Karahi Chicken ( Bangladeshi style)

The winter days seems so long, the need to cook something spicy snd comforting seems to be the need of the hour every weekend.The only way I have discovered to keep the winter blue at bay is to cook up a storm in the kitchen.The desire to try something new settled like a comfortable ache inside, browsing through hundreds of pictures on Pinterest almost set the hunger pangs on a rhythmic beat , dished out this recipe of Bangladeshi Chicken curry, the color and the spice level in the picture was stimulation enough to start cooking and here I am , happy to have tried the recipe, the need for ‘second helping’ reason enough to make it a staple in my recipe box collection for the future. The South Indian idli’s along with the Bangladeshi ‘Karahi /Kadai’ (another name for wok or a deep dish it is cooked in) Chicken were a hit at home !





Karahi Chicken ( Bangladeshi style)

Karahi Chicken ( Bangladeshi style)

Recipe by Maya Shetty
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  • 1 whole Chicken ( cut into desired size pieces)

  • 2 Onions (large)  ( sliced lengthwise)

  • 3 tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste

  • 5 -6 Green Chillies (cut lengthwise)

  • 3 (pureed) Tomatoes

  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder

  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil

  • 1/2 tbsp Fenugreek Seeds

  • 10 -12 Cashew Nuts (soaked and ground into a fine paste)

  • Salt – to taste

  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar

  • For Spice Powder :
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds/powder

  • 6 -7 Green cardamom

  • 6 -7 Cloves

  • 1 tsp Peppercorns

  • To Garnish :
  • A few Coriander Leaves

  • 1 tbsp Kasturi Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)


  • Clean and Cut Chicken into small pieces.
  • Dry roast all the ingredients mentioned under the ‘for the spice powder’ until fragrant on a low flame and keep it aside.
  • Grind the dry roasted spices into a fine powder.
  • Puree the Tomatoes and keep them aside.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan, splutter Fenugreek seeds.
  • Saute Ginger-Garlic paste until fragrant.
  • Add finely chopped Onions and fry them until translucent.
  • Add 1/2 the amount of ground Spice powder, Turmeric, Red Chilli Powder, slit Green chillies and mix well.
  • Add Tomato Puree to the above Mix and give a quick stir.
  • Leave this on a low flame until raw flavor disappears and oil separates from the curry.
  • Now add Chicken pieces, salt and enough water for the chicken to cook.
  • Cover and cook until chicken turns soft and tender.
  • Finally, add ground Cashew paste, Sugar into the gravy and simmer it on a low flame for few minutes.
  • Finally, sprinkle the remaining freshly ground Spice Powder and give a quick stir.
  • Garnish it with Coriander Leaves and Kasturi Methi.
  • Serve hot with any type of rice dishes like Pulaos, Biriyanis or Steamed Rice.
  • Goes well with Roti, Naan, Parathas, Chapatis, Kulchas,Idli’s etc.,


  • Can marinate the chicken pieces with turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder and 2 tbsp of curd for 30 minutes.
  • Adding freshly ground Spice Powder gives an enhanced flavor to the dish.

For similar spicy Chicken curries of mine made using a  karahi/kadai/wok, which was published earlier, please follow the below links :

  1. Chicken Bhuna recipe – https://stirringmyspicysoul.com/2017/03/04/chicken-bhuna/
  2. .Chicken Ghee Roast (exclusive Mangalorean style) -https://stirringmyspicysoul.com/2015/11/25/chicken-ghee-roast-exclusively-mangalorean-style/
  3. Chettinad Chicken Roast – https://stirringmyspicysoul.com/2015/07/25/chettinad-chicken-roast/
  4. Nilgiris Chicken Kurma – https://stirringmyspicysoul.com/2012/04/25/nilgiris-chicken-kurma/
  5. Chicken Karahi ( Lahori Version ) -https://stirringmyspicysoul.com/2015/04/26/chicken-karahi-lahori-version/

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  1. This chicken sounds amazing! Adding to my recipes to try list. It is so hard to come up with new ways to make chicken, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thank you , for stopping by my blog and checking my blog post and leaving a kind word. Please do try the recipe and let me know how it turned out for you, it is delicious.Feel free to check out some other chicken recipes I have posted on my blog too, all of them are tried and tested. Enjoy!