Zafrani Murg Masala | Chicken Saffron Curry

I feel so refreshed today, thanks to the long hours of sleep I got last night. My kids are very fidgety as far as sleeping is concerned. They hate to sleep! Seriously, what’s wrong with today’s kids? My umma keeps telling how much we used to sleep as kids and lamenting about the lack of sleep of my kids. I keep telling them, my darlings, you should understand that when the time comes when you really want to sleep, you will not be able to sleep, just like your ummi is!!! Hehe… I really miss my sleep… Those long hours of undisturbed sleep, waking up to the slight sun rays peeping through the curtains… Now life is so mechanical that you have to wake up when the alarm rings or else your whole schedule goes for a toss! Life is never the same always, right… hehe… Yesterday, a change in their schedule meant they did not have their usual afternoon nap and that saved me a lot of jitters while putting them to sleep early! Before I could chat through a small tale, I could hear the sounds of deep sleep! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


Off to the recipe today, how much I love this chicken curry, I have no words to say. Saffron is easily my favorite spice. If it wouldn’t have been so expensive, I would have sneaked it into everything that I make! The aroma of this spice coupled with the color makes me go round! I always have a little box handy so that I can put it into any recipe which demands it. The time I saw this recipe, I had to try it, more than to eat it, for enjoying the smell. And awesome, it was! The whole kitchen was filled with the enticing aroma of saffron… Should try it once to get the feel…Β Recipe courtesy: Masala Mornings


Linking this to the Side Dish Mela Event by Cooking for All Seasons…




Zafrani Chicken Masala

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken cut into meduim pecies
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 cardamoms slightly crushed
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 2 small pc cinnamon
  • 3 large onions sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp cihilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 cup yogurt slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8-10 strands saffron
  • 1 tsp kewra essence
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder


  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Add the whole spices and onion and cook the onions till translucent.
  • Add the ginger paste, garlic paste, chilli powder and coriander powder and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken and cook for around 5 minutes or till the stock oozes out.
  • Add in the yogurt, water and safron and cook with a closed lid till chicken is done.
  • Finally, sprinkle in the garam masala and kewra essesnce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm with rotis or rice...

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  1. I wish I could dive in this right now!!

    1. thank u so much reva…

  2. agree to you..skipping the afternoon nap really helps to finish a lot of chores early and go to bed early too. well i am aware of this…but..dont follow it myself..coz, me myslef, want to have a nap in the afternoon ;). the dish luks soo homely…gud one.

    1. hehe… when u r used to it, u do need it! thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  3. Looks delicious. I wish I had that bowl with me.

    1. thank u so much nandoo…

  4. Looks yummy. Love the flavor of saffron. Its so much versatile. Gives a royal touch to any dish

    1. that's really true humi… thanks a lot…

    1. thank u so much shama…

  5. loved this saffron flavored curry…looks addictive πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much kumar… πŸ™‚

  6. Saffron happens to be one of my favorite spice too with it's rich hue and subtle fragrance. Your chicken curry is so good to on any cold day!

    1. thank u so much dear…

  7. Wat u tld is rite dear…sometimes me too feel d same thing…..why todays kids are sllepless πŸ™
    and the chicken curry is very tempting…..and I'm drooling over it dear…………..

    1. feels nice to know that i'm not alone!!! πŸ˜‰ thanks a lot dear…

  8. I can imagine the smell of this curry.. looks very inviting.

    1. thank u so much rumana…

  9. I loved the name the of the dish…has got that richness in its name. Saffron and kewra does make it an authentic curry..really nice.

    1. thank u so much dear…

  10. saffron chicken curry looks delicious. I totally agree with you on sleep and nap times.

    1. thank u so much sebeena…

  11. Seriously what is wrong with today's kids irrespective of how old they are, why don't they sleep!! I too wonder.
    Zafrani chicken looks yummy !

    1. oh really meena… no words to say! thanks a lot dee…

  12. so hot luking chicken gravy…nice…

    1. thank u so much usha…

  13. Love the colour of the chicken masala,seriously makes me drool..Fingerlicking definitely..

    1. thank u so much akka…

  14. lovely Zafrani chicken…looks very delicious……

    1. thank u so much bhawna…

  15. Looks good Rafs!ANything with chicken is a hit here πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much princy…

  16. One fingerlicking and tempting curry…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  17. Even my son sleeps very less.. And when I get angry.. He pretends that he is sleeping with the snoring effects and all.. Lols.. Saffron is my favorite too Rafee.. I can smell this dish right here πŸ™‚

    1. haha… i like dat acting of his… today's kids are so very chaalaak really… πŸ˜€ thanks a lot dear…

  18. heee.. Saana says she does not know how to fall asleep and needs to attend sleeping classes.. πŸ˜‰ and how I wish there was something like that. The chicken curry looks delicious πŸ™‚

    1. haha… oh yes, really even i do wish!!! but now, since they don't get their afternoon nap and they are busy full day, they are sleeping quite fast, which is a very good sign! πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear….

  19. Wow the gravy looks delectable ! I tell the same thing to my little girl..that there'll come a day when she all that she would wish for is a good sleep,so it's better to sleep when she can….she's a sleep hater too πŸ™‚ guess it comes with the sweet package call children πŸ™‚

    1. yes u r right reni… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot…

  20. Wonderful recipe, I can imagine the taste of this yummy chicken masala!

    1. thank u so much ambreen…

  21. I love chicken curries like these. That have a lot of gravy. Yum!

    1. thank u so much indu…

  22. looks like you don't use salt?

    1. Sorry… Was missed to be mentioned! Salt is definitely needed, you can use it at the end or with the onions…

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