Jan 28, 2013

Murghanu Shaak / Gujarati Chicken Curry

I love cooking different state food and experiment their cuisine. One of my favorite cuisine to cook is gujarati cooking, i love cooking a lot of their foods. Ever since i received this cookbook, i was hooked to it. 

I started cooking a lot from this book and all the dishes turned out amazingly.This recipe is from this book, and it calls for gujarati fresh masala which i posted in my previous post. You can check it here..

This chicken curry turned out so flavourful and yummy. It was perfect to dunk a piece of bread or have it with rice.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 30 - 40 mins
Serves - 5 to 6
Source : Gujarati kitchen


Chicken - 1 kg
Onions - 2 large sliced thinly
Tomatoes - 3 large chopped finely
Potatoes - 2 large peeled and cubed
Gujarati Fresh Masala - 4 tblspn (Click here for recipe)
Salt to taste
Oil - 1/4 cup

Whole Spices:
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 stick
Bay Leaf / Brinji Ilai- 2
Cardamom / Yelakai - 6 crushed
Cloves / Krambu - 5
Star Anise - 1

Spice powders:
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Coriander powder / Thania - 1 tblspn
Garam Masala powder - 2 tblspn
Cumin Powder - 2 tsp


Heat oil in a pressure cooker, Add in the whole spices and saute for a min.

Now add in the onions and cook for 3 to 4 mins untill they turn golden.

Add in the fresh masala, salt, spice powders and give a stir for a min.

Add in tomatoes and saute for a couple of mins.

Add in chicken and toss well with the masala.

Add in potatoes and mix well.

Pour a cup of water.

Cover the pressure cooker and let it cook for 3 whistle. Lower the flame and let it cook for 10 more mins.Switch off the flame and let the steam escape all by itself.

Open the pressure cooker. Squeeze in some lemon juice and add lots of coriander leaves.

Serve with some roti, rice or puri.


Take all your ingredients
Powdered spices & Whole spices
Gujarati Fresh Masala (Click here for recipe)
Cube your potatoes
Heat oil in a pressure cooker
add in whole spices
Add in sliced onions
Saute till golden
add in the fresh masala
along with some spice powders
sprinkle in some salt
Cook the masala
add in the chopped tomatoes
give a good mix
now add the cleaned chicken
mix them well
add the cubed potatoes
pour some water
and mix well with the masala
pressure cook
till done
squeeze some lemon juice
add in lots of coriander leaves
mix well


  1. Wow such a tempting curry...bookmarked...

  2. Great pictures and a delicious curry :))
    Mary x

  3. Delicious and yummy curry. Stunning pics.

  4. looks very inviting and tasty..do drop by my space when u have time:)

  5. looks very inviting and tasty..do drop by my space when u have time:)

  6. Hi da Aarthi,

    I m gonna try in this weekend.

    Hope it will come well.

  7. I kno nothing abt gujarati cuisine except mathia nd dhokla

  8. Very flavourful and inviting chicken curry,thanks for sharing.

  9. hi please visit my blog for simple n easy recipes..

  10. I tried this to road-test my first ever pressure cooker. Was lovely but I guess the green chilies I used were a little bit too strong - or my cup a little too big - phew, very hot! I enjoyed it but thought I would choke - with laughter at my other half dripping with sweat and with bright red ears! Will adjust so they turn just a light pink next time.

    Love your blog very much - best wishes from London.


  11. hmm ,,yummy,,i lik this kind of simple chicken thn punjabi styled,,full of cream butter..which suppress chicken taste,,,i m frm gujarat,,and alway try to hv dis kind of chicken ...thnks fr posting,,

  12. I very rarely make curries from online recipes but I did try this and the results were amazing. Great recipe, wouldn't change a thing.

  13. Aarthi,
    I have been using this recipe for last 2 years. I like cooking for my friends after our traditional volleyball Sunday! This is by far the easiest, quickest and best tasting chicken shaak we have ever tasted and we are Gujaraties! Thank you for sharing.


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