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Country Chicken Curry (Desi Chicken Curry)

Desi chicken curry recipe (country chicken curry recipe) is a delectable spicy curry /gravy preparation of country chicken aka desi chicken (natti kozhi or desi murgh) in spices and mustard oil.  Desi chicken curry pairs best with rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Marination Time1 hr
Total Time40 mins
Course: Curries, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 256kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz


To prepare desi chicken curry:

  • 900 g Country Chicken (Desi wala murgh) cut in pieces.
  • 2 Medium Onions roughly chopped
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 1 ½ inch Ginger
  • 2-3 Green chillies
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp Methi seeds
  • 1 Large Tomato grated/blended
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder (+1 teaspoon for marinade)
  • 1 ½ tsp Coriander powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 5 tbsp mustard oil

To make masala powder:

  • 6 cloves
  • 5 green cardamoms
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 1.5 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 ½ tsp black pepper corn.


  • First, marinate the chicken with 1 teaspoon turmeric (haldi), salt and pepper.
  • Cover and allow it to marinate for one hour, refrigerate it.
  • Now, grind onions, chillies, ginger, garlic and mustard seeds to fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan or kadai until it’s hot and smoky.
  • Add marinated chicken and fry for 3-4 minutes to seal the juices of the chicken.
  • Take it out on plate and keep aside.
  • In the same oil, add bay leaf, methi seeds and fry for few seconds.
  • Then, add onion masala paste and sauté on high flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Once the onion masala paste coooks well, add tomato and cook for another 2-3 minutes
  • Then,add chicken ,coriander powder, turmeric and red chilli powder. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Next, add ground powder, water as per the required consistency and season with salt. Cover and cook until done. Finally, add lemon juice and mix.
  • The Country chicken is ready to be served. Dish out and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice and salad on the side


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.1mg