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Ingredients for Mughlai Chicken Handi:

  • Boneless Chicken thighs, 1” pieces- 450-500 gms

For Marination:

  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Crushed Pepper- 3/4 tsp

Spice Powders:

  • Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder- 1.5 tsp
  • Coriander Powder- 2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder- 3/4 tsp
  • Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek leaves) – 2 tsp

Other Ingredients:

  • Grated Onion- 100 gms (2 small)
  • Ginger Garlic paste- 2 tsp
  • Readymade tomato purée or paste- 4 tbsp
  • Whisked Curd/Yogurt- 3 tbsp
  • Cashew paste- 12 cashews
  • Green Chillies, sliced- 3
  • Refined Oil- 3 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves, chopped- 2 tbsp


  • Cut the boneless chicken thighs into 1” pieces. Marinate with salt and crushed pepper. Mix and set aside for 30 mins.
  • Grate the onion and whisk the curd/yogurt.
  • Make a paste of the cashew nuts. To make cashew paste, add the whole cashews into a grinder/blender and coarse grind into a fine powder. Add 3 tbsp water and blend into a smooth paste. Set aside for use later.
  • Slice the green chillies and chop the coriander leaves for garnish.
  • For tomato purée/paste, use readymade tomato purée available in stores. If not available, blend 2 medium red ripe tomatoes into a paste and use that instead.
  • Dry roast the Kasuri Methi (dried Fenugreek leaves) and crush it into a coarse powder with your hand.


  • Heat oil in a wok or kadhai and add the grated onion. Fry on medium heat for 4-5 mins till the colour changes. Add the ginger garlic paste, mix and continue to fry on low to medium heat for 2-3 mins.
  • Now add the marinated chicken, mix and fry on high heat for 1-2 mins till the colour changes to white and slightly browned.
  • Add all the spice powders other than Garam Masala Powder and Kasuri Methi, mix and fry on medium heat for 3-4 mins.
  • Now add the readymade tomato purée, give a mix and fry on medium to low heat for 3-4 mins till it’s cooked and oil separates.
  • Now add the cashew paste and whisked curd/yogurt, mix it well and cook on low heat for 2 mins till oil separates.
  • Now add 150 ml water and sliced green chillies, give a stir and cover & cook on low heat for 15 mins till the chicken is cooked and oil separates.
  • Add the garam masala powder and crushed Kasuri Methi (Fenugreek leaves), give a mix and simmer on low heat for 2-3 mins.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.