Chicken Korma!

Korma is a gravy dish – of vegetables or meat – prepared with yogurt and nuts, usually almonds or cashews.  It is a moghul dish that is quite popular where I come from.  Hyderabad, a city near where I grew up, was under Nizam rule – with roots in Moghul Empire – and hence has many influences of moghul culture…especially cuisine (  Hyderabad biryani is the most popular dish).  Potato korma and chicken korma were made quite often at our home and my mom’s potato korma with sorghum roti was my favorite. Poori (a deep-fried bread) and chicken korma, kids’ favorite, for dinner tonight to celebrate end of school year.



  • 1  whole chicken cut up in small pieces (around 3 lbs)
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • 2 medium onion diced
  • 2 tomatoes (optional) diced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 3 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder (or less if you want it less spicy)
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/3 cup fresh shredded coconut
  • 20-25 almonds or cashews
  • 1 tsp garam masala


  1. Wash chicken and marinate in yogurt, salt, chilli powder and coriander powder.  Chicken can be marinated over night or for about half hour.
  2. Heat oil and when it’s hot add diced onion and green chillies
  3. Cook until onions are nicely browned.  Add ginger-garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes away … around 30 seconds
  4. If you are using tomatoes add them now and cook until tomatoes soften
  5. Add the marinated chicken and cook on high heat until chicken is browned on all sides…around 5 minutes
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pot and let the chicken cook for another 10 minutes
  7. Grind coconut and nuts to a smooth paste; add the paste to the chicken and mix well; add 1 cup of water and bring to boil (add more water if the sauce seems too thick)
  8. Add garam masala, cover and cook in low heat for a few minutes
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice or roti
  10. For avocado rotis that you can serve with this please click here

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