Special Masala Chicken

Ingredients for Special Masala Chicken:

  • Chicken, medium sized pieces with bones- 500 gms
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp

Make a paste of:

  • Roasted Almonds- 8
  • Green cardamom- 3
  • Cloves- 3
  • Cinnamon- 2 small
  • Khuskhus (Poppy seeds)- 1/2 tbsp
  • Dry red chillies- 4
  • Ginger chopped- 1” piece
  • Garlic cloves- 6-7
  • Sliced onions, fried golden and crushed in a blender- 2 medium onions
  • Tomatoes sliced- 2 small (100 gms)
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Refined oil- 4 tbsp


  1. Clean, wash & keep the chicken pieces in a colander for the water to drain.
  2. Roast the items indicated in a pan on low heat for 3 mins, remove and set aside to cool.
  3. Grind/blend it into a paste after adding ginger and garlic too.
  4. Fry the sliced onions, set aside to cool and crush in a grinder/blender.
  5. Slice the tomatoes and keep aside.


  1. Heat 4 tbsp oil in a pan or kadai.
  2. Add the chicken pieces, give a stir and fry on high heat for 3 mins till the  chicken pieces change colour. The chicken pieces will release water so allow that to dry up too.
  3. Now add 1 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and continue to fry on high heat for another 3 mins.
  4. Add the blended paste, mix & fry on medium heat for 5 mins.
  5. Next add the coriander powder, mix & continue to bhunno on medium heat for 2-3 mins till  masala coats the chicken pieces & oil separates.
  6. Add the sliced tomatoes, mix well & fry on medium heat for 2 minutes & then cook covered on low heat for 5 mins till tomatoes are soft. Open the cover & stir once in between.
  7. Add the crushed/powdered fried onions, mix and bhunno/simmer for another 2 mins on medium to low heat till oil separates.
  8. Add 250 ml water & 1/2 tsp garam masala powder, mix and cook covered on low heat for 15 mins till chicken is tender.

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