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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Pakistani Street Style Chicken Kadai

Pakistani Street Style Chicken Kadai ~Restaurant Style Kadai
Pakistani Street Style Chicken Kadai

It is that time of the year when kids and moms are back to their routine. September on wards all get into their daily routine after a long vacation and then starts the daily chores of getting the lunch boxes ready. In spite of having a good list of sandwiches, rolls and wraps on my blog, I do struggle sometimes with choices of breakfast and lunch box ideas. And I have noticed that whenever I plan ahead for the week, it does save a lot of time and I manage to do some preps the day before.

As most of the kids and mothers get back to their routine we, a group of food bloggers have also started our blogging routine with this month's Muslim Food Bloggers Challenge with theme as 'Pakistan'. I had a very tough time selecting a dish for this theme as Pakistani Food has an enormous variety of dishes be it kadhai, handi, biryanis, kababs and the list goes on. I am so much in love with Pakistani food that I even dedicated one of my posts of Flag colored rice marking the occasion of their Independence day. As I have mentioned in the earlier post and again I like to repeat it here that the taste buds do not follow borders, partitions or 'sarhads'. In UAE it is a very common sight to see lots of Indians enjoying Pakistani food in restaurants and vice verse.

Pakistani Street Style Chicken Kadai
Pakistani Street Style Chicken Kadai

I happen to stumble upon a Youtuber called Chef Rizwana many years ago and since then whenever I like to prepare an authentic Pakistani recipe, I straight away head towards her channel Rizwana's Cooking and cook up something I like. All her recipes are amazing and accurate. The best part is that she keeps up her promise in presenting the most real and authentic dishes from Pakistan. Pakistani street style or you can say restaurant style kadhai is one such dish which will make you want more of it. According to Chef Rizwana, the chicken along with other spices is first tenderized by cooking on slow flame till it is fully done and then again roasted in a kadhai on high flame for the last couple of minutes just to dry out the extra moisture. This is the exact method which is adopted in every restaurant there.

Pakistani Street Style Chicken Kadai
Pakistani Street Style Chicken Kadai

Pakistani Street Style Chicken Kadai

Pakistani Steet Style Chicken Kadai will give you a taste of a typical street style chicken curry which is ideal to be served with naan or any flat bread.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Total time: 35-40 minutes
1 cup = 250 ml capacity
Serves 4


1 kilogram chicken cut into small pieces
2 medium size onion finely chopped
2 medium ripe tomatoes (peeled & finely chopped)
1 tablespoon ginger & garlic paste combined
3 tablespoon yogurt whisked in a bowl
1/4 cup julienned ginger (thinly sliced)
2 green chilies chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon red chili powder (kashmiri)
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)

For garnish: 1 tablespoon ginger juliennes
1 green chili sliced
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves


1. Heat a saucepan and add chicken pieces, chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, 1 tablespoon ginger & garlic paste, 1 teaspoon red chili flakes, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon red chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat without adding any water. After 5 minutes of cooking, you will find lots of water has been released by chicken and the other ingredients. Let the chicken cook till it is tender and almost cooked.
2. Heat a small pan and dry roast 2 teaspoon coriander seeds and 1 teaspoon cumin seeds. Cool and roughly crush them (not a fine powder).
3. Heat ghee in a large kadai and add the cooked chicken along with all the juices/water present in it. Add 3 tablespoon of whisked yogurt, crushed coriander & cumin seeds, 2 chopped green chilies, 1/4 cup ginger julienne, 1 teaspoon black pepper powder, and 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder. Mix everything well and cook on high heat without covering till the chicken curry looks dry and ghee is visible in the curry. Basically, we need to cook for 3-5 more minutes just to dry out all the extra water.
4. Serve the dish in the same kadhai by garnishing with more ginger juliennes, chopped green chilies, red chili flakes, and chopped coriander leaves.

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  1. Looking at your kadai, I feel I am sitting in a Paki joint all ready to mop it up with thick naans!!! Slurp... looks perfect!

  2. I am eyeing that Kadai Gosht ki Biryani....will check out that recipe coming to today's recipe it is droolsome....that thick gravy sounds yum to me...

  3. I too was eyeing this recipe...your kadai looks so yummy...
    Very mouthwatering

  4. one of my favorite pakistani curries! yumm

  5. I loved the writeup of your post! And you're right, these borders are manmade. Our hearts and blood are one <3
    I must say that you've nailed this recipe for Karhai! This is a very authentic looking recipe, and I'm loving it!

  6. The girls love chicken curry...will have to give your recipe a go as always looking for different recipes

  7. This looks so delicious! Definitely trying this soon!

  8. Oh my, this looks so yummy! I wish I could just grab this dish from my computer screen hee hee :) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, it's so hard to come across an authentic Pakistani recipe these days!

  9. All you food bloggers leave people salivating across the world. This looks delicious and easy too. Thank you for sharing

  10. Pakistani food is indeed a treat to the tastebuds. This karhai looks awesome!

  11. This reminds me of the biriani I tried a little while ago. I never use whole spices or as many spices in my food and I Felt like that made a HUGE difference in the flavor! It was amazing. I am curious did you use a whole chicken and cut it up?

  12. I love trying out different cuisines. I also love my rice and curries, so it's great to read a recipe where I can cook it differently (and easily!) for a change. Thank you, will have to also check out the other recipes you've got.

  13. great website, having very different cooking style and recipes, i must try some of your recipes as that's looks very awesome and willing to try the new taste of food.

  14. you have published a very nice and attractive blog very cool site with the great ideas of cooking with recipes.