How To Make Kadai Chicken At Home

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The Indian cuisine is much more than chicken tikka masala and tandoori chicken. It is filled with gem recipes that are absolutely delicious. One such gem is the Kadai chicken recipe. It is a chicken made with onions, bell peppers, tomato puree, chilies, and roasted spices.

Kadai Chicken

The roasted spice mix or as we call it, Kadai masala, is the MC of this recipe. The roasted spices add an unbelievable aroma to the chicken and make it about 10 times more flavorful. The key here is to use whole spices, roasting them on the spot, and then grinding them to a fine powder. You don’t have to be an expert comic to roast the spices, a pan will do.

To make Kadai chicken, dry roast and grind the spices for the Kadai masala. Then, heat some oil in a pan and cook onions in it. After that, add ginger-garlic paste, Kadai masala, green chilies, and water to it and bring to a boil. Then, add tomato puree, chicken, cashew paste, and salt to it. Cook it with a lid on and then add onions and bell peppers to it. Lastly, garnish it with fenugreek.

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Kadai Chicken recipe

Kadai Chicken Recipe

Kadai chicken is made with onions, bell peppers, tomato puree, chilies, and roasted spices. The roasted spices make the dish special and the spice mix is called kadai masala.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 170 kcal


  • Pan
  • Blender


  • 500 g Chicken
  • 3 medium Tomatoes
  • 3 medium Onion (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 Green Chillies (chopped)
  • 2 each Onions and Green Bell Peppers (cut into thick pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons Cashew Paste
  • 2 teasppoons Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Fenugreek

For Kadai Masala

  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Seeds
  • 10-12 Black Peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4 Red Chilies


  • In a preheated pan, add coriander seeds, black peppercorns, cumin, bay leaf, and red chilies. Dry roast the spices until fragrant.
  • After that, let the spices cool down. Then, grind them to a fine powder and transfer to a bowl.
  • Make a puree of the tomatoes using a blender and place them in a different bowl.
  • Now, take a preheated pan to add 3 tbsp oil and let it heat.
  • Add chopped onions to it and cook them.
  • Then, add ginger garlic paste, half a cup water, green chillies, and above ground spice mixture.
  • Bring it to a boil and then, add the tomato puree and chicken in the mixture.
  • Add some salt to season the chicken.
  • Now, add cashew nut paste and the remaining half cup of water to it.
  • Cover it with a lid and cook it on a medium flame for about 25 minutes until chicken is cooked and the gravy becomes smooth.
  • Add onion and green bell peppers in the mixture and cook them for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from heat and garnish the chicken with fenugreek (locally known as kasuri methi).
  • Serve hot with roti and rice.


Kadai Chicken Recipe | Chef Sanjyot Keer  | Your Food Lab


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 400mg
Keyword Indian, Indian Cuisine, Kadai Chicken
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