Khara-Masala Chicken

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This recipe is quick and easy to make, has chicken and has a very unique delicious taste.

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All of you probably know that masala is the word used for ground spices and Khara literally translates to standing. Usually when someone mentions khara masala they just mean that most of the spices being used are either whole or coarsely ground. Interestingly enough this gives the meal a very different flavor as compared to when ground spices are used. The aroma is amazing and so are the flavors. Just one thing to know about this particular recipe is that its a bit on the spicy side as i use a number of hot spices and some fresh green chillies too. Make sure that you either use very small amounts or skip one or more of the spices to adjust according to the level of spices you can handle. If you plan to follow the exact recipe I have tried to keep the spices balanced so that its not too hot.

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Serves: 4


  • 1/2 kg chicken cut into small pieces.
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp whole cumin
  • 3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/4 tsp dry ginger powder/ soonth
  • 4-5 green onions/ scallions
  • /4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • a pinch of garam masala (adjust according to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/4 tsp crushed cumin
  • 1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1/2 inch ginger julienne.
  • Salt,  according to your taste
  • 2-3 tbsp roughly chopped cilantro


  1. Take an open faced pan or a wok. I used a wok as I feel its easier to handle.
  2. Turn the heat on medium to high.
  3. Heat oil in the pan and add cumin, garlic and the crushed red chilli pepper flakes.
  4. Saute for a minute and then turn the heat on high.
  5. Add the chicken and cook until all the water disappears.
  6. Add the turmeric, tomato puree, dry ginger powder (sonth) and the scallions/green onions. You can also use regular onions. I keep switching back and forth depending on whichever thing I have in my pantry. Saute for a minute or two.
  7. Whip the yogurt and throw it in the pan as well. Mix everything together.
  8. Turn the heat to medium, cover and let it cook for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Turn the heat back on high. Take the lid off and saute the chicken for 5 minutes .
  10. Add the ginger, green chillies, garam masala, cumin powder, chaat masala, black pepper and  cilantro. Mix just a little bit.
  11. Turn the heat on low and cover for 5 minutes.
  12. Serve warm.

This is a very quick recipe to make and usually a life saver when running late.

Aa jao bachon “khara masala chicken” tayyar hai !!!!


22 Comments Add yours

  1. Shandana says:

    I tried this and hubby found it super tasty! So happy. Keep posting! ❤

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    1. Awesome. So glad you and your hubby liked it Shandana:)


  2. Mariposaoro says:

    Another way to make tasty chicken!! 😀

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    1. Aww thank you:) yes this is very Pakistani style of making chicken:)

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      1. Mariposaoro says:

        Oh, so you’re Pakistani! Do you have any goat curry recipes?

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      2. Yeah hopefully ill upload some soon, I have so many recipes that I want to share:)

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      3. Mariposaoro says:

        That would be great!

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  3. Maria Khan says:

    This looks delicious and something I (the inexperienced cook who still looks up the daal chawwal recipe every time my mom asks me to make it) can possibly do! Pinned! Maybe I’ll impress my mom 😉

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    1. Haha you sound just like my daughter, she asks for recipes every single time as well. Thanks a lot and yeah do try it 🙂 I’m sure it will turn out good:)

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  4. sarahjmir says:

    totally just pinned this to make. I make a good khara mala gosht w beef, but this chicken version looks awesome!

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    1. Yaay. Thank you so much, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it turns out right:)


  5. Henna says:

    I love love love this! Looks like a wonderful jhat-phat recipe to have on hand!

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    1. Yeah my beti approved lol so you might like it too


  6. Peachy_Tales says:

    I mean it has the same procedures. But looks very different. I always come here to admire your food pics.I love them so much and also they are very motherly.So much motherly love.I feel that x

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    1. Aww you are so nice .. Yeah when you have kids all you young girls seems like that too

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  7. Peachy_Tales says:

    Omg the pictures are mind blowing esp the one where the steam is coming from the pan! Oh god now I am so hungry.Would love that chicken in bread lol Amazing recipe! Will definitely try it.So different from our usual Chicken curry x

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    1. Yeah this is a very different recipe from a curry. There is not much gravy in there. The spices give it a completely different flavor and i love the aroma too. Thank you so much .. 😍😍

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  8. Much love to you too ❤

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  9. Loved the recipe. I include khara masala and skip powdered masala when cooking chicken often. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much. And yeah I agree so much more flavor

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      1. Looking forward to more of your recipes 🙂

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      2. Love you dear, thank you so much! 😍😍

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