Hyderabadi Chicken Masala

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Life is back to routine today. Schools have opened after three weeks of winter vacation, yet winter is not here as such! Hehe… Even when we were in school, winter would actually come only after school reopens, so I am hoping for the best. πŸ˜‰ Though the climate is amazing, it is still 17 – 19 degrees in the mornings with a light breeze, not enough to be wrapping a shawl around or wearing a sweater! Today was a struggle after three weeks of having lazy mornings, that the girls almost missed their bus! Alhamdulillah, I have two who have no qualms of waking up in the morning, therefore makes my struggle much lesser. Hope to get back into it very soon…


As I am typing the intro for this recipe, I was wondering from where did I refer for this recipe. I suppose it was from a cut-out from the Malayalam magazine, Vanitha. At times, I cook something from my cut-outs and when it tastes good, I get so excited that I forget from where I referred to the recipe. Hehe… Nonetheless, this is a rich chicken gravy with a lovely ground masala that adds a nice zing to it. If you go to see, this okra curry also had a similar paste, but without the spices. So if you are in a mood to try something different, then have a go at this. The list may look long, but the process is fairly easy and a delicious side for your dinner or lunch!


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Hyderabadi Chicken Masala

Course Chicken
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • For marination:
  • 1 kg chicken cleaned and cut into meduim peices
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp oil
  • For grinding:
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 small pc star anise
  • For masala:
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 large tomato pureed
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup thin coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp chopped coriander leaves


  • Combine the chicken with all the marination ingredients and coat well. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  • Grind all ingredients under "for grinding" into a coarse paste.
  • In a saucepan, heat ghee. Saute the onions till golden brown.
  • Add in the ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute.
  • Add in the ground paste along with coriander and chilli powders and saute for another five minutes.
  • Now add in the chicken, garam masala, tomato puree, sugar and salt and cook on closed lid till the chicken gets cooked. Stir occasionally to ensure that the masala doesn't stick to the bottom.
  • When the chicken is almost done, add in the coconut milk and cook for a further five minutes.
  • Adjust salt, switch off. Sprinkle the coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with chapathis or rice.




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  1. then I guess schools should plan holidays based on the Weather forcast.. πŸ˜› HYD chicken masala, anything of HYD, I love. πŸ™‚ But long whole spice list or any dry roasting and grinding usually puts me off.. I used to get all kinds of masala packs during my spinster days … makes life so easy.. but now I have fallen in love with my spice counter! πŸ˜› I can see how finger licking good this is.. slurp…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… πŸ˜› Actually speaking this is easy to put together… I never use packet spices, I just don’t seem to like them. I have a few sitting at home which I got complementary and I just don’t know whether to use it or give it away… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Fami…

  2. This chicken masala looks delicious! It’s always difficult to get back into routine after vacation, same goes with my kids!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Beulah…

  3. yumm looks delicious!! Here school starts late cos there is public holiday coming in the middle .. not looking forward to the rush lol.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nammi… I guess every moms feel the same…

  4. I love the list of masalas that go into this curry. No wonder the curry looks so yum!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak…

  5. That sounds a great chicken dish to try for the daily meals…looks yumm..

    here too the winter has not been that great…I am not complaining though πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

  6. Thats a unique style of chicken curry ..Looks delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sathya…

  7. Oh this dish looks like it is exploding with fragrant flavors, lots going on and sounds delicious. And routines suck! πŸ˜‰

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Evelyn… πŸ™‚

  8. Super chicken curry. Love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  9. i have one coming up ,hehe
    how much can we be alike !!!?:))
    may be Allah switched us in the last moment!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe Hiba… Thank you so much dee…

  10. The curry gravy looks fingerlickingly delicious!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

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