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Bhuna Chicken Recipe

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  • 500 gms Chicken (with bones)

For the Marination:

  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

For Bhuna Masala:

  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Peppercorns
  • 3 nos Cloves
  • 4 nos Green Cardamom (only seeds)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 nos Dry Red Chillies (halved)

Other Ingredients:

  • 3 medium Onions (chopped, around 200 gms)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 3 medium Tomato Purée
  • 3 tbsp Curd (plain yogurt, whisked)
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 3 tbsp Coriander Leaves (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 3 tbsp Refined Oil



  • Marinate the chicken with salt & turmeric powder, set aside for 30 mins.
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a pan and add the chicken pieces. Sear it on high heat for around 3-4 mins to seal the juices. Set aside.
  • To make the Bhuna Masala, dry roast the whole spices in a pan for 3 mins on low heat. Take it out on a plate to cool. Grind it into a masala powder in a grinder/blender.
  • Blend 3 chopped tomatoes into a purée in a blender.
  • Chop the onions and the coriander leaves, whisk the curd/yogurt.


  • Heat oil in a kadai/pan.
  • Add the cumin seeds and the halved red chillies.
  • Give a stir and add the chopped onions. Mix it well and add 1/2 tsp salt. Fry the onions on medium heat for 10 mins till brown.
  • Reduce heat to low and add the ginger garlic paste. Fry on low heat for 2 mins and then add the tomato purée. Mix and continue to fry it on medium heat for 2 mins till oil separates.
  • Add the fried chicken and mix & fry it on high heat for 1 min.
  • Now add the red Chilli powder and the Bhuna Masala. Mix it well and bhunno/fry it on medium heat for around 3 mins. Add a splash of water to prevent it from burning.Continue to bhunno/fry on low heat for another 3 mins.
  • Reduce heat to low/switch off heat and add the whisked yogurt. Mix well and switch on heat on low. Continue to cook on low heat for 2 mins.
  • Mix and cover & cook on low heat for 10 mins. ( Give a stir after 5 mins)
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, mix well and simmer for a minute or two.
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