens are cooked in tomato-onion gravy flavored with Indian Kadai masala, onion layer, and capsicum cube.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


Marinating Ingredients For Kadai Chicken

  •  500 gm chicken ( bone-in or bone less)
  •  1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  •  1/2 tsp salt 
  •  1 tbsp oil

Ingredients For Kadai Masala

  •  2 tbsp coriander seed [dania]
  •  2 tsp cumin seed
  •  2 dry red chili
  •  1 tsp whole black pepper 
  •  4 clove

Ingredients For Kadai Chicken Gravy

  •  3 to 4 tbsp oil
  •  3 to 4 cloves
  •  4 green cardamom
  •  1 inch cinnamon
  •  1 medium size bay leaf or tej patta
  •  1/2 tsp cumin seed
  •  3 medium to large onion chopped
  •  1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  •  3 to 4 medium tomatoes puree
  •  salt as need
  •  2 tsp garam masala powder
  •  2 tsp coriander powder
  •  1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  •  1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  •  1/2 tsp cumin powder
  •  300 ml to 400 ml water for gravy 
  •  2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves [optional]
  •  1 medium onion layer separated
  •  1 medium capsicum cubed cut
  •  3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves


how to make kadai chicken recipe?

  1. At first,we do a simple marination for chicken karahi,for this add 500 gm chicken pieces in a mixing bowl.
  2. Then add salt,black pepper powder,a tbsp oil and mix chicken pieces and set aside this mixture for some time for marination.
  3. Now to prepare kadai masala add cumin seed,coriander seed,dry red chili,whole black pepper,clove in a non stick pan.
  4. Next dry roast this spices in low flame 2 to 3 min until it gives a beautiful aroma.
  5. After that cool this spices and pour in blender to make kadai masala powder.
  6. Now to prepare kadai chicken gravy pour oil in a pan and spread it evenly in medium flame.
  7. Then add some whole spices including bay leaf , green cardamom,cinnamon, clove and cumin seed and saute them for a min in medium flame.
  8. Furthermore add chopped onions and saute in medium flame until onions become slightly golden brown.
  9. Next add ginger garlic paste and saute for another min until raw aroma completely goes away.
  10. Now add turmeric powder,kashmiri red chili powder,cumin powder and coriander powder.
  11. Also add a little water and mix properly with this fried onion.
  12. Add tomato puree,salt and saute for some minute until raw aroma of tomato goes away.
  13. Then add kadai masala and more water to mix this spices.
  14. Next add marinated chicken and cook them in medium flame upto 6 to 7 min.
  15. Now pour some water cover this pan with lid and simmer this chicken gravy until it completely cook.
  16. When chicken becomes tender and juicy add onion layers and cubed cut capsicum in this gravy.
  17. Mix them in chicken karahi at least 3 min medium flame.
  18. Remember we need crunchy capsicum,onions in kadai chicken gravy,so don't over cook them.
  19. If you want to use cream add it now and mix in low flame for 2 min in this gravy.
  20. Finally,turn off the gas and garnish kadai chicken with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with chicken biryani,egg biryani.


Kadai Chicken Recipe Note

  1. Add the onion layer and cubed capsicum at the last stage and keep them as a crunchy.
  2. If you want to add cream you can add after mixing onion and capsicum.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per ServingCalories 344Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 11mgSodium 277mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 3g

Disclaimer: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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