Afghani Chicken | Creamy Chicken Curry

A thick chicken curry, Afghani style…




I never intend to take long breaks with blogging but really, I don’t know how fast time is flying. Somehow before I knew, the first part of June is already over, and we are almost to at the middle of the month, and before we know, half of 2023 would be over. I am not going over there… At the moment, I am typing this blog post watching “Julia & Julie” in the background. The movie reminded me about my initial years of blogging, where I used to cook one new recipe every other day, get excited about how it turns out and then proceed to blog about it. It explains why I had a blog post almost every single day in the first few years of blogging, before it slowly started getting a little overwhelming and I had to slow down purposely. Now I don’t have to even do it, it just seems to happen… πŸ˜€ If not for the Blogging Marathon, I wouldn’t have even posted anything. πŸ˜‰ This week, I am doing the theme of “Gravies for Flatbreads” in this week’s #147.


I have had this recipe on my drafts for a very long time. It kept moving from month to month since I made it the first time in February and repeated it again a couple of times. Maybe now is the time. πŸ˜€ I was seeing a lot of “Afghani Chicken Curry” on Instagram, that sounded absolutely easy to make and you know that I am not someone who won’t try anything that doesn’t need much of hardwork. πŸ˜‰ I don’t know how authentically Afghani this is, but the gravy is very mild with a hint of spice. What I love about it is the ease to make, very similar to the Shinwari Karahi. The base can be made using one or a combination of your choice – cream, cashew paste and/or yogurt. I used a mix of cream and yogurt, since I feel that makes the dish feel less guilty. Hehe… Even though there are so many recipes on the internet with a little variation here and there, I decided to stick close to this one and cook my dish. All I can say is that with chapathi or with very hot roti, this chicken is really delicious… Off to the recipe…




5 from 4 votes

Afghani Chicken | Creamy Chicken Curry

An easy chicken curry made in Afghani style...
Course Main Course
Cuisine Afghani
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda AR


  • 500 gm chicken with bones, cut into meduim pieces
  • 2 tbsp oil/ butter/ ghee
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi


  • 1 onion
  • 4-6 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger peeled
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves loosely packed
  • 125 ml cream one packet
  • 3/4 cup thick yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • Juice of half a lime


  • Combine all the ingredients under "for grinding" and grind into a smooth paste.
  • Add into the chicken and combine. Marinate for atleast a couple of hours or as much as possible.
  • In a saucepan, heat oil or ghee, fry the bay leaves.
  • Take out the chicken from the marinade and add into the pan. Shallow fry both sides till a little char, not necessarily cooked.
  • Add around half to three fourth cup of water into the marinade and add into the chicken. Coat well.
  • Cook on low flame, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking to the pan, till the sauce is cooked. (refer notes)
  • Sprinkle the kasuri methi, give a good mix. Serve hot with bread of choice.


I kept my curry thick and without much of the sauce. If you want a little gravy, add a little more water almost at the end or some milk for extra richness.Β 


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  1. Srividhya Gopalakrishnan says:

    5 stars
    I can very well resonate with your first paragraph. If not for BM, I don’t think I will be posting these days. The marinade ingredients are so good and I am sure I can try with tempeh or tofu.

  2. 5 stars
    This sounds great in flavors! This is a great choice to serve for chicken lovers.

  3. 5 stars
    Trending on Insta! Well sometimes these recipes are a hit but sometimes a big failure!
    This Aghani dish must be a treat since it is a hit 😊

  4. 5 stars
    Tell me about the initial days of blogging, i m searching for that energy now, god knows where it is hidden. I bet this afghani chicken pairs amazingly well with roti’s.

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