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AUTHENTIC CHICKEN KARAHI

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Sarah- I’m back with a new recipe. This is ultimate Mahrani (queen) of Karahis It’s my Chicken Karahi Recipe- Pakistani Style. I consider Mutton Karahi the king of Karahi recipes so that’s why Chicken Karahi is my queen of Karahi.  Authentic Chicken Karahi is a dish from North Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The Pakistani version doesn’t include bell peppers while North Indian version has bell pepper. Karahi has a lot of different version, some people even make it paneer. My Authentic Chicken Karahi is to die for. It’s legit extremely delicious and flavorful. It will keep everyone wanting for seconds and thirds or maybe fourths and fifths. This is the ultimate restaurant style Chicken Karahi if this doesn’t remind you of Pakistani restaurant karahi that you eat in Karachi on superhighway.

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WHAT IS KARAHI?

Authentic Chicken Karahi  is chicken wrapped around a tomato based curry but you don’t want to include a lot of tomatoes, just the right amount. Although you’re going to include some tomato paste as well.  However, you should let the seasonings and spices do their chemistry in order to bring an authentic and that authentic flavor to your table. This recipe requires only 2 tomatoes. Karahi is made in an iron-steel wok.

Authentic Chicken Karahi

HOW TO PREPARE MASALA FOR AUTHENTIC  CHICKEN KARAHI – PAKISTANI STYLE?

In a fry pan, on medium heat, dry roast dried red pepper, corinander seeds, black peppercorn, cumin seeds. Cool it down for 5 minutes and crush them in a mortar & pestle. Set it aside. 

AUTHENTIC Chicken Karahi

HOW TO COOK  AUTHENTIC CHICKEN KARAHI – PAKISTANI STYLE?

In a wok, add oil, and add in the slit seranno peppers, black cardamom, green cardamon pods, cinnamon stick and sauté it. Next add the onion, sauté it until they get translucent. Ginger garlic paste and mix it. Next add chicken Karahi Masala (that you made earlier) and mix well. Next add tomatoes. Add 2 tbsp tomato paste, 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste, add 1-1/2 tsp of karahi masala, 2 tsp red chili powder, salt, 1 tbsp lemon juice, garam masala powder, cilantro, water, chicken cube and coriander powder . Mix everything well. Now add the remaining of the Karahi masala and mix well. Add 1 more tbsp tomato paste and mix well. Cook it open it on medium heat for 5 minutes. Mix well and cover it and turn your stove on low for 7 minutes. add 1/2 cup of water. Mix it well.

Authentic Chicken Karahi

WITH BONE OR WITHOUT BONE?

Authentic Chicken Karahi is usually made in whole chicken however, I personally don’t like whole chicken so I use leg quarter or chicken theigh if I want to make it boneless. Majority of the time I usually use Chicken quarters. Chicken quarters are juicy and flavorful and for me it’s a perfect type of meat for Karahi.

AUTHENTIC Chicken Karahi

WITH OR WITHOUT YOGURT?

I know many people include yogurt but OH MY GOD! you have to try the without yogurt recipe. However, if you think this recipe is too spicy for your taste you’re more than welcome to add 1/4 yogurt only in that situation, which I think there won’t be point but just in case.

Authentic Chicken Karahi

TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST AND THE MOST AUTHENTIC CHICKEN KARAHI?

  • The masala is the most essential part. Be sure you dry roast the masala and let it cool down before adding to the mortar & pestle or an electric spice grinder. 
  • Add only two fresh tomatoes, the rest will be tomato paste that will be going in our karahi. by doing that you will packing a alot  of flavor in your Karahi.
  • Add chicken cube, I can’t tell you how much flavor this add to your karahi.

Authentic Chicken Karahi

Authentic  Chicken Karahi – Pakistani is one of mine best recipes. I’m extremely proud of it. We have a lot of Pakistani traditional recipes on our blog like: Authentic Kofta Curry (Meatball Curry) , Authentic Mutton Karahi , and  Paya Curry (Mutton Trotters)  . If you have any questions about our recipes, techniques, recipe request, or you just want to say hi! Please feel free to message us and As always, if you try any of our recipes be sure to tag us on instagram @twoclovesinapot. Find us on Pinterest too, @twoclovesinapot. Please subscribe to our newsletter. We value honest feedback.

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5 from 4 votes

Authentic Chicken Karahi

Authentic Chicken Karahi is a tomato based curry but you don’t want to include a lot of tomatoes, just the right amount. The seasonings and spices do their chemistry in order to bring an authentic flavor to your table.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
Keyword: authentic, authentic chicken karahi, buffalo chicken pizza, chicken karahi, karahi, pakistani style chicken karahi, pakistani style karahi
Calories:
Author: Sarah Mirza

Ingredients

Karahi Masala

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 dried long red pepper break apart
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds

Karahi

  • 1 lbs chicken with bone
  • cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 5 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • 1 serrano peppers slit
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 2 black cardamom
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 3 tbsp tomatoes paste
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ bunch cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • a pinch garam masala
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 chicken stock cube Maggie chicken flavored bouillon
  • cilantro finely chopped (for garnish)
  • fresh lemon juice (for garnish)
  • ginger (julienne) for garnish
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions

Masala Karahi

  • In a fry pan, on medium heat, dry roast dried red pepper, corinander seeds, black peppercorn, cumin seeds. Cool it down for 5 minutes and crush them in a mortar & pestle or a coffee grinder. Set aside. 

Karahi

  • In a wok, on medium heat, add oil, and add in the slit seranno pepper, black cardamom, green cardamon pods, and cinnamon stick. Keep stirring as it sizzles for one minute.
  • Next add the onion, sauté it until they get translucent (make sure they don't turn brown).
  • Add ginger garlic paste and mix it for 30 seconds.
  • Next add chicken and 3 tsp Karahi Masala (that you made earlier) and mix well for 2-4 minutes.
  • Once the chicken is no longer pink (That's like 25% cooked).
  • Add 2 finely chopped tomatoes, and mix well.
  • Cook it on medium heat for 7-10 minutes stirring occasionally until tomatoes are all infused. well with the chicken and the oil separates.
  • Now turn the stove on low for the next step.
  • Add 2 tbsp tomato paste, 1-1/2 tsp of karahi crushed masala (there shouldn't be any karahi masala left), red chili powder, salt, 1 tbsp lemon juice, garam masala powder, 1/2 bunch cilantro, water, chicken cube, 1/3 cup of water, and coriander powder. Mix everything well.
  • Now turn the stove on medium heat.
  • Let it cook for 20 minutes.
  • Now cover the wok and let it cook for 15 min on low.
  • Add 1 more tbsp tomato paste and mix well.
  • Cook it open it on low heat for 5 minutes. 
  • If it's getting too dry add 1/4 cup of water if necessary. (optional step)
  • Mix it well.
  • Garnish with ginger and cilantro. 
  • Squeeze fresh lemon on top. 
  • Serve it hot with naan.

 

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Mahvish Shah
Mahvish Shah
6 months ago

5 stars
I am a foodie person had many karahis in my life but this is a must try very easy steps doesn’t take long and a authentic desi karahi very delicious chicken is tender enough the gravy and sauce is right amount not too dry

Katie E
Katie E
4 months ago

This looks great! I’m going to try making it tonight, but one quick question: I understand the chicken is with the bone, but is it skinned? Or do you leave the skin on? I am inclined to skin the chicken before cooking…

Katie E
Katie E
2 months ago
Reply to  Sarah Mirza

My husband loves this recipe! I have made it at least 3 times and we’re having it for dinner again tonight. It comes out great every time. The first couple of times I made it, it was a little dry, but I think that’s because I don’t have a karahi or wok, so the oil was all spread out in a larger pan and didn’t cook the whole spice masala the same way it should have. Tonight, I used a smaller saucier to start with the oil, Serrano pepper, and whole spices, and then transferred it to the larger pot… Read more »

Sephora Hassan
Sephora Hassan
3 months ago

5 stars
Always thought couldn’t ever make the perfect karahi at home, THIS recipe changed it all

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