Chicken Masala Curry Recipe | Chicken Masala Gravy | Murgh Masala

What’s Cooking India? It’s chicken masala curry recipe. It is one of the most cooked and easy chicken curry recipe for all. You can also call it a murgh masala recipe.

It goes very well with Roti, Porotta, Naan, or Rice. In India, there are many different ways to cook this chicken masala gravy recipe.

Taste enhancers like cashews, poppy seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, etc are used in different regions.

Chicken masala recipe can be kept dry, semi-dry, or in a gravy form. Each one tastes good. 

A good tip to follow while making this murgh masala is, cook the whole recipe in low flame. It helps keep the chicken pieces juicy and flavourful.

Also, adding coconut milk or hot water in the recipe helps to enhance the flavor. To make a gravy, you can add grated coconut paste and cashew nuts paste.

Chicken Masala Gravy Ingredients


Ingredients Measurements (1 Cup = 250 ML)
Red Chili Powder ½ Tsp
Turmeric Powder 1 ½ Tsp
Garam Masala 1 ½ Tsp
Small Chunks of Chicken ½ Kg
Ginger Garlic Paste ¾ Tsp
Curd 2 Tbsp
Refined Oil 2 Tbsp
Cardamom (Elaichi) 2
Bay Leaf (Tej Patta) 1
Cinnamon (Dalchini) 1 Stick
Onions (Chopped) 1 Cup
Cloves (Laung) 2 to 3
Chopped Green Chilies 1 to 3
Red Chili Powder ½ Tsp
Salt According to your need
Tomato Puree ½ Cup
Chicken Masala ½ Tsp
Curry leaves 3 Tbsp
Coriander Leaves 3 Tbsp

Steps to make Chicken Masala Curry

How to marinate the Chicken for Chicken Masala Curry?

Step 1: Take a large bowl. And add the chicken pieces.

Step 2: Nicely wash and clean those chicken pieces.

Step 3: Now, drain the excess water. There shouldn’t be any water left.

Step 4: Add ¾ Tsp Ginger Garlic paste, 1 ½ Tsp turmeric powder, Salt, Garam Masala, Red Chili powder, and chicken masala.

Step 5: Mix them well and keep aside for at least an hour.

How to make Chicken Masala?

Step 1: Take a deep kadhai.

Step 2: Switch on the flame and add 1 ½ Tbsp oil in it.

Step 3: Add Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, and Bay Leaf and saute it for a minute or two.

Step 4: Now add chopped Green Chilies, chopped Onions, ginger-garlic paste and saute it until the onions turn translucent.

Step 5: Now, add salt, red chili powder, garam masala, and tomato puree and stir it well.

Step 6: Keep stirring until the mixture starts leaving oil.

Step 7: Lastly, keep the flame on medium and add the marinated chicken pieces and saute it for 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 8: Bring the flame on low, cover the Kadhai with a lid and let Chicken Masala curry simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 9: Open the lid and check if the chicken is cooked properly. If it is still hard, then let it simmer for some more time.

Step 10: Add little water to make a gravy and simmer again for 4 minutes.

Your chicken Masala is ready. Serve it with parotta or Jeera fried rice.

Tips To Follow

  1. If you want, you can also keep Chicken masala gravy dry. Just don’t add water at all.
  2. In the last step, you can add more water to increase its quantity. Just make sure that you don’t add too much.
  3. To make a gravy, instead of water, you can also add coconut milk or just add grated coconut along with water.
  4. If you love super spicy food, then you can add black pepper powder too.
  5. Lastly, while adding tomato puree, you can add some more garam masala and chili powder.

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