Chicken Karahi Recipe

Chicken Karahi Recipe

Learn how to make chicken karahi, a gorgeous type of chicken curry.The ‘karahi’ in chicken karahi refers to the type of utensil used to cook the chicken. It is a large open bowl with handles, similar to a wok.

Serves 4-6 | Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients Required

  • 1 kg Whole Chicken (skin off, cut in pieces)
  • 2 Medium Onions
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Passata
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil (or similar)
  • 1/2 Cup Yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic & Ginger Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander (Dhaniya)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Turmeric (Haldi)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Coriander


  1. Thinly slice the onions.
  2. Add oil to a ‘karahi’ (or wok) on a high heat, and add in the onions. Brown the onions well, stirring at regularly intervals.
  3. Add in the spices, salt, garlic & ginger paste, passata and tomatoes and stir into the onions.
  4. Cook the tomato and onion base until you see the onion bubbling through the tomato. Add a little water or turn down to a medium heat to avoid the mixture sticking to the pan.
  5. Stir in the chicken, and cook for a few minutes (until the chicken changes colour)
  6. Place a large lid over the karahi/wok, and cook the chicken on a low/medium heat for approximately 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid, and stir the chicken. You will notice that there is more sauce due to the chicken releasing water as it cooks. Place the lid back on the pan and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the lid, and it is entirely up to you how dry/thick you would like the sauce to be. I prefer a thicker chicken karahi (which is achieved by cooking the chicken on a medium heat for a further 10 minutes with no lid).
  9. Garnish with coriander.

Serve and enjoy 😀

One thought on “Chicken Karahi Recipe

  1. I have never cooked anything desi in my life and this was the first time I decided to try. I tried only because you made it seem so simple! Let me tell you, it was yummy! My family was so proud of me and I was as well. I ended up putting marinara sauce instead of passata and a little but more salt. I also decided to add a little bit more of the chili. You forgot to tell us when to add the yogurt but I ended up asking my mother and she told me after step 7.
    JAK may Allah continue to bless you.
    PS. please add the instructions for all the recipes soon. I would love to try them all. 😁

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