Murg Malaiwala | Creamy Chicken Curry



I had already marked up in my mind that if the state for this month’s Shh Cooking Secretly Challenge would be Punjab, I would make it a point to participate. Why not? The food of Punjab is always said to be rich, warm and welcoming. Whether it is the Butter Chicken, Palak Paneer or Dal Tadka, every dish evokes a lot of gastronomic feel in anybody who eats it. As soon as the announcement was up and I waited patiently for my assigned partner.Pin


Punjab is a beautiful state in the north that is mainly known for their agricultural prowess. The word “Punjab” means, “five rivers”, signifying the five rivers that run through the state. The state has gone through a lot during historical times and now part of it lies in Pakistan. Punjab shares its capital Chandigarh with its neighboring state Haryana. The food of the state is very down to earth, very dependent on the agricultural produce and use a lot of ghee in their cooking. Punjabis are known for their zeal for life, their colorful attires, their festivities and celebrations. Their way of life reflects in their food as well.




This month, I work hand in hand with Seema, who I am coordinating with for the first time for this challenge. I have had some warm exchanges with her in the past and I knew for an instance that she would make my life easy. Can you imagine what ingredients she gave me? Onion and chilies! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I mean there are very few gravies that doesn’t use these two ingredients. I in-turn gave her garlic and cumin, and you must check out what she cooked for this challenge. 🙂


OK, so coming back to the recipe I made for this challenge… A very rich gravy that is fit for occasions! The name of the dish itself has royalty attached to it. Somehow I wanted to make a new dish that would be enjoyed by everyone in the house. My girls are not very fond of spicy food, so such gravies are always welcome. The first link I landed up was a very complicated recipe, that I was doubtful of creating. As I read through more posts, I found that the recipe wasn’t that difficult to make! True to its name, the gravy is rich with the cream and milk added to it. The curry uses very limited spices that shines through. The cardamom is what lends the pop of flavors in this dish. Each bite of the gravy is a total bliss. We got some roomali rotis from the nearby bakery and literally licked through the pan. This gravy would be amazing some jeera rice as well. Off to the recipe…





5 from 8 votes

Murg Malaiwala | Creamy Chicken Curry

Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 750 gm chicken cut into medium pieces, washed and drained
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 2 heaped tbsp yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 125 gm thick cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves and crushed fried onions to serve optional


  • Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients mentioned under "for marination" for as much as possible. You can keep minimum 15 minutes or if you have the time, then you can marinate overnight.
  • Heat ghee in a pan. Add the onion and green chillies and saute till wilted.
  • Add the chicken along with all the marination. Cook till the chicken oozes out its stocks and is half cooked.
  • Add in the cream and milk, and cook till the chicken is fully done, stirring in between. The sauce will thicken.
  • Add in the cardamom, dry ginger, pepper and garam masala powders and cook for a few more minutes.
  • Finally crush in the kasuri methi and season with salt. Serve hot with coriander leaves and crushed fried onions (optional) along with naan or rice.


Try not to add any salt while making the gravy, since it may curdle the milk.

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  1. I love curry…either meat or vegetables..this looks terrific!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  2. 5 stars
    This looks delicious Rafee !!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Gloria!

  3. Such a simple recipe, and yet the dish looks so flavourful and tempting. I like gravies that are mildly spiced too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  4. I really love north indian food especially while travelling. , this looks drooiling ,will try it out.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Hiba…

  5. 5 stars
    Rafeeda, though I don’t eat meat I found the way you’ve presented mug makhanwala, its definitely looks tempting. I’m going to try out this recipe when I meet up with my daughter in law’s parents (French). Am sure they’ll love the curry and the cream will not make it too spicy for them.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuriji… it surely is a very mild gravy…

  6. 5 stars
    The curry looks fantastic and it is much loved in our house but because of the cream, I serve it occasionally.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Taruna…

  7. Nice Creamy Chicken Curry, Looks tempting, We Will Prepare definitely.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Aish…

  8. wow. so creamy and delicious chicken. would love to have it with naan/chapati.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Narmadha…

  9. Punjabi Cuisine is truly a gastronomic delight – this dish looks sooo creamy and delicious. hope your family loved it …

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kalyani…

  10. I love Punjabi cuisine and this chicken curry sounds creamy, flavourful and lip-smackingly delicious. Saving it try sometime.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sujata…

  11. This looks delicious and a easy one to make. It will make a good option for weekend lunch. Nice clicks.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jayashree…

  12. Beautiful mix of spices in the curry and the final addition of Kasoori methi must’ve added a beautiful aroma!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ashima…

  13. 5 stars
    This chicken curry definitely looks creamy and your pictures are making it all the more tempting ! Even we prefer less spicy curries.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Poonam…

  14. 5 stars
    Rafeeda the murg malaiwala looks awesome . I don’t cook murga but eat it so drooling over the pics n imagining the substitutes for murga. Great representative of the state.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Archana…

  15. Lovely presentation, as a vegetarian I replace the non veg part with any veggies. Ingredients used for gravy would definetly made this one flavorful..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vasu…

  16. Im actually not fond of milk based gravies, preferring tomato and onion, or yogurt. But reading through this post and recipe, I am having second thoughts. The dish sounds really flavourful and I think the cardamom and kasuri methi will give just that right taste! Must try.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I guess we all have that thought, but for a change, such rich gravies do taste amazing to our tastebuds! Thank you so much Sujataji…

  17. So so creamy, flavorful curry using chicken here you have presented. WIth some tandoori roti I want to finish up this lip-smackingly delicious dish ;P

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      True, it is just so creamy and such a match with tandoor rotis… Thank you so much Sasmita…

  18. The presentation of the curry has come out great

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

  19. 5 stars
    The first thought that comes to my mind seeing this murg malaiwala is that this looks so creamy. And I think replacing the meat with a veggie would make it into a very lovely delicious veg curry and I am sure going to make it soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena… I bet paneer would taste lovely in this gravy…

  20. 5 stars
    My daughter is too not fond of spicy food but loves chicken. I think she would love having this murg malaiwala. The gravy looks very rich and creamy and perfect with roti.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      My kids loved it too, it is fit for their taste buds…. Thank you so much Renu…

  21. 5 stars
    chicken curry looks absolutely irresistible and creamy. Definitely my kids going to love this. Bookmarked it.Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  22. Love the way you have used the ingredients and created this recipe. More over I love the presenattion it makes me feel like a restaurent of perfect Punjabi cuisine by the feel of it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Seema…

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