Murgh Shahjahani

Chicken Shahjahani

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 554 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Chicken Shahjahani is a rich and creamy recipe of chicken where chicken is cooked in a rich masala made with dry fruits, onions and spices.



  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 3-4 Clove
  • 2 Black Cardamom
  • 2 Green cardamom
  • 1 and 1/2 cup Onion Chopped
  • 2 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp Poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp Musk melon seeds
  • 10-12 Cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 kg Chicken
  • 4 tbsp Yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Fresh cream
  • 4-5 drops Kewra essence
  • Fresh coriander for garnishing
  • 3-4 Boiled eggs cut into halves


  1. Soak poppy seeds, musk melon seeds and cashew nuts in warm water for 30 minutes.
  2. Grind to make a fine paste. ( I used my coffee grinder to grind these into a smooth paste )
  3. Heat oil and ghee in a pan.
  4. Add cloves, black cardamom and green cardamom and fry for a few seconds.
  5. Add onion and fry till translucent.
  6. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till onion turns translucent.
  7. Remove the pan from heat and let the onion mixture cool.
  8. Once cooled, grind in a grinder along with little water to make a smooth paste.
  9. Transfer the paste in the karahi along with the seeds and nuts paste we ground initially.
  10. Add little water if required.
  11. Cook for a minute.
  12. Add turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala powder and salt and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  13. Add the chicken and cook on high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  14. Add yogurt along with 1/2 cup of water and cover and cook the chicken for 30-35 minutes.
  15. Keep stirring in between.
  16. Add fresh cream and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  17. Add kewra essence and mix well.
  18. Garnish with fresh coriander.
  19. Arrange the boiled eggs on top.
  20. Serve hot with Naan or Laccha Paratha.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Shahjahani
Amount Per Serving
Calories 554 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 271mg90%
Sodium 167mg7%
Potassium 402mg11%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 895IU18%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.