Simple Chicken Shorba

I’m seriously excited about so many things happening on blogosphere. I got in with some skepticism but then I am so happy to get a lot of positive feedback and warm welcome from many of them. I really do not know how to jot down my happiness. 🙂 There’s so many events also that are happening, but I feel sad that I am not able to participate. I know that it is through participation that you get your blog to far more people, but then due to my current situation of not getting much time to tinker around the kitchen, I am forced to limit myself to whatever recipes I already have in store with me. But once things will get sorted out (I am sincerely hoping by April!), I should be able to participate in events.

Today’s recipe is an easy yet flavor packed curry. I guess shorba is a part of our very own Hydrebadi cuisine, however the below recipe is adapted from a site which has a lot of good Pakistani recipes. I have tried quite a bit of them, however the pictures I have them are so mediocre that I do not want to post it here. However, I am already mentally noting down the recipes I have to retry so that I can share on this little space of mine! This is quite a quick-fix curry, which doesn’t need a lot of attention. Perfect for the days that you are really not wanting to do anything. Serve this with plain white rice or tandoori roti/ naan and it is a blissful dinner at its best! Recipe courtesy: Elzaa FB page


5 from 1 vote

Simple Chicken Shorba

Course Chicken
Cuisine Pakistani
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 750 gm chicken cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 250 gm yogurt
  • 3-4 cloves garlic crushed or grated
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 green chillies slit lengthwise


  • Heat the oil in your saucepan. Add the chicken and saute it for a few minutes.
  • Add the vinegar and continue sauteing it for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the garlic on the chicken and saute till the garlic changes color.
  • Reduce the flame to the lowest, close the lid of the saucepan and allow the chicken to be cooked in its juices.
  • Whisk in all the masalas into the yogurt until well incorporated.
  • Take off the saucepan from the flame, add the yogurt spice mix and give it a nice stir till the chicken is coated in it.
  • Return back to the flame. After some time, the oil will start to float on the top.
  • Add around 1/2 cup of water and add the salt. Adjust your spice levels. Add the green chillies and cook on closed lid for 3 minutes. Yummy shorba is ready!!!


I have reduced the chilli powder and cumin powder according to my family taste. Pakistani food use a lot of cumin, so you may use upto 1 tsp cumin powder, if you like the flavor.
Even though the original recipe asked to cook the chicken in water, I didn't add. The chicken released enough of fluid to cook itself, so the end curry had a very nice taste of the stock.

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  1. Chicken Shorba, my husband's favorite..

    thanks for stopping by. following you too

    1. thank u anshu for stopping by… 🙂

    1. thank u ramya… 🙂

  2. curry looks so yummy dear….

    1. Thank u saranya…

  3. Yummy and delicious curry!!

    1. Thank u nisha…

  4. Looks so yum….super clicks tooo..

    1. Thank u so much divya… 🙂

    1. thank u sireesha!!!

  5. I'm literally drooling here dear. Chicken is my most fav!!!

    1. thank u sri!!! 🙂

  6. superb chicken curry

    1. thank u pria…

    1. thank you akhila…

  7. Wow….looks yummy & gorgeous…. 🙂

    1. thank u helen… 🙂

  8. Tempting chicken shorba dear, drooling here.

    1. thank u kauser…

  9. That's an finger licking shorba…

    1. thank u lubnaji… 🙂

  10. a mouth watering recipe…

    1. thank u dear…

  11. That looks yumm. would love to give it a try. nice blog u have here dera. happy to follow u.

    1. thanks a lot suhaina for your support… 🙂

  12. Mouth watering. Just love it

    1. thank u… 🙂

  13. Simple nd delicious curry

    1. thank u dear… 🙂

  14. chicken shorba looks mouthwatering….will try this soon

    1. Hope you will like it… thanks a lot Gloria…

  15. 5 stars
    Does Shorba = soup ? I’m asking because it’s close to the Turkish word. Prolly Arabic…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, Shorba is used for a thin curry, similar to a soup. There are so much chances of the usage of words being intermingled, that is the beauty of cooking! Thank a lot Papatia…

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