Aug 11, 2014

Chicken Masala Recipe / Chicken Masala Curry Recipe

We buy chicken atleast once or twice in a week. Each time i make it different ways. Most of the time it will be a curry, a roast kind of dish and a fried chicken dish..Sometimes i make it thick and masala like, so it goes well with chapati or paratha

I make masala chicken dish two ways one with coconut and other without coconut. This recipe is using coconut and i will share the other version soon.

So off you go to the recipe and let me know how it turned out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 45 to 50 mins
Serves : 4


Chicken - 500 grams
Onion - 2 large sliced thinly
Tomatoes - 2 large sliced thinly
Green Chillies - 2 slit
Curry leaves a handful
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn
Coriander powder - 2 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder / Jeera Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tblspn
Coriander leaves - 3 tblspn finely chopped

For Grinding:
Fresh Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
Poppy Seeds / Khus Khus / Kasa Kasa - 2 tblspn
Cinnamon Stick / Pattai - 4 cm piece
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu - 1 tblspn


Take the grinding ingredients in a blender and make it into a smooth puree. Set aside till use.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add in onions, chillies and curry leaves. Saute till the onions turn golden.

Add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Add in salt and all the spice powders. Mix well for 30 sec.

Add in finely chopped tomatoes and saute for 5 to 7 mins till the tomatoes turn mushy.

Add in the chicken pieces and toss well with the masala.

Now cover the pressure cooker, cook for 3 whistle. Simmer the pan for 5 mins. Turn off the heat and let them steam go all by itself.

Open the cooker and transfer this curry to a pot.

Add in coconut masala and mix well. Cover this and Boil this for 10 mins or so till the curry thickens like a masala.

Add in coriander leaves and mix well.

Serve over rice.

Take all your ingredients

Ingredients for grinding

Take them in a blender

Make it into a smooth puree

Heat oil in a pressure cooker

Add in onions, curry leaves and green chillies

Saute till it gets golden

Add in ginger garlic paste

Spice powders

Mix well

Add in chopped tomatoes

saute well

Cook till the tomatoes turn mushy

Add in chicken 

Mix well with the masala

Cover and pressure cook

Chicken is done

Now transfer this to a kadai.

Add in the ground coconut masala

Mix well 

Bring this to a boil

cover and simmer

Now the masala is thick

add coriander leaves

mix well



  1. Oh my goodness, that looks just perfect!

    Blessings, Catherine.

  2. Any replacement for poppy seeds?

  3. @AnonymousYou can use cashews instead of poppyseeds

  4. Aarthi can't thank you enough for all your wonderful recipes. Your baby food recipes are awesome too . Waiting for more recipes. Maha looks so cute. Can you plz tell me what capacity pressure cooker do you use generally in these recipes as well as the baby food ones .. 3l or more? The one shown in the above recipe looks nice and handy.

  5. Can we use the dabur coconut milk instead of fresh coconut ? Will the taste vary alot fron the original?

  6. Hi aarthi, I don't have poppy seeds, can I replace with cashew nuts?

  7. Looking very delicious preparation .

  8. I made this today and it tastes amazing! Do uou mind if I share it on the blog I have in Polish? thanks

  9. I have noticed that the oil content in all your recipes are quite high. Are you not concerned with the ill effects of using too much oil in cooking? Could you please post healthy recipies with low fat content?

  10. Hi I was seeing ur recipes. 1St trying diz 1 it came out very well thanx

  11. @Shilpa, regarding the oil, this recipe calls for 2 tbsps. Not a lot for traditional Indian food! Plus you can always adjust to your liking. You sound like you are admonishing Aarthi! This is her blog Shilpa. Be nice! @ Aarthi, thank you for this awesome recipe. Have a question. Is there a specific need to transfer from the cooker to a pot to put the coconut masala? Can you just continue in the cooker? Thank you so much.

  12. Do we have to add water in the pressure cooker? and if so how much?

    1. no need to add, it will cook in its own liquid.

  13. I ve to try this recipe....

    Will be anxiously waiting for the next recipe__(without coconut)

  14. Looks great.can you tell howomuch of the fresh coconut in ml

  15. Hi Aarti, i tried ur was very delicious

  16. Step by step with photos, best way to show how its done. Thank you.


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