Achari Murgh
A delicious chicken curry with pickling spices.
Servings Prep Time
4people 10mins
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4people 10mins
Cook Time
  • 650gms chicken thighsskinless, boneless, cut into bite sizes
  • 2tbsp vegetable oil or mustard oil
  • 1tsp fennel seeds
  • 1tsp mustard seeds
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1tsp Nigella seeds or onion seeds
  • 4-5 dried whole red chillies
  • 1/2inch Gingerpeeled and grated
  • 6-7pods garlicpeeled and grated
  • 2medium red onionsfinely sliced
  • 1tbsp tomato pureeUse 2 tomatoes blender if you don’t have puree
  • 2tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2tsp coriander powder
  • 100gm yogurtlightly beaten to smooth
  • 100ml water
  • 1/2tbsp Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • coriander leavescleaned, washed and finely chopped
Recipe Notes
  1. In a large pan, heat the oil. Once hot, add in the fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and nigella seeds. Roast until aromatic and they start to sizzle a little. Now add in the dried red chillies and stir continuously so they don’t burn.
  2. Next go in the sliced onions, add a pinch of salt. Sauté until translucent. Now add in the grated ginger and garlic, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the tomato puree, turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder. Mix everything well, put the lid on and cook for 5-7 mins or until the oil starts separating.
  4. Now add in the chicken pieces, mix to cover the chicken pieces in the pickling curry. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 5-7 mins.
  5. Add in the water now, season well and stir. Cook for 5 mins or so.
  6. Now slowly add in the lightly beaten yogurt to the curry, while stirring continuously so that the yogurt doesn’t split. Add in the lemon juice and season with salt after you’ve tasted the curry.
  7. Put the lid back on and simmer for another 7-10 mins, until the chicken is cooked through. 
  8. Take off heat, garnish with finely chopped coriander. Serve Achari Chicken alongside warm rotis and some cucumber raita