Chicken Masala

I love the traditional chicken gravy preparations of Goa but I like to experiment with variations in the dishes to make food interesting.
Chicken Masala is a new kind of chicken preparation for me.I had tasted it once at my friends place and I was curious to know how she did it.
The recipe was a bit different for me so I did a bit of variations in the dish and turned out super yummy!!
Do try this :)

CHicken Masala Gravy

  • 500 gms of chicken, cut in pieces
  • 4 tbsp onion paste(deep fried onions ground to paste)
  • Masala (Dry roast a 6 tbsp coriander seeds,2 tbsp cumin seeds,1 inch piece of cinnamon, 4 cloves,2 red chillies, 4 black peppercorns and grind to a fine powder)
  • 2 tbsp of chicken Malvani Masala powder or any other Chicken Masala powder (store bought)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp cashew powder
  • 2 tbsp of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • cilantro for garnish
  • salt as per taste
For Marination:
  • a bunch of cilantro
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • small piece of ginger
  • 1 to 2 green chilies(as per your choice of spice)
  • 1tsp of turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp yogurt,beaten
  • salt as per taste
  • Wash chicken and keep aside.
  • Now grind together cilantro,green chillies,ginger,garlic,turmeric powder to a smooth paste with very little water.
  • Now add this to the cleaned chicken and add yogurt and salt. Let it sit for 2 hrs.
  • In a pan heat oil, add chopped onion and fry for 2 mins.
  • Add chicken with the marination mixture to this and cover and cook for 10 mins or till the chicken is 80% cooked.
  • Add the onion paste to this and cook for 2 mins.
  • To this add masala powder which you prepared by dry roasting and grinding.
  • Now add Malvani Masala powder to this mixture,whipping cream and cook for another 2 mins.
  • Add salt as per taste.
  • Just before you turn off the gas, add cashew powder.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve wit Pav/Une or rice of your choice.

  • I would recommend to use chicken pieces with bones here. If you use boneless chicken then taste will vary greatly.  
  • Please adjust the spice level as per your choice.
  • Add more water if you want gravy.
  • I don't have the recipe of Malvani Masala put up currently. If anyone is interested in recipe of Malvani Masala I shall put up a post for that soon.


  1. Good day Prasanna. THks for the recipe of Chicken Masala. Looks quite tempting with the Pau (Bread) Looks like Kadak Pau. Yes I would Like to have the recipe of Malvani Masala. Thks in Advance. Have a nice day :)

    1. Thank you for your interest in my recipes :) I will put up the recipe for Malvani Masala shortly :)

    2. Hey Vanita, I have put up Malvani Masala recipe. Please check.Thanks.


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