Out of the many Indian Chicken Recipes, this Dhaba Style Chicken Curry Recipe is one of our favourite. Juicy morsels of chicken simmered in a smoky onion tomato gravy is perfect to pair with some tandoori roti or Jeera Rice.

Dhaba Style Chicken Curry Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 499 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Out of the many Indian Chicken Recipes, this Dhaba Style Chicken Curry Recipe is one of our favourite. Juicy morsels of chicken simmered in a smoky onion tomato gravy is perfect to pair with some tandoori roti or Jeera Rice.

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Ingredients

For marination

  • 1 kg Chicken Curry Cut
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder

For the curry

  • 4 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 2-3 Cloves Crushed
  • 5-6 Black peppercorns Crushed
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Crushed
  • 3-4 Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 cups Onion Grated
  • 1 tsp Ginger Chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic Chopped
  • 1 cup Tomato Grated
  • 1 cup Curd Whisked with 2 tsp Maida
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Kasuri Methi
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala Powder

Instructions

  1. Mix chicken with the ingredients for marination and let it marinate for 2-3 hours.

  2. For the curry, heat oil in a pan.

  3. Once the oil is hot, add crushed cloves, black peppercorns, cinnamon, black cardamom and dry red chillies and let them crackle for a few seconds.

  4. Add onion and fry until slightly browned.

  5. Add ginger and garlic and fry until onion is nicely browned.

  6. Now add chicken along with the marinade and cook on high heat for 4-5 minutes.

  7. Add tomato and cook for 4-5 minutes.

  8. Add curd and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

  9. Now add coriander powder, turmeric powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and salt to taste and cover and cook until chicken is done.

  10. Add garam masala powder and kasuti methi and cook for another minute.

  11. Serve hot with tandoori roti.

  12. For the smoky flavour that is a characteristic of Dhaba food, heat a piece of coal over direct flame until red hot.

  13. Keep a metal bowl over the curry.

  14. Keep the hot piece of coal in this bowl and pour some oil on top.

  15. Immediately close the lid of the pan and let the smoke get infused in the curry for 10 minutes.

  16. Remove the lid and remove the bowl with the coal.

  17. Your smoky Dhaba style chicken curry is ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

You can also give this curry a second tempering of cumin seeds, dry red chilli and garlic.

Do it once you are ready to serve the curry.

It's best to make this curry few hours in advance for all the flavours to come along. 

Nutrition Facts
Dhaba Style Chicken Curry Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 499 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 1316mg57%
Potassium 774mg22%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1440IU29%
Vitamin C 68.6mg83%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.