10 Best Indian Chicken Curry Recipes | Chicken Gravy Recipes

   |  Updated: January 04, 2018 17:04 IST

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10 Best Indian Chicken Curry Recipes | Chicken Gravy Recipes
  • A chicken curry is the ultimate crowd pleaser
  • The curry adopts distinct flavours as you walk across regional boundaries
  • It is a bold base that adds depth and interest to the any dish
If your definition of comfort food is chicken curry and rice then you will know the importance it holds among millions and millions of people. Whether it is butter chicken, kadhai chicken, chicken tikka masala, home-made chicken korma or chicken gravy recipe, each dish is unique and caters to different taste buds. Succulent chunks of chicken simmering leisurely in a feisty gravy, sending off an inviting aroma that just cannot be ignored. A chicken curry is the ultimate crowd pleaser and an absolute must-have on an Indian dinner party menu.

India boasts of various flavours of chicken curries from different regions. The great Indian 'kari', which stems from the word for sauce in Tamil, is known to have originated sometime during the ancient Indus civilization. Since then it has travelled beyond boundaries and created many fans across the globe. And Britain's love affair with 'curry' is no secret - chicken tikka masala is the most popular restaurant meal in England.

The curry adopts different flavours as you walk across regional boundaries. It is a bold base that adds depth and interest to the any dish. Robust, velvety, brilliantly buttery, creamy, tangy - every state boasts of a different version of chicken curry recipe. We love the versatility that Indian curries offer. In Northern and Eastern India, you'll be served a hearty curry bursting with garam masala and other spices along with crisp naans. As you move towards the west, warm notes of poppy-seeds, cardamom and khada masalas dominate the dish that sits atop a bed of steaming rice. From down South, comes a soothing coconut-y concoction with the addition of coconut milk.

The cooking medium of different chicken gravies also differ as per local tastes. For instance, ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil is used predominantly in North India and coconut oil lends it unique flavor to Southern curries. Mustard oil brightens up the curries from East and the West is known for the heavy use of sesame and groundnut oil.

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This Chicken Curry will leave you asking for more

The Basics of Making a Chicken Curry

You'll have to agree, cooking a chicken curry recipe is a skill. The meat should be cooked delicately and can be bathed, steeped, stewed or simmered in the gravy. Once the oil starts separating, you know your base is ready. It's good to cook the chicken separately and then add it to the base allowing the rich and redolent flavours to seep through. A perfect chicken gravy recipe in its full glory is nothing short of a masterpiece.

We're about to rock your world with the best chicken curry recipes.


Try out some of our favourites:

1. Spicy Malvani Chicken Curry
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

A fiery curry with a coconut base. The highlight of this chicken curry is the freshly-made malvani masala.

spicy chickenThis Chicken Curry Recipe is a fiery curry with coconut base

2. Chicken Tikka Masala
Recipe by Chef Manju Malhi

This is one of the most ordered restaurant meal across the globe. Need we say more?

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chicken tikka masala
This chicken gravy is one of the most ordered dish in restaurants across the globe

3. Butter Chicken
Recipe by Chef R John, Moti Mahal, Daryaganj, New Delhi

This one's a keeper. Marinated overnight, the chicken is roasted and cooked in tomato puree, cream and masalas. Here's a brilliant from one of the most popular restaurants in the Capital.

butter chicken
Butter Chicken is one of the best chicken curry recipes you can ever have

4. Nimbu aur Hari Mirch ka Murg
Recipe by Chef Meraj Ul Haque, Foodistan

A squeeze of lime makes everything better. Chicken laced with a taste-bud tingling mix highlighted with lime and green chillies.
lemon chicken
Chicken laced with a taste-bud tingling mix highlighted with lime and chillies

5. Chicken Stew with Appam
Recipe by Chef Joey Mathew

A lovely curry made with distinct flavor of coconut milk and coconut oil. The curry is best served with appam, a southern-style rice pancake. (Recipe Video)
chicken stew
This chicken curry is made with distinct flavour of coconut milk 

6. Murg Rezala
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

A popular Bengali curry, this curry is rich and robust. Made with boneless chicken, cashew nut paste, khoya and coconut, Murg Rezala is an absolute treat.
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Murg Rezala is one of the best Bengali Chicken curry recipe

7. Sali Marghi
Recipe by Chef Darius M Dorabjee

Sali Marghi is an age-old Parsi preparation. Chicken cooked in a tangy tomato gravy and topped with crisp, fried potato strings.
sali marghi
Sali Marghi is an age old chicken curry recipe that is popular among Parsis

8. Chicken Do Pyaaza
Recipe by Chef Marut Sikka

This recipe uses double the quantity of onions used in a regular curry, thus the name. A Punjabi favourite with freshly-made garam masala, ginger-garlic, kasoori methi, cream and a host of spices. The use of onion imparts a subtle sweetness which is balanced with a variety of spices.

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chicken do pyaza
Out of all the chicken gravy recipes, this is the spiciest of them all

9. Chicken Xacuti
Recipe by Chef Tara Deshpande

Xacuti is a Goan delicacy. It is a very spicy curry with chicken chunks cooked in a medley of local flavours like coconut, cashews and white poppy-seeds.
chicken xacuti
Xacuti is a Goan delicacy and makes for the best local dishes you would want to try

10. Kolhapuri Chicken Curry
Recipe by Chef Anish Padgaonkar, The Oberoi Mumbai, Khandahar

Chicken curry cooked with a special Kolhapuri masala that uses bold flavours of peanut oil, bay leaf, black pepper and cloves.

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kolhapuri chickenChicken curry cooked with a special Kolhapuri masala is something you must try

If you have been craving for a plate of chicken curry and rice, you know now how to dish out a plate at the comfort of your home and within a few minutes. It is simple and doesn't require much effort, and the flavours are sure to bowl you over.

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