Saturday, March 6, 2010

Hyderabadi Chicken Curry

Hyderabadi cuisine is highly influenced by the Mughal cuisine and is known for its richness and spiciness. It also has a unique flavor of its own created by all the different spices that goes into it. This is a Hyderabadi influenced chicken curry based on a recipe I saw in "Magic Oven" cookery show in Kairali TV. This is not the exact recipe from the show and is a variation. This is one recipe which can never go wrong, especially due to all the rich ingredients that goes into its making.

Cashew Nuts- 15 no:s
Oil- 2 tbsp
Cinnamon- 1" piece 
Cloves- 3
Cardamom- 2
Bay Leaf- 1
Onion- 1 small (finely chopped)
Ginger Garlic Paste- 2 tsp
Green Chilly- 1 (chopped)
Tomato- 1 small (chopped)
Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
Kashmiri Chilly Powder- 2 tsp
Chicken- 1/2 lb
Cumin Powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder- 1/2 tsp
Water- 3/4 cup
Cream- 1/4 cup
Salt- to taste
Coriander Leaves- to garnish

1. Soak the cashews in water for 30 minutes.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add Cardamom, Cinnamon, Bay leaves and Cloves.
3. Wait until the smell of the spices start coming.
4. Add the Onions and saute until transparent.
5. Add Ginger Garlic paste and saute till the raw smell is gone.
6. Add Green Chilly and tomatoes and saute for a minute.
7. Add Turmeric and Chilly Powder and saute another minute.
8. Add the chicken pieces and mix well.
9. Add the cumin, garam masala and salt and mix well.
10. Close the pan and let the chicken cook. No water is needed as there will be water coming out of the chicken.
11. Grind the soaked cashews with 1/4 cup of water to a smooth paste.
12. Once the chicken is almost done, add the cashew paste and remaining water and mix well. Let it cook for a couple of minutes.
13. When the chicken is completely cooked, add the cream and cook for 2 minutes and turn off the stove.
14. Garnish with coriander leaves.

This rich and creamy chicken curry would be a perfect accompaniment with Chappathi, Roti, Naan or Jeera Rice.

Now I want to share my excitement with my blogger friends! 

 I am going on a vacation to India tomorrow for 4 weeks. So you may not see much happening here during this time. Take Care & will see you all in April!


  1. Wow, that looks good! I love Heydrabadi cuisine & would love to try this some time.

  2. Lovely curry...looks so creamy.
    Thanks for dropping at my blog and for your lovely have a lovely space here.

  3. YUmmmyyyyy chicken curry, looks rich, fantastic and mouthwatering dish..

    Have a safe trip!

  4. wowww..looks spicy...i never h'd hyderabadi chicken curry....will try it soon ...nice colorful curry fathima..

  5. wow gud one dear....hoooo i had snd u and award..if u can plz recive it and go for vaccation...any way gve a beautiful holiday..

  6. chicken curry looks super yummy and to have it with hot rice

  7. This dish looks creamy and delightful! Hope you have a wonderful trip! See you in April dear~

  8. Hey lovely rich & creamy curry..... I am always ready for chicken.... & Have a safe & happy trip...... C ya soon......


  9. Tempting curry Dear..Lov Cashew chicken combo...nice recipe,thanx for sharing...

  10. Dear Fatima
    Very nice dish indeed. You have used little garam masala , what is the brand or you have some secrete :-).
    Have a nice holiday and enjoy

  11. Chicken curry looks so rich and creamy dear...very inviting :)

  12. Woww....i would definitely try this one out after easter :)

  13. Iyoooo kurachingottu koodi eduthotto...Yumm yumm....

  14. oru nalla hyderabadi chicken curry njaan thappi nadakkukayayirunnu.Thanks for sharing!

  15. Chicken Curry looks great. Anything of the muglai cuisine is a winner.
    I like the blog template so much that I might change mine to something similar to yours.:)
    Have a great trip dear.Stay out of the sun!

  16. Have a wonderful vacation deary!!!!!! adichu polikku...
    Chicken curry looks so creamy and yummy!!!

  17. Looks very rich and creamy..adipoli aayittundu keetto, anything Hyderabadi...

  18. I love creamy chicken curry. Have fun on your vacation!

  19. Hyderabadi chicken curry looks spicy, creamy and rich...wonderful dish

  20. Am hungry now..Such a delicious chicken curry..very tempting pics...just wanna grab that bowl!

  21. Ethu kannubo thanney vayyil koodi boatodunnu chechi..........

  22. My mouth is watering for this. It looks scinctillatingly good!

  23. wow kothipichittu vandi vittoo..creamy rich curry..Njoy ur vaccation with many salkkarams..and wonderful lunch & dinners..

  24. Gosh, how did I missed this lovely curry! I'm so drooling over right now! ;)

  25. yummy curry...have a nice time!!! njoy...

  26. First time here.. Awesome blog.. :)

  27. Very rich and creamy gravy... Thoda pulav bhi saath mein ho jaye... And have a wonderful vacation....Enjoiii the summer..
    we would like to pass on the Sunshine award, please stop by to collect it.

  28. Chicken kuruma looks really rich n creamy,,, chicken biryani with this kuruma hmmm taste yummyy,,,

  29. First time here.. Awesome blog.. :)Looks rich and creamy..

  30. rich and creamy gravy! you have a wonderful collection of recipes !

  31. Lovely curry. Wow - the sauce looks so rich and spicy. Now I want one.

  32. Wow! Nice curry rich and yummy.Wonderful blog tooo. Happy to follow uu.. Do visit my blog when u have time .

  33. gravy looks awesome, dear....have a wonderful vacation, dear

  34. Chicken Curry looks so rich adn yum!

  35. you have a really nice collection of recipes here. i love hyderabadi chicken curry- learnt it from a friend back in Kenya.


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