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Hyderabadi Chicken Curry | Spicy Andhra Chicken Curry

Weekends seriously makes me go nuts. Having a hungry husband and skipping breakfast has become a norm here. I know its not at all healthy but we end up waking late and hence rush to do lunch. My husband loves and awaits to have a hot home cooked meal over the weekend and hence I try to cook something interesting for him. Last week I was on the lookout for a traditional and yet home cooked chicken curry and to my surprise I found one from a fellow blogger and you know what happened :-) dished it out. When I read her post I was sure that this is the one I wanted to try. Its a recipe shared by her friend and I just want to thank them both for this amazing recipe. Needless to say that Hyderabadi cuisine is known for its marriage of flavors and spicy dishes. I've dished out few other hyderabadi recipes like the Hyderabadi mutton biryani and the Mirchi ka salan

Although being a food blogger you always want to do something that's your own, its not a bad idea to try someone's recipe, you'll be surprised to see the comments from your family. Like my husband said this after his meal "Nowadays I don't feel like having chicken outside  My wife cooks the best chicken curry, why would I?" Now tell me which wife would not love to hear this 
:-). So this is the reason and excitement behind this curry. Sayantani has taken much great pictures and trust me they are all drool-worthy. Try this curry for yourself and you will keep making it quite often. Love

Recipe Source - A homemaker's diary
Serves - 4 
Cook & Prep time - 40 mins


For Marination
Chicken - ½ kg or 1 baby chicken, medium pieces with or without skin
Yogurt/curd - 1/3 cup
Salt - a little
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp

For Spice powder
Whole spices - Green cardamom 2 pieces, Cinnamon -1” piece, Cloves - 4
Cumin - ½ tsp
Coriander seeds- 11/2 tsp
Black pepper-½ tsp
Oil- ½ tsp

For spice paste
Dry chillies - 6 as per your heat tolerance (soak in warm water for 10 minutes)
Ginger - 1” piece
Garlic - 6-7 fat cloves
Poppyseeds  - 2 tsps

For the curry base 
Onion - 2 big onions (light pink)
Tomato - 1 large, chopped fine
Chili powder: 1  tsp
Whole garam masala: 2 cloves, 5-6 peppercorns, little mace and ½” piece cinnamon
Red food color/ Kashmiri chilli powder - 1/2 tsp 
Oil: 4-5 tbsp

  • Wash chicken in cold running water for 2 minutes and drain the excess water. Add the yogurt, pinch of salt and the chili powder. Mix well, cover and set aside.
  • Take a kadhai or a pan and heat ½ tsp oil. Roast all the spices under spice powder on low heat for 2 minutes. Switch off flame and let it cool, later grind to a fine powder. Grind all the ingredients under spice paste and set aside.
  • Heat the rest of the oil in a big wok or kadhai. Add the whole spice powder and you will see it release more flavor, on medium flame add the sliced onions, pinch of salt and wait for it to turn golden brown for 3 minutes
  • Now add the ground paste, turmeric powder, kashmiri chili if using and cook it util the raw smell is gone and oil start to appear on sides. Add cut tomato and cover let it get cooked for another 4-5 minutes till tomato is mushed up and again oil comes on the surface.
  • Add the chicken along with the marinade, cook it on medium flame by stirring and covering for another 10-12 minutes, the oil should separate on top. Now add 1 cup water and mix well and cook further until you have reached the desired consistency.
  • If you love your curry to be think simmer for 5 additional minutes. 
Serve hot with rice. This curry is finger-licking good

Cooks Wisdom 

- The original recipe calls for adding the paste at the second last step
- Frying onions brown adds more depth in flavor
- You can even skip the step of roasting the spices and adding them whole


  1. looks like you had a great lunch for this weekend :)

  2. Hi Priya, thanks a ton for your lovely comments no need to take any permission and so glad that you tried this recipe. am so honoured that you all liked it. and I must say you made it really well and the clicks are far better than mine. lovely presentation.

    1. :-) wow its lovely to see your comment, thanks a ton for the recipe and I am totally flattered :D

  3. This curry looks really delicious...Love the addition of the poppy seeds...will make the curry thicker :) Nice clicks :))

  4. Looks it...

  5. OMG...this is so delicious...i'm drooling....

  6. You are right Priya.. Every wife would love to hear such words from their husband.. Mine says sometime too.. ;)
    Anyways, Chicken curry looks yum!! Absolutely drool worthy... :)

  7. Looks fabulous Priya! will surely try this week. Nice post. thanks for sharing

  8. wow....yummy chisken curry.....lovely clicks...

  9. Ya even I drooled over her pics. The curry looks awesome

  10. looks awesome n wonderful clicks too..

  11. Wow creamy and delicious chicken curry,tempts me a lot..yum

  12. That's an creamy, spicy and full of flavour recipe.....

  13. Watelse we need, thats truly well deserved words Priya, obviously you are a happiest wife in the world na:)..Cant take my eyes from that flavourful chicken curry.

  14. Hot and spicy chicken curry, looks very delicious n tempting...lovely preparation!!


  16. Delicious chicken curry. Yes they are very nice words we want hear from our hubby.

  17. Priya,

    Wow I am drooling here. Wish I could grab that tangidi piece.

    BTW I have bookedmarked this and will surely let you know the outcome. I am sure its gonna rock.

  18. Thanks priya visiting my space and following u,I am already ur follower.


  19. hi priya

    the receipe is really yum, it is the accompainment brown rice, that must be a healthy combination then .wht was the brand of the rice.


    1. Hi Meena,

      Sorry I took ages to reply to you. I am not sure of the rice brand name, Any brown rice (Indian variety) should be good.


  20. Tried this recipe Priya. Turned out much better than I had even expected. Really thankful to have found this recipe. I recently happened to stumble upon another Chicken curry recipe, Coconut chicken curry and found that really interesting as well.

    1. Hi Mehul,

      Thank you so much for trying and sending me your feedback :) so happy to read your comments. Reminds me its been a while since I made this curry at home ;) should start preparing this for the weekend.


  21. Hi ladies.

    I cooked this curry for my husband and best friend for dinner last night. It was a new venture for me with grinding the spices and doing thing the long but traditional way. I however, Loved every minute of it.
    It was truly delicious and worth the time I spent in the kitchen. I added my own twist though, I added a handful of grated coconut into the chili, garlic and ginger paste. It turned out yummy!

    Thanks a million! I am cooking it again for my mum next week

  22. Hi Priya, i came across your recipe and tried this for the first time. It wasabsolutely perfect and my family loved every bit of it. thanks for posting it.


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