Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Chicken Handi (A different Version)

Chicken karahi or chicken handi is one of the most versatile dishes I know (Cuz i never prepapre it the same way twice, a little tweak here, a little there)
It always ends up better than the previous times !  

You can prepare it thousands of ways. Talk to someone and they'd give you a totally different recipe for this.
I've made a few as well.

There are a few basic ingredients to this {chicken (this can easily be made with mutton too), tomatoes,yogurt} but you can play around with the spices, some people add cream in their handi, some add butter ! (I told u, there are a lot of ways you can prepare this!)

So this recipe is different from the others i've made. It is absolutely scrumptious !
(Great for sehri with Paratha or Roti too !)

For my Previous recipes check the links below

For the Ingredients you'd need

About 750 grams of Chicken
1 tbsp of Ginger Garlic paste
1/2 tsp of Cumin (Zeera)
1/2 tsp of Black pepper.
a few Curry leave (they can be left out, but i'd highly recommend that you add these)
1 Large (or 2 medium) Onions (sliced)
2 medium sized Tomatoes
4-5 Green chilies (chopped)
Salt to taste
2 tsp (or to taste) Red chili flakes
1/2 tsp of Turmeric (Haldi)
1 tsp of All Spice (Garam Masala)
1 Tbsp of (Shaan Karahi Masala, or any ready-made Masala)
1 cup of Yogurt (thats around 1 pao, 250 grams)
1/2 a bunch or Coriander
3-4 Green chilies.

Heat oil in a wok or a handi (I'm using handi).

Add cumin and Curry leaves.
Cook for a few seconds.

My curry leaves tree !! <3

..than add ginger garlic paste. Cook till fragrant.

add chicken

..salt and black pepper (add freshly crushed, it does make a huge difference)

When the chicken changes color and looks cooked, take it out with all the juices.

In the same Handi, heat a little oil. 
Add the sliced onion and fry till golden brown.

Add chopped tomatoes and green chilies...

...Shaan Karahi Masala..

...salt, red chili flakes, turmeric, all spice. 
Mix and cook till the tomatoes are tender.

When the oil separates, add yogurt...

...and the cooked chicken.

Cook on high heat till the gravy is thick.

Add Coriander and Green chilies.

and Serve !! 

Enjoy !! 


  1. this chicken handi looks absolutely delicious!!!!

    1. Thank u !! <3
      do try this, its amazing !!

    2. this reminds me, ironically of my medical school days, when I frequented a pakistani food joint..the taste still lingers in my mind.

  2. Highly irresistible and super tempting.

  3. This looks so delicious; I love food cooked in a Handi, it just gives it a completely different flavor .. Can you tell me what are the techniques of cooking using a Handi? Thanks ..

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    1. Hi !
      I love it too !!
      i've cooked lentils and beans in handi as well, they turn out amazing !

  4. I have tried a few of your recipes now, and everyone has turned out amazing! Please continue to post new recipes! Would love to see more!

    1. Hi !
      Thank u. I'll be posting more recipes soon InshAllah.
      I'm just a bit busy right now with hospital and housejob.

  5. wow wat a flavorful gravy. frst time here. happy to follow

  6. Se ve muy exquisito el pollo cocinado de esta manera me encantó me enanoré,hugs.hugs.

  7. Hey! Just made this and it smells amazing. Still haven't tasted yet, waiting for the husband to get back :), but I owe you a huge thanks!

  8. U r an excellent teacher, n for me cooking has become easier coz of u. Tried potato cheese balls, it turned out really yummy. n even dis handi looks delicious n worth trying. God bless u always n may u prosper in all fields of life :)

    1. Thank you love. I'm glad you're trying the recipes!!

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  10. Just a word: Yummm. We all enjoyed this easy and tasty recipe. A meal full of joy. Thank you
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