Chicken Karhaai Recipe -
Chicken Karhaai Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Chicken Karhaai

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"This is one of the most popular chicken dishes. An extremely easy and flavorful chicken dish with just a few simple ingredients. Traditionally for this dish the chicken is cut into 16 pieces (usually by the butcher) but you can make it with bigger pieces as well. The spiciness of the dish can be varied by increasing or decreasing the amount of black pepper and green chile in the recipe to suit your taste."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    55 mins


  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pan. Lightly brown the chicken on all sides in the oil. Turn heat to low, then stir in the tomato, ginger paste, serrano peppers, crushed peppercorn, and salt. Cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Pour in the water and turn the pieces of chicken over. Cover, and continue cooking until the chicken is done, about 15 minutes more, adding additional water as necessary.
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Sep 21, 2010

key ingredients that are missing: fresh ginger: cut into matchsticks: 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup Haldi powder (turmeric): yellow spice common to pakistani and indian cooking. 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar: 1.5 teaspoons Tomatoes... for 4 pounds of chicken you need at least 8 to 10 large tomatoes fine ground black pepper: adds real authentic flavor to start off with blend all the tomatoes in a blender till its fully crushed in a saucepan or large frying pan heat oil till hot and add tomatoes coook till fully reduced and the color of your tomatoes is a deep red. this step will reduce your cooking time. now that your tomatoes are simmering take a large pot and heat oil in it. when mostly hot add the fresh ginger paste, 2 tablespoons are enough for 4 pounds of chicken. stir the ginger around in the oil so that you can release the flavours of the ginger. after one minute, add all the chicken... your ginger should not burn or change color. stir the chicken till its no longer pink on all sides using a large wooden spoon. add salt, Turmeric or Haldi powder, and black pepper. A few splashes of water can be added to give a light gravy... cook till meat is 3/4 cooked. stir in the cooked tomatoes to chicken. add chilies whole,cover and cook on low heat about 10 minutes. uncover and add ginger and cilantro. stir till combined. add vinegar, stir, remove from heat and serve. NOW its a 5 star recipe... all pepers can be adjusted to liking, jalapenos r better.

Jul 09, 2010

It has good taste for American friends but if you're trying to impress a Pakistani husband or Indian friend this is not your recipie.


7 Ratings

Oct 16, 2006

I made several mistakes with this recipe. My pepper grinder broke so I tried to use a mortar and pestle to grind the peppercorns. That's not a great idea, let me tell you. My peppercorns stayed virtually whole so I had to pick them out while I ate it. That would of course be my fault, and not the recipe. I used one serrano and tasted it. IT WAS HOT! To save the meal, I threw in a can of light coconut milk (my cure-all for asian recipes that get to spicy). It was very tasty. Next time I'll have a pepper grinder that works and I'll start with less hot pepper. Of course, it was quite so delicious that I may add the coconut milk anyway.

Jul 29, 2007

It had a nice flavor from the pepper and ginger but it was a little too plane for me.

Jul 14, 2007

This in one of my favorite recipes. I tried this in an Indian restaurant and it was really yummy! So I came to all recipes and this one fits really nice. I also serve this with rice (spanish works well) and I also added some cabbage to mine! Totally yummy indian recipe! Try it!


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  • Calories
  • 735 kcal
  • 37%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.9 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 227 mg
  • 76%
  • Fat
  • 54.7 g
  • 84%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 56.5 g
  • 113%
  • Sodium
  • 407 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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