Dhaba Style Chicken Curry | Spicy Chicken Curry

Dhaba-style chicken curry | Chicken curry | Chicken curry recipe | Learn to make Dhaba-style chicken curry at home with step-by-step photos and video. This Dhaba-style chicken curry is one pot curry and even a novice can make this. Dhaba is a roadside small restaurant that is very popular in India. You can find these dhabas easily on highways, and their food is awesome. Now, you can make this at home with easy-to-find ingredients. The gravy of this chicken curry is spicy, and the base of this gravy is onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and some spices. And the chicken is soft, tender, succulent. Serve this Dhaba-style chicken curry with naan, biryani, butter naan, rice, or chapatti.

dhaba style chicken curry

Dhaba style chicken curry

Dhaba is the most famous restaurant in India and it is situated on the sides of the highway. Dhaba is a place where, you can stop, have a meal and rest for some time during traveling. Their food is aromatic, delicious, and made with simple ingredients. Yet the food is so amazing that you cannot control yourself to eat.  And this Dhaba-style chicken curry is my all-time favorite, especially with naan. In Dhaba-style curry, the gravy is spicy, aromatic with Indian spices. And chicken is moist, tender, and succulent. Hey, if I am not wrong, we all love Dhaba-style food. But during this pandemic, we can’t go outside to enjoy our favorite food. So let’s make this at home.

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For marination

  • 1 and a half  kg chicken(with bones)
  • 2  tbsp ginger, garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp salt

For garvy

  • 3 to 4 large size onions(chopped)
  • 2 to 3 tbsp ginger, garlic paste(20 to 25 piece of garlic and 4 to 5 piece of ginger)
  • 2 onions(pureed)
  • 3 large tomatoes(pureed)
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 green cardamom (crushed)
  • 2 black cardamom (crushed)
  • 5 to 6 cloves
  • 6 to 7 black pepper (crushed)
  • 4 to 5 dry red chilies
  • 100 to 130 ml mustard oil
  • 3 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp fennel powder
  • 2 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 3 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp dry fenugreek leaves
  • 200t o300 ml water
Total Time1 hour
Servings5 to 6

Marination for chicken

Wash the chicken well.

Add ginger-garlic paste. Add red chili powder, salt, and lemon juice.

Mix well and leave it for 20 to 25 minutes. Marination is a very important step to make your chicken juicy and moist.

How to make Dhaba-style chicken?

Take a pan or kadhai. Add mustard oil and heat it for 2 minutes on high flame. Then turn the flame on low, add bay leaf, cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, black pepper.

Add chopped onions, ginger-garlic paste and sauté it for 5 to 8 minutes on high flame. Keep stirring.

Then add onion puree. Cook it for 5 minutes.

Then add salt, turmeric powder, and other powdered spices mentioned above. Mix well and cook for 10 minutes on medium flame. The secret ingredient of this curry is dry roasted fennel powder. You can also prepare this at home. Take a pan, add 3 to 4 tbsp fennel seeds. Dry roast them for 2 to 3 minutes and grind them into fine powder. And it is ready.

Then add tomato puree. Mix well.                                              

Cook it for 3 to 5 minutes on medium flame.

After that add marinated  chicken.

Mix well and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on high flame. Then turn the flame on low and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

Now, add dry fenugreek leaves. It is very important in Dhaba-style food. Fenugreek leaves give an aroma to the curry.

Add 200 to 300 ml water. Mix well and cover it. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked. Cook the chicken on low to medium flame.

When it is cooked well, again cook for 5 to 8 minutes on high flame. Then turn off the heat.

Your Dhaba-style chicken curry is ready. Serve hot with rice, naan, roti, or paratha.

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