Marinated pieces of chicken thighs cooked with the aroma of kasoori methi. This chicken recipe is just the perfect dish to prepare for a winter brunch or dinner party paired with hot naan or chapati.



·         3 chicken thighs (cut into small chunks)

For the Marination:

·         2 tsp garlic paste

·         1 tsp ginger paste

·         1 tsp salt

·         to taste red chilli powder

·         1 lemon (juiced)

For Making Base:

·         1 cinnamon stick

·         1 black cardamom

·         3-4 green cardamom

·         A little bit of mace

·         1 bay leaf

·         2 cloves

·         2 tbsp garlic paste

·         2 tsp ginger paste

·         1 cup kasoori methi (soaked in 1 cup water, drained)

·         1 cup yogurt mix

·         4 tomatoes, chopped

·         Brown onion paste

·         4 green chillies, finely chopped

·         Water

For Making Onion Paste:

·         1 large onion, sliced

·         2 tbsp ghee

For the Yogurt Mix:

·         1 cup yogurt

·         A pinch of Salt

·         A pinch of Turmeric

·         1 tbsp coriander powder

·         1 tsp red chilli powder



Prepare Marination:

1. In a bowl add garlic paste, ginger paste, salt, red chilli powder and lemon juice. Mix well.

2. Add the chicken chunks. Mix well with hands. 

3. Keep in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Making the Onion Paste:

1. In a pan add 2 Tbsp ghee. 

2. Fry the sliced onions till dark-golden brown. Drain. Do not throw away the ghee. The same pan will be used to make the gravy.

3. With a tablespoon of water make a fine paste of these onions. Keep aside.

Preparing the Yogurt Mix:

In a cup of yogurt add some salt, turmeric, coriander powder and red chilli powder. Mix well. Keep aside.

Prepare the base:

1. In the same pan in which the onions were fried, add cinnamon, black cardamom, green cardamom, mace, bay leaf and cloves. Let them release the aroma.

2. Now add garlic paste and ginger paste. Saute.

3. Add soaked and drained kasoori methi. Saute for 2 minutes or till the kasoori methi releases its distinct aroma.

4. Add the yogurt mix. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

5. Add chopped tomatoes. Cook till the tomatoes wilt and release oil on the sides.

6. Add the onion paste, green chillies. Saute for 1 minute.

7. Add some water to liquify the base. Add the marinated chicken.

8. Cook till the chicken is well done, roughly 30-35 minutes.

Serve the Methi Chicken with a crisp roti or naan.

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