Indian Cooking Tips: How To Make Chicken Khubani Masala

Chicken curry is one of the most popular dishes in the Indian cuisine, have you tried this unique chicken khubani yet?

Aanchal Mathur  |  Updated: September 16, 2020 15:30 IST

Indian Cooking Tips: How To Make Chicken Khubani Masala

This yummy chicken curry with a melange of spices and apricots can be a delightful dish for dinner.

  • Chicken curries are a rage in India having a huge variety
  • Many chicken lovers like to experiment with the lean meat
  • Here is a unique chicken curry you can try at home

If you are a fan of Indian cuisine, you would know the wide range of lip-smacking curries it boasts of! Take any vegetable or meat and one can find at least five different curries from it. Chicken, for instance, is one of the most popular meats in the cuisine — all thanks to the innumerable chicken curries we are blessed with. The classic butter chicken, zesty chicken masala or the rich chicken korma, don't we slurp at just the mention of these? When paired with tandoori naan or rice, Indian chicken curries make for a delightful meal that is unmatched.

While you might have come across countless mouth-watering chicken curries that are popular across the world, but who doesn't like to experiment a little? If you are someone who likes to cook and experiment a little in the kitchen, we have the perfect recipe for you. Chicken khubani masala is a hearty blend of whole spices cooked with chicken along with the addition apricot (khubani). Yes, you read that right!

This yellowish-orange fleshy fruit, apricot is said to be one of the healthiest fruits in the world, with loads of benefits and is as popular raw as it is cooked. It is a rich source of vitamin A and fibre, and is also a highly versatile fruit that is most popularly eaten raw but is also added in cereals, parfaits, jams and preserves due to its sweet flavour. But this chicken curry will definitely change the way you look at apricots!

(Also Read: 8 Amazing Benefits of Apricot (khubani): The Nutritional Heavyweight Among Fruits)


Chicken khubani masala has chicken marinated in a pool of spices, including cinnamon and red chilli. It is then cooked in a curry made of spices and herbs such as bay leaf, cloves, cardamom, pepper corns and turmeric powder along with tomato puree and a puree made of dried apricots, soaked overnight. The chicken pieces are simmered well with dried apricot pieces and apricot water until the flavour has seeped in. The addition of curd and lemon balances the sweet flavour.

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Find the full recipe of chicken khubani masala here.

You can serve it with rice or roti. Try this unique chicken curry at home and let us know your experience in the comments section below.


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