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Chicken Bhuna Masala Recipe Grubvineweb
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Chicken Bhuna Masala recipe

Chicken Bhuna Masala is North Indian preparation of Chicken cooked in a gravy mixed with roasted whole spices (not powdered). It is a rugged spicy dish usually prepared with scanty gravy with roasted whole spices visible on presentation.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time48 mins
Total Time1 hr 18 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Bhuna Chicken, Chicken Bhuna, Chicken Bhuna Masala, curry, gravy, Indian curry, recipe, whole spices
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 475kcal
Author: grubvineweb
Cost: 195 INR


  • 650 gram Chicken (Murgi)
  • 2 Onions (Pyaz)
  • 4 Tomatoes (Tamatar)
  • 1 inch Ginger (Adrak)
  • 15 cloves Garlic (Lehsun)
  • 2 Green Chilies (Hari Mirch)
  • 1 handful Coriander leaves (Dhania Patta)
  • 2 Bay leaves (Tez Patta)
  • 4 Green Cardamoms (Choti Elaichi)
  • 4 Cloves (Long)
  • 1 medium Cinnamon bark (Dalchini)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander (whole) (Sabut Dhania)
  • 1 teaspoon Black Peppercorns (Sabut Kali Mirch)
  • 4 Dried Red Chilies (Sabut Lal Mirch)
  • teaspoons Red Chili powder (Lal Mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala powder (Mixed Indian curry powder)
  • 1/3 cup Curd (Dahi)
  • Water as per requirement (Paani)
  • Mustard oil (Sarson ka tel)
  • Salt – as per taste (Namak)



  • Place a frying pan & turn on the gas, put 4 green Cardamoms, 1 stick of Cinnamon, 4 Cloves, 4 Dried Red Chilies, 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon Black Peppercorns, 1 teaspoon Coriander (whole) and dry roast over low flame. Once done, keep the spices aside to cool them down
  • Chop 1 inch of Ginger, then put them to a grinder jar, add Garlic cloves and grind down to a paste
  • Place the Chicken pieces in a bowl, add 1/3 cup Curd, 1 teaspoon Red Chili powder, ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon Cumin powder, 1 tablespoon ginger-Garlic paste, Salt as per taste and then marinate Chicken with all the spices. Set it aside for an hour
  • Chop 2 Onions & slit open 2 Green Chilies and keep aside for later
  • Roughly chop down two Tomatoes and put them in a grinder to make a paste


  • Place a Kadai (wok) and turn on the gas. Add Mustard oil & let it heat up. Once the oil turns hot, add 2 Bay leaves.
  • Add the chopped Onions and sauté for 8 minutes. Then add the roasted spices & mix well.
  • Add Ginger garlic paste, mix well till the mixture turns light brown.
  • Now, add the Tomato paste and some salt and mix together.
  • Cover the Kadai with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, open the lid and add ½ teaspoon Red Chili powder and Mix well.
  • Now add the marinated Chicken and coat the Chicken pieces with all the spices. Cover with a lid again and cook for 10 more minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, flip the Chicken pieces. Then add water for gravy (we used 1/3 cup) and cover the lid to cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Then add 1 teaspoon Garam Masala powder & add the slit Green Chilies. Mix well & let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes add chopped Coriander leaves and mix a little. Chicken Bhuna Masala should now be ready.



*Our Chicken Bhuna Masala recipe is a homegrown recipe and we do not associate with any individual or entity subscribing to its authenticity, as we strongly believe that authenticity of a dish is limited to a small nucleus limited to a family and their extensions.