Shahi Chicken


Shahi chicken or shahi murg is a rich, creamy chicken curry. ‘Shahi’ means royal, and this royal aromatic curry is loaded with flavours. Shahi chicken is quite different when compared to a regular chicken curry because of its distinctive nutty flavour from almonds and cashew.

To make this dish, I marinate the chicken with yogurt and spice. I then make a onion-tomato gravy to which I add almond-cashew-poppy seeds paste. Marinated chicken simmered in this nutty gravy is a sure winner.

Do try this dish, it could be one of the best chicken curries you’ve made!

 

 

Ingredients:

Chicken – 500 grams (I used a mix of leg piece and boneless thigh pieces)

For marinating the chicken:

Yogurt – 1 cup
Turmeric – 1 tsp
Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Shahi Garam masala – 1 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp

For the curry:

Almonds – 8-10, blanched
Cashew – 8-10
Poppy seeds – 2 tbsp
Ghee – 4 tbsp
Onion – 2 large, thinly sliced
Tomato – 1 large, finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tsp or as per taste
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Shahi Garam masala – 1 tsp
Dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Sugar – ½ tsp
Almond flakes and raisins for garnish (optional)

Method:

  1. Wash and clean the chicken. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for marination. Add chicken and mix well
  2. Marinate the chicken for 3-4 hours in refrigerator
  3. Soak poppy seeds, blanched almond and cashew in some water for 30 minutes. Drain excess water and grind into a smooth paste. Set aside
  4. Heat ghee in a fry pan or kadhai. Add onion and saute until they are golden brown
  5. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for 2-3 minutes
  6. Add tomato, cumin & coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric, salt, and sugar. Saute until the tomatoes are cooked and oil separates
  7. Add the ground paste and mix well. Saute for another 2-3 minutes
  8. Add the marinated chicken and mix well. Add 1/2 cup warm water and bring to boil
  9. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked
  10. Add shahi garam masala and mix well. Keep covered for 5 minutes
  11. Garnish with almond flakes and raisins
  12. Serve hot

 

Marinate chicken with yogurt and spices

Marinate chicken with yogurt and spices

 

Prepare the base gravy using onion, tomato and spices

Prepare the base gravy using onion, tomato and spices

 

Add almond, cashew and poppy seeds paste

Add almond, cashew and poppy seeds paste

 

Combine well and saute for a few minutes

Combine well and saute for a few minutes

 

Add the marinated chicken

Add the marinated chicken

 

Add warm water and mix well

Add warm water and mix well

 

Simmer until chicken is completely cooked

Simmer until chicken is completely cooked

 


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