Lahori Chargha ~ Lahori Style Chicken Roast



I never hinted on the blog that HD has a small restaurant that serves Pakistani food. It is close to our house. But no, I don’t get food from there all the time. He does tell me to order if I feel lazy but I try my maximum to keep it to bare minimum as possible. Also, I am not really keen in being known to his staff. Also clarifying, I have absolutely no involvement whatsoever in that business of his. πŸ˜€ The first time I had Lahori Chargha was when he bought a whole fried chicken as a tester when he hired a new cook. The man was quite old but he was really impressed with his cooking. The chicken he bought was amazing. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with generous sprinkle of chaat masala over it, it was amazing to dip it into the cumin raita that came along with it. Unfortunately, that man couldn’t be hired since his visa got rejected due to medical issues. But the taste of his Chargha lingered in my mouth.


Chargha just means “chicken”. The chicken is marinated is some spices plus chaat masala as long as you can. Traditionally, it is steamed till almost done and then deep fried, so the appearance would be different that what you see in the picture. It would have a dark brown crisp top and a soft chewy inside. I choose to directly make it in my air fryer so it has a more grilled appearance. Just like all other full roasts, this one doesn’t take time to disappear off the table. I have a family who loves their whole chicken roast. Somehow, HD and the kids love to fight it out for the good parts of the chicken! πŸ˜‰ Before moving off to the recipe, the other whole chicken roasts already on the blog that you could try out…

Kerala Style Baked Chicken – though the pictures are cut chicken, I do this often for whole chicken too!

Tandoori Whole Chicken

Pepper Whole Chicken Roast

Kozhi Nirachathu ~ Malabar Style Whole Chicken




5 from 3 votes

Lahori Chargha ~ Lahori Style Chicken Roast

Course Chicken
Cuisine Pakistani
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp chaat masala powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Remove the skin of the chicken and wash well. Pat dry. Draw stashes over the chicken's thick parts.
  • Whisk together ingredients from yogurt to chaat masala powder in a bowl.
  • Put the chicken in and coat well. Cover with a cling film and marinate for as long as possible, preferably overnight.
  • Steam the chicken in a steamer for 15 minutes before deep frying it, which is the traditional way. I used my air fryer at 200 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Serve hot with a generous sprinkling of chaat masala.

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  1. Delicious chicken,sure it would disappear from my table too hehe…lovely clicks!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruxana…

  2. Oh my god!!! it looks so good!!! can I come over, πŸ˜‰

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… always welcome! πŸ˜‰ Thanks a lot Nammi…

  3. Must be very flavoursome with all the great spices!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  4. Wow.. looks delicious. I make a hyderabadi full chicken .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Would love to know the Hyderabadi full version, will check out… Thanks a lot Shobhaji…

  5. 5 stars
    That looks delicious! I wonder if I could broil that in my toaster over on a foil lined pan instead of frying it?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, I am sure you could do that do! Thanks a lot Bibi…

  6. 5 stars
    My family would love this for dinner any night of the week!! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Supriya…

  7. Looking at it, my stomach is growling of hunger… It looks absolutely delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

  8. Ooo . I am making this coming Thursday.
    I would love to kno some paki recipes ????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Hiba… πŸ™‚

  9. I have made this once we loved it ..this looks drool some

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Gloria…

  10. Absolutely delicious!!!!!!!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Remya…

  11. 5 stars
    Rafee You make that sound so easy…Saw this recipe at Bajias…wortha try

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Biny…

  12. Aww I felt bad that he couldnt be hired! Looks fingerlicking good! reading chaat masala so many times, I actually salivated! πŸ˜€

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… actually that chaat masala is the highlight! Thank you so much Fami… πŸ™‚

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