Punjab Chicken Curry Recipe with Traditional Spices and Fresh Ingredients

Chicken Curry

Punjab Chicken Curry Recipe with Traditional Spices and Fresh Ingredients
Region / culture: Punjab | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 4


Chicken Curry
Chicken Curry

Chicken curry is a popular and flavorful dish that is enjoyed by many around the world. This dish is known for its rich and aromatic flavors, making it a favorite among both meat lovers and vegetarians alike.


The origins of chicken curry can be traced back to the Indian subcontinent, where it has been a staple dish for centuries. The dish has since spread to various parts of the world, with each region adding its own unique twist to the recipe.


How to prepare

  1. Clean the chicken, removing the skin, and make cuts in the meat.
  2. In a Dutch oven pot, heat 4 tbsp of oil over medium heat.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add cumin and allow it to splatter.
  4. Add onions and cook for 10 minutes, then add garlic and ginger.
  5. Continue cooking for 15 minutes or until the ingredients are browned.
  6. Add tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, turmeric, garam masala, and red hot peppers.
  7. Pour in 0.5 glass of water.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the chicken.
  9. Mix well and cover the pot. Let it cook for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
  10. Ensure there is enough water remaining in the curry.
  11. Adjust the thickness of the curry as desired.
  12. If needed, add a little more water.
  13. Finally, add fresh coriander.
  14. Serve with rice or roti.


  • Add vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, or bell peppers to the curry for added flavor and nutrition.
  • Use coconut milk instead of water for a creamier and richer curry.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

To enhance the flavor of the curry, marinate the chicken in yogurt and spices for a few hours before cooking.

- Use fresh ingredients whenever possible for the best taste and texture.

- Adjust the amount of spices according to your personal preference for heat and flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Serve chicken curry with steamed rice, naan bread, or roti for a complete and satisfying meal.

Cooking Techniques

Use a Dutch oven pot for slow cooking and to allow the flavors to meld together.

- Stir the curry occasionally to prevent sticking and ensure even cooking.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use chicken breast or thighs instead of chicken legs for a leaner option.

- Substitute garam masala with curry powder if unavailable.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the curry ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the chicken curry with fresh cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice for a pop of color and freshness.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair chicken curry with a side of cucumber raita or mango chutney for a balanced and flavorful meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover chicken curry in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a saucepan over low heat until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories per serving: 300


Carbohydrates: 10g per serving


Fats: 15g per serving


Proteins: 25g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken curry is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium.


This recipe contains dairy (yogurt) and tree nuts (cashews).


Chicken curry is a nutritious and flavorful dish that is rich in protein and essential vitamins and minerals. However, it is important to be mindful of portion sizes and any potential allergens.


Chicken curry is a delicious and nutritious dish that is perfect for a cozy night in or a special occasion. With its rich flavors and aromatic spices, this dish is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still recall the sense of amazement I felt when I first saw this recipe for Chicken Curry. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Lily in her cozy little kitchen. As soon as I stepped inside, I was greeted by the intoxicating aroma of spices and herbs that filled the air.

Lily, a talented cook and a true culinary magician, had a way of making the most ordinary ingredients come to life in the most extraordinary ways. She had a knack for mixing and matching flavors, creating dishes that were both comforting and exotic at the same time.

On this particular day, Lily was busy preparing a batch of Chicken Curry, a dish that she had learned to make during her travels through India. As she chopped, diced, and sautéed, I watched in awe as the vibrant colors and fragrant spices came together to create a symphony of flavors.

"Would you like to learn how to make Chicken Curry?" Lily asked, her eyes twinkling with excitement. I nodded eagerly, eager to soak up every bit of wisdom that she had to offer.

Lily began by explaining the key ingredients that make up a traditional Chicken Curry: onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, and a blend of aromatic spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala. She emphasized the importance of using fresh, high-quality ingredients to achieve the best results.

As she guided me through the cooking process, I marveled at the way she effortlessly combined the ingredients, adjusting the flavors and seasonings with a practiced hand. She shared with me the secret to achieving the perfect balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavors that are the hallmark of a great Chicken Curry.

But it wasn't just the recipe itself that made an impression on me. It was the way Lily approached cooking as a form of art, a way to express her creativity and passion for food. She taught me to trust my instincts, to taste and adjust as I went along, to let my senses guide me in the kitchen.

By the time the Chicken Curry was ready, I felt a sense of accomplishment and pride that I had never experienced before. As we sat down to enjoy the meal together, I savored each bite, savoring the flavors and memories that lingered on my taste buds.

In the days and weeks that followed, I found myself revisiting the recipe for Chicken Curry over and over again, experimenting with different variations and adding my own personal touch to the dish. Each time I made it, I felt a connection to Lily and the culinary journey that we had embarked on together.

Years passed, and my love for cooking only grew stronger. I sought out new recipes, learned from different cultures and cuisines, and continued to hone my skills in the kitchen. But no matter how many dishes I mastered, Chicken Curry would always hold a special place in my heart.

Now, as I pass on this recipe to you, my dear grandchild, I hope that you will embrace it with the same sense of wonder and excitement that I once did. May it inspire you to explore the world of flavors and aromas, to create your own culinary masterpieces, and to carry on the tradition of good food and good company that has brought so much joy to my life.

And remember, cooking is not just about following a recipe. It's about passion, creativity, and the love that you pour into every dish. So go ahead, dive in, and let the magic of Chicken Curry take you on a delicious journey of discovery and delight. Bon appétit!


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