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Dec 29, 2013

Kadai Chicken | Kadai Chicken Curry | Chicken Karahi Recipe

Kadai Chicken is one of the popular Non-Vegetarian menu in Indian Restaurants. This Kadai Chicken & Butter Chicken are our constant Non Veg menu order along with Tandoori Roti or Naan. I wanted to recreate this popular restaurant dish at home for long time. Finally it happened a month ago. Because of Christmas Recipes this and few other recipes were still lying in my draft. This is a curry like side dish in which chicken is cooked in a spicy tomato gravy with capsicum. The capsicum gives unique flavor to this chicken curry. I took the kadai Masala powder recipe from Youtube, Vachef's video and tried similar to my Kadai Paneer recipe. This is a very simple and easy to make chicken curry which is so flavorful and delicious. I am happy with the outcome and we all loved it. You can serve this kadai chicken with Rotis / Paratha / Poori / Naan / Pulao.

Kadai Chicken Recipe
Prep Time : 10 minutes |  Cook Time : 20-25 minutes
Serves : 4
  1. Chicken   1 lb / 450 gm
  2. Capsicum    1 medium sized (diced)
  3. Onion    1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  4. Tomato    1 large (finely chopped)
  5. Tomato Puree     1/2 - 3/4 cup
  6. Ginger Garlic Paste     1-2 tsp
  7. Chilli Powder     1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp(to marinate)
  8. Turmeric Powder    1/4 tsp
  9. Salt      to taste
  10. Cilantro    few finely chopped
  11. Ginger    1" julienned (to garnish)
  12. Oil     1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp
  13. Cumin seeds     1/4 tsp
For Kadai Masala
  1. Dry Red chilli   5 no.s
  2. Coriander seeds     1 tbsp
  3. Pepper corns    1/2 tsp or less
  4. Fennel seeds    1/4 tsp
  5. Cumin seeds    1/4 tsp
  6. Kasoori Methi/Dry Methi leaves     1/2 tsp
If you like you can also add 2-3 tbsp heavy cream in the last and simmer for 2 minutes and switch off.
Adjust spices to your desired lever, above one is a medium spicy curry.
Adding capsicum is optional but sure gives nice flavor and taste to the curry.
For dry masala skip chopped tomatoes and use puree alone and use 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup water to cook chicken. After adding chicken please turn the heat to medium and cook with lid closed or you can also use pressure pan to cook chicken.

  • Wash chicken pieces, drain and marinate with turmeric powder and chilli powder and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan/kadai, when its heated add fry red chilli, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, pepper corns and roast for a minutes and lastly add dry methi leaves stir and remove from the stove.
  • Allow to cool for a while then grind it to a coarse powder and keep aside.
  • Heat 1/2 tsp oil in same pan, stir fry diced capsicum for 1-2 minutes and keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a wok, add cumin seeds allow to splutter then add finely chopped onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add ginger garlic paste, sprinkle little salt and saute until raw smell leaves.
  • And then add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree and cook till oil leaves and moisture dries.
  • After that add 1/2 of the ground kadai masala and stir fry for a minute.
  • Then add chicken pieces, remaining 1/2 of ground kadai masala, turmeric powder and stir for 3-4 minutes and add 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup water, enough salt and cook for 15-20 minutes with lid closed or until chicken gets cooked well.
  • After that open the lid, turn heat to medium high and cook for another 1-2 minutes and add stir fried capsicum and mix well.
  • Let it simmer for another 1 minute  and switch off the stove.
  • That's it...Delicious Kadai Chicken ready. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro and ginger julienne.


  1. nice clicks :)

  2. the kadai chicken looks really delicious... so good...

  3. Super tempting dish, wish I was ur neighbor :) Would have emptied the bowl without leaving anything behind :P Nice clicks and well explained akka :)

  4. Perfect and yummy kadai chicken.

  5. i always like the combination of chicken and capsicum :) nice clicks dear..

  6. Looks super delicious akka... Perfect combo

  7. Looks super tempting, my mouth started watering. Great clicks

  8. looks so tempting sangee..though I dont eat:)

  9. Kadai chicken looks so tempting and delicious!!

  10. I made this delicious curry today. It was amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous recipe.

  11. Just add little cashew paste to this in the end. It will make it better. Tried it and loved it. Thx for the recipe

  12. Sangeetha, this post is copied from your blog, verbatim to another link here Do check it out

    1. Yeah.,I came to know about this from Sona, left a comment. lets see..if not will lodge a complaint.

  13. I tried this recipe and it's truly yumm!! I add some red chilli powder to make it slightly more spicy and marinade my chicken with some turmeric, chilli, coriander powder, cumin powder and a tablespoon of yoghurt. This made the meat really tender and flavourful.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe ��

  14. Chicken kadai is one of my favorite dishes. This is the first time I have tried to cook it and I am so happy with the outcome!!! Great directions.


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