Dahi Chicken (Yogurt Chicken Curry)

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Dahi Chicken (Dahi Murgh) is a North Indian or Pakistani-style chicken curry with chicken pieces cooked in a yogurt-based sauce. For a hearty meal, serve it with roti, naan, or rice.

Here are more chicken curry recipes that you may like: Chicken Keema Masala, Chicken Masala Curry, Achari Chicken Curry, Malabar Chicken Curry, and Chicken Chettinad.

Dahi chicken served in a bowl.
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About Dahi Chicken

Dahi is plain yogurt in Hindi.

Dahi Chicken, also known as dahi wala murgh, is a Pakistani or North Indian curry in which chicken pieces are cooked in a yogurt-based sauce.

Although many Indian chicken curry recipes use yogurt, it is used in small quantities. In dahi chicken, yogurt is used as the base of the curry, and a lot of it is used.

Spicy, tangy, and full of flavors, this curry comes together using simple ingredients in under an hour.

It is a great curry for everyday meals, Indian-themed parties, or get-togethers. Serve it with any Indian bread or slightly flavored pulao.

Ingredients

Chicken – I like to make this curry using skinless bone-in chicken pieces as the bones add a lot of flavor.

Oil – Use any cooking oil to make this simple chicken curry. My favorite is mustard oil. It gives the curry a very unique flavor. You can also make the curry in ghee to make it extra indulgent.

Whole Spices – To enhance the flavor of this chicken curry, use whole spices such as cloves (laung), black peppercorns (kali mirch), black cardamoms (badi elaichi), cinnamon (dalchini), and dry red chilies.

When added to hot oil, these whole spices infuse flavor and aroma, making the dish even more delicious.

Feel free to add other whole spices like bay leaves (tejpatta), mace (javitri), and green cardamom pods (hari elaichi).

Spice Powders – Spice up the curry with basic spice powders such as chicken masala powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, and salt.

I like chicken masala powder from Shaan or Everest brands. They are available at all Indian grocery stores or online. You can use any brand of spice mix that you like.

Kashmiri red chili powder gives the dahi murgh curry a nice red color without making it too spicy. Opt for regular red chili powder if you want it to be spicy.

Yogurt (Dahi, Curd) is used as the base of this gravy. I like to add all-purpose flour (maida) to the yogurt to prevent it from curdling while cooking. Flour also makes the yogurt chicken curry creamier.

You can use Greek yogurt in place of plain yogurt.

Others – To make this delicious recipe, you will also need red onions, ginger-garlic paste, lime juice (or lemon juice), and cilantro (fresh coriander leaves).

To add a nice flavor, you can add some kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) and sliced green chilies at the end of the cooking.

Add ¼ cup of unsweetened heavy cream to make it richer at the end of cooking.

Add 1 teaspoon of black pepper powder for a spicy kick.

How To Make Dahi Murgh

Whisk 2 cups of plain yogurt with the following ingredients.

  • 1 tablespoon chicken masala powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt

Keep it aside.

Yogurt, spice powders and flour aded to a bowl.
Mixed well.

Heat 5 tablespoon mustard oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

Oil heating in a pan.

Lightly crush the following whole spices in a mortar and pestle.

  • 3-4 cloves
  • 5-6 black peppercorns
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 1-inch piece of cinnamon stick

When the oil is hot, add the crushed whole spices and 2-3 dry red chilies (stalks removed) and saute for 5-6 seconds.

Crushed spices and dry red chilies added to hot oil.

Add 1 and ½ cups of thinly sliced red onions and cook until they turn light brown (5-6 minutes), stirring frequently.

Onions added to the pan.

Add 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste and cook until the onions turn dark brown (5-6 minutes), stirring frequently.

Ginger garlic added to the pan.

Now add 2 pounds (1 kg) of rinsed skinless bone-in chicken (cut into 1 and ½-inch pieces) to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring a few times.

Chicken added to the pan.

Add the yogurt mixture and mix well.

Yogurt mixture added to the pan.

Reduce the heat to medium-low.

Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 40-45 minutes, stirring a few times.

Pan covered with a lid.

Add some water if the curry looks thick. Check for salt and add more if needed.

Add 1 tablespoon lime juice and mix well.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Ready dahi chicken.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is dahi chicken curry spicy?

The level of spiciness in dahi chicken curry can be adjusted to your preference by using more or less chili powder or other spices. Generally, it is mildly spicy but still flavorful.

Can I use boneless chicken for dahi chicken curry?

Yes, boneless chicken can be used for dahi chicken curry. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Cook the curry without the chicken until it is almost done. Now add the boneless chicken pieces and cook for 15 minutes. Do not overcook; otherwise, the chicken will become rubbery.

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Dahi Chicken is an Indian chicken curry with chicken pieces cooked in a yogurt-based sauce. Serve it with roti, naan, or rice for a hearty meal.
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Dahi Chicken Recipe (Yogurt Chicken Curry)

Dahi Chicken is an Indian chicken curry with chicken pieces cooked in a yogurt-based sauce. Serve it with roti, naan, or rice for a hearty meal.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups plain yogurt (dahi, curd)
  • 1 tablespoon chicken masala powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 pounds skinless bone-in chicken (1 kg, cut into 1 and ½ inch pieces, rinsed)
  • 5 tablespoons cooking oil (I prefer mustard oil)
  • 3-4 whole cloves (laung)
  • 5-6 whole black peppercorns (kali mirch)
  • 2 whole black cardamoms (badi elaichi)
  • 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 2-3 dry red chilies (stalks removed)
  • 1 and ½ cups thinly sliced onions
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (fresh coriander leaves)
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Instructions 

  • Whisk yogurt with chicken masala powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, chili powder, garam masala powder, all-purpose flour, and salt. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Lightly crush cloves, black peppercorns, black cardamoms, and cinnamon stick in a mortar and pestle.
  • When the oil is hot, add the crushed whole spices and dry red chilies and saute for 5-6 seconds.
  • Add onions and cook until they turn light brown (5-6 minutes), stirring frequently.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and cook until the onions turn dark brown (5-6 minutes), stirring frequently.
  • Now add chicken to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring a few times.
  • Add the yogurt mixture and mix well.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 40-45 minutes, stirring a few times.
  • Add some water if the curry looks thick. Check for salt and add more if needed.
  • Add lime juice and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Video

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Notes

If you are not a bone-in chicken person, then use boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Cook the curry without the chicken until it is almost done. Now add the boneless chicken pieces and cook for 15 minutes. Do not overcook otherwise the chicken will become rubbery. 
You can also make the curry in ghee to make it extra indulgent.
You can also add some kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) and sliced green chillies at the end of the cooking for a nice flavor.
To make it richer, add ¼ cup of unsweetened heavy cream at the end of cooking.
Add 1 teaspoon of black pepper powder for a spicy kick.

Nutrition

Calories: 285kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 908mg, Potassium: 453mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 449IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 122mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. WOWOWOWOWWOWO…. THIS IS yummyliscious.. Tonight or tomorrow 100% this is being cooked .. bookmarking

    1. It a gravy dish Divya, but you can adjust the amount of liquid. I like my gravies dryish, so have kept it less.