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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Smoked Chicken Masala

A very simple and easy recipe with very few ingredients, you can make this dish in a very less time. It tastes equally good even without the coal fumigation. It goes very well with the freshly made steamed rice and home style dal. Or just enjoy with toasted pav. 

In this kind of cooking technique, there is no need of adding any extra water, as the chicken releases its own juices along with the moisture present in tomatoes. There is no harm in adding extra water at the end in case if you need any gravy.

This recipe is different from usual chicken curry, as it is high on flavors. Flavor of coal, tomatoes and spices gives the curry a restaurant touch and the richness from the roasted and ground cashew nuts.

You can try similar recipes on blog which are equally easy and simple to prepare.

Kadhai Recipe


  • 500 grams Chicken
  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes chopped + 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp ginger & garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts
  • 2 or 3 green chilies (with slits)
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 5 tbsp cooking oil
  • Marinate chicken pieces with 1 tbsp ginger & garlic paste, 1 tbsp red chili powder and salt for 1 hour.
  • Make a paste of 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes along with 1 tbsp tomato puree (store bought).
  • Roast 1/2 cup cashew nuts and grind to a fine powder.
  •  Chop coriander leaves.
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan, add marinated chicken pieces and stir fry on medium heat for 1 minute.
  2. Now add the paste of fresh tomatoes and tomato puree, along with 2 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder and 1 tbsp kasoori methi. 
  3. Stir well and place the lid. Cook on low flame till chicken pieces are fully done.
  4. Keep a piece of charcoal on open flame and heat till it turns red hot.
  5. Add 2 tbsp of powdered cashew nut and green chilies to the chicken and cook for 1 more minute. Check the salt and add if needed.
  6. Garnish with chopped coriander and remove chicken from flame.
  7. Place a small piece of foil or a steel bowl on the surface of the chicken masala. Keep the burning piece of coal on the foil and pour 1 tsp of ghee or butter on it. Immediately cover with lid and keep the gravy covered for 30 minutes. 
  8. Open lid and discard the foil and coal piece.
  9. Reheat if needed and serve hot with roti, naan or steamed rice.
Note: You can add more water in step 5 if you need more gravy. You can prepare this curry even without using coal fumigation, it tastes equally good.


  1. This sounds really delicious... easy to make too...

  2. salam, tomato puree : do you mean concentrated tomato or fresh crushed tomato ? thanks

    1. Tomato puree (concentratrd or store bought) along with pureed fresh tomatoes). We use concentrated tomato puree just to give a nice color to the gravy. Hope it is clear Anees and thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. its one of my favorite and easiest jhatpat recipe thanks fr sharing

  4. I really wana thank you for providing such informative and qualitative material so often.Emily

  5. Salaam alaikum shanaz thanks alot for your awesome website it has helped me alot in my cooking... Each n every recipe is unique n easily explained. Specially this one is just awesome. Lots of duas for u

  6. Is is OK to use ground almonds instead of cashews?