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Chicken Masala for beginners
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Chicken Masala is one of favorite dish. It is simple to make yet tastes great. This recipe is mainly for the beginners and bachelors who wants to try this chicken masala at home. When I came first time to singapore my husband bought some chicken masala powder and tried this dish and said his friend used to prepare the chciken masala that way. Ooh… I don’t like that taste with store bought masala. We hardly completed that dish. The next week, I called my mom and asked for the recipe. I followed the recipe and the result is awesome. So people who start learning the cooking and bachelors out there, can find this chicken masala to an an easy one.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: chicken masala for beginngers, chicken masala recipe, masala chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Akila
  • Chicken – 1/2 kg
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Cardamom – 2 pods
  • Fennel – 3/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick – 5 1 inch size
  • Star anise – 2
  • Bay leaf – 1 crushed
  • Cloves – 6 to 7
Other Ingredients
  • Sunflower oil – 5 tsp
  • Gingelly oil – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Onion – 2 finely chopped
  • Tomato – 2 finely chopped
  • Ginger Garlic – 2 tsp
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Water – 1 cup + or – Salt as per taste
  1. Wash the chicken with salt nicely. Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and mix well. Allow to rest for 30 min atleast.
  2. In a wok or kadai, add 5 tsp oil and when it is hot add all the spices one by one and finally the curry leaves. Add the onion.
  3. Let the onion become translucent. Now add in the tomatoes.
  4. Add in the ginger garlic paste and the green chillies. Sauté till the raw smell of the ginger garlic goes off.
  5. Add in the marinated chicken pieces now. Add 1 cup water mix well.
  6. Close with a lid and let the chciken gets cooked for 10 min. Now add in the chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and required salt.
  7. Let it cook for another 5 min. Add the garam masala powder now. Mix well and sprinkle some water and allow the chciken to get cooked in the masala powder.
  8. Cook till the oils oozes out. Add gingelly oil at this time. Wait for 2 min. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
  9. Serve this hot chicken masala with rice or Biryani or Naan or dosa. Anything goes well with this.
Recipe Notes
  1. I made this masala bit sry as I like the dry version. If more onions and tomatoes are added, you can make it a bit gravy.
  2.  If you need a little more tangy, you can add 2 tsp of tamarind pulp.
  3.  Adding 1 tsp gingelly oil enhances taste.
  4.  Spiciness can be adjusted according to your taste buds. Above mentioned are for my family taste buds.