Mughlai Chicken Korma

Mughlai Chicken Korma –  is a royal recipe coming from the city of Lucknow, UP (Northern India). The Mughlai Cuisines are famous for there non-vegetarian(meat) recipes along with rich aromatic gravies with heavy use of spices, yogurt and cream. These recipes were usually made for the kings, hence they use a lot of nuts and aromatic ingredients apart from all the other ingredients used.

Chicken-Korma

Traditionally the Mughlai Chicken Korma recipe was made using special heavy bottom utensils made out of copper over coal/wood burners cooking for hours. There was two purpose for it:
  • First: It used to not burn the utensil while longer cooking hours.
  • Second: the minerals from cooking utensils were good for the body and absorbed in the food while cooking.
But as years passed by, we have customized the recipes keeping in mind time, availability & effort.
So gone are the heavy utensils and cooking for ours but we are not substituting on taste at all. This Mughlai Chicken Korma tastes as delicious but ready in under 40 minutes.
Serves: 4
Serving Suggestion: Can be served with Roti’s or Rice
Tools:
1 Large nonstick wok
1 Small nonstick Pan
Electric Grinder – For dry grinding
Ingredients:
Sauteed Onion Paste

1 lb. Boneless Chicken – Cut into bite size pieces
2 Medium Onions – chopped
1½ Cups Yogurt
1 tbsp Ginger+Garlic Paste
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
3 Green Chilies – Deseeded & chopped
3 Tbsp Coriander leaves – finely chopped
3 Tbsp Mint leaves – finely chopped
6 Tbsp Mustard Oil – You may use any other oil of choice

2 Cups of Water

Spice Mix:
½ Tsp Turmeric Powder
2 Tsp Red Chili Powder – Optional if you want to reduce spiciness
½ Tsp Garam Masala Powder
½ Tsp Black Pepper Powder
2 Small Cinnamon Sticks
3-4 Green Cardamoms
2 Cloves
3 Bay Leaves
Salt – as per taste
Roasted Nuts:
(7 almonds, 6 peanuts and 1 Tsp poppy seeds)
Method:
  1. Heat small nonstick pan on high, add 2 tbsp oil and add onions, sauté for 1-2min on high flame. Reduce flame to medium and sauté till the onions are brown and caramelized (5-6min). Switch off the flame and cool completely.
  2. Using an electric grinder, grind the “roasted nuts” to a fine powder.
  3. Using an electric grinder, grind the cold sauteed onions to a fine and smooth paste.  (Pic 2)
  4. Heat a large nonstick wok, add 3tbsp oil, add cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and bay leaves. Saute for ½ min.
  5. To the above wok, add onion paste, ginger/garlic paste, turmeric, red chili, garam masala, black pepper, lemon juice and salt to taste.  Keep sauteing for 2mins on medium flames.
  6. Now add chicken and saute for 5 minutes, till the chicken is slightly cooked.
  7. Now add Yogurt and saute for a minute.
  8. Add 2 cups of water and cover with lid and let it simmer for 20min on low heat. (Stir occasionally)
  9. Add the powdered nuts, green chilies, coriander and mint leaves.
  10. Cook for another 15min OR until the oil starts to separate.
  11. Serve Hot.

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Mughlai Chicken Korma

2 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

32 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

1 lb. Boneless Chicken – Cut into bite size pieces?

2 Medium Onions - chopped?

1½ Cups Yogurt?

1 tbsp Ginger+Garlic Paste?

2 Tbsp Lemon Juice?

3 Green Chilies – Deseeded & chopped - optional

?3 Tbsp Coriander leaves - finely chopped?

3 Tbsp Mint leaves - finely chopped?

6 Tbsp Mustard Oil – You may use any other oil of choice

2 Cups of Water

 

Spice Mix:

½ Tsp Turmeric Powder

2 Tsp Red Chili Powder – Optional if you want to reduce spiciness

½ Tsp Garam Masala Powder

½ Tsp Black Pepper Powder

2 Small Cinnamon Sticks

3-4 Green Cardamoms

2 Cloves

3 Bay Leaves

Salt – as per taste

Roasted Nuts:

7 Almonds

6 Peanuts

1Tsp Poppy Seeds

 

Instructions

    Making the Onion Paste:
  1. Heat small nonstick pan on high, add 2 tbsp oil.
  2. Add onions, sauté for 1-2min on high flame.
  3. Reduce flame to medium and sauté till the onions are brown and caramelized (5-6min).
  4. Switch off the flame and cool completely.
  5. Using an electric grinder, grind the "roasted nuts" to a fine powder.
  6. Using an electric grinder, grind the cold sauteed onions to a fine and smooth paste.  (Pic 2)
  7. Making the Chicken:
  8. Heat a large nonstick wok, add 3tbsp oil, add cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and bay leaves. Saute for ½ min.
  9. To the above wok, add onion paste, ginger/garlic paste, turmeric, red chili, garam masala, black pepper, lemon juice and salt to taste.  Keep sauteing for 2mins on medium flames.
  10. Now add chicken and saute for 5 minutes, till the chicken is slightly cooked.
  11. Now add Yogurt and saute for a minute.
  12. Add 2 cups of water and cover with lid and let it simmer for 20min on low heat. (Stir occasionally)
  13. Add the powdered nuts, green chilies, coriander and mint leaves.  
  14. Cook for another 15min OR until the oil starts to separate.
  15. Serve Hot.
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Calories
26472 cal
Fat
2263 g
Carbs
998 g
Protein
990 g


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83 Replies to "Mughlai Chicken Korma"

  • comment-avatar
    faseela May 27, 2012 (2:35 pm)
    wow....yummy n creamy korma....
  • comment-avatar
    Molly Kumar May 30, 2012 (6:53 am)
    Thanks Faseela
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    www.oliviajasonkim.com August 6, 2012 (12:58 am)
    that gravy looks really good. might have to try that some time! keep up the good work. ^^
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar August 6, 2012 (5:38 am)
      Thanks and glad you liked it.
      Do try and lemme know whether everyone liked it at home :)
  • comment-avatar
    Erin @ Platings and Pairings August 28, 2015 (1:39 am)
    The spice combination of this dish sounds absolutely amazing. Yummy!
  • comment-avatar
    Platter Talk August 28, 2015 (1:57 am)
    We love chicken and this looks like a great new recipe for us to try. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!
  • comment-avatar
    Renee August 28, 2015 (2:58 am)
    This looks like it would be so tasty and full of flavor!
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    CiaoFlorentina August 28, 2015 (3:42 am)
    This is something Ive never had before. Looks so comforting and rustic. My style !
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (7:19 am)
      It' a comfortfood curry for us - definitely rustic. Glad you liked it :)
  • comment-avatar
    Diane August 28, 2015 (3:49 am)
    This dish is a new adventure in taste for me. I'm very curious to try it. Looks so healthy and delicious!
  • comment-avatar
    Sara @ Life's Little Sweets August 28, 2015 (4:22 am)
    This looks like comfort food to me, the best kind of food!
  • comment-avatar
    Sarah August 28, 2015 (8:05 am)
    My husband LOVES Indian food - I'm going to have to make him this because I know he would love it
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (7:23 am)
      That would be great - Glad you liked it so much to recommend it :)
  • comment-avatar
    Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com August 28, 2015 (11:10 am)
    I love any korma and this looks wonderfully enticing.
  • comment-avatar
    Sam @ PancakeWarriors August 28, 2015 (1:52 pm)
    Wow this is such an fun recipe! I love the spices, way to pack a punch of flavor!!
  • comment-avatar
    Claudia | Gourmet Project August 28, 2015 (2:10 pm)
    I could dive into that bowl :-)
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (6:05 am)
      Hahahha, maybe with some bread ;) Thanks Claudia.
  • comment-avatar
    Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen August 28, 2015 (2:13 pm)
    Looks and sounds delicious, I love trying new dishes.
  • comment-avatar
    SHOBELYN August 28, 2015 (2:30 pm)
    What a good information about other culture's way of cooking... and the gravy looks like I can eat it by itself.
  • comment-avatar
    foodlovinfamily August 28, 2015 (2:34 pm)
    I have never had mughlai before but it looks and sounds delicious. You have inspired me to be a little more adventurous with my cooking.
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (6:04 am)
      I'm glad, it's a specialty from Northern India.
  • comment-avatar
    Marye August 28, 2015 (3:17 pm)
    I've never had this but the spices sound perfect! It looks delicious.
  • comment-avatar
    Tina Marie August 28, 2015 (3:53 pm)
    Wow! This look so delicious! I'll take a bowl, please. :)
  • comment-avatar
    Chris @ SimpleFood365 August 28, 2015 (4:04 pm)
    This dish sounds very tasty! I would love to give it a try. Yum!
  • comment-avatar
    Cassandrea @ chewsandbrews.ca August 28, 2015 (5:51 pm)
    This looks absolutely amazing!! All of the spices and flavours sound fantastic and I bet smell awesome too!
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (6:02 am)
      Definitely smells awesome - Thanks Cassandrea.
  • comment-avatar
    Patti @ CooksRecipeCollection.com August 28, 2015 (6:01 pm)
    Looks yummy! Must give this one a try!
  • comment-avatar
    Rachel @ atheltic avocado August 28, 2015 (6:10 pm)
    this looks so tasty! yum!
  • comment-avatar
    LydiaF August 28, 2015 (8:29 pm)
    Now that's an amazing looking dish, especially the gravy. I'm sure it smells and tastes amazing!
  • comment-avatar
    Oana @AdoreFoods August 28, 2015 (9:35 pm)
    Your Mughlai Chicken recipe looks so good! I love Indian food but have never tried this dish. It doesn't sound to difficult to make it :)
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (6:00 am)
      Thanks Oana - It's a very simple yet flavorful recipe :)
  • comment-avatar
    Byron Thomas August 28, 2015 (10:14 pm)
    Looks really tasty, Molly. Very warm and comforting.
  • comment-avatar
    Lauren @ A Nerd Cooks August 28, 2015 (10:45 pm)
    I so love these kinds of dishes. Delicious!
  • comment-avatar
    Whitney August 28, 2015 (11:15 pm)
    So, when are you going to come make this for me?
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (7:25 am)
      Hahahha...whenever you're next in town :) Glad you liked it.
  • comment-avatar
    Derek August 28, 2015 (11:15 pm)
    I need to get my hands on some coriander leaves. Love all the spice usage here. Shows skill.
  • comment-avatar
    Jessica August 29, 2015 (12:31 am)
    I love reading about the history of the dish and how it's been adapted over time. I think the history of cuisines is so interesting.
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (7:26 am)
      That is so true - It's interesting and inspiring.
  • comment-avatar
    Kelley August 29, 2015 (2:10 am)
    I love Indian food and this Mughlai sounds amazing!
  • comment-avatar
    J @ A Hot Southern Mess August 29, 2015 (2:12 am)
    That spice mix sounds delicious! I would definitely try this dish out! Yummy!
  • comment-avatar
    Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago August 29, 2015 (2:37 pm)
    Such a great spice combination. This would make a really interesting addition to a Sunday brunch!
  • comment-avatar
    Richa August 29, 2015 (4:04 pm)
    I love a good chicken korma and your recipe sounds so easy.
  • comment-avatar
    Katalina @ Peas & Peonies August 30, 2015 (2:37 am)
    wow this sis one flavorful chicken dish, love all that creamy sauce too.
  • comment-avatar
    Whitney @ That Square Plate August 30, 2015 (4:12 am)
    Would love to try these flavors! I know its SO tasty!! Need to make some onion paste too, I know it adds so much depth of flavor -- YUM!.
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar August 31, 2015 (10:23 pm)
      That is so true Whitney, the onion paste does adds so much depth to the dish and the flavors are awesome. Thanks for liking the recipe.
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    Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert August 30, 2015 (4:19 pm)
    I love the spices in chicken korma! It's such a great flavor profile!
  • comment-avatar
    Michelle@healthiersteps August 31, 2015 (12:05 am)
    Love all the spice blends, sounds so flavorful!
  • comment-avatar
    Trish August 31, 2015 (3:48 pm)
    Chicken korma is one of my all time favorite dishes! I would love to try this!
  • comment-avatar
    lalaine September 1, 2015 (3:07 am)
    I've never heard or tried korma before but it sounds so interesting with such depth of flavor. I will give it a try :)
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    Sandra @ A Dash of Sanity September 1, 2015 (3:10 am)
    We do not make much Indian food, but I would love to give it a try. It looks fabulous and I love trying new recipes.
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (5:19 am)
      That would be fantastic, give it a try :)
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    Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca) September 1, 2015 (2:23 pm)
    This looks like a really great recipe to expand my horizons. My husband and I love Indian food but I don't make it at home too often. Time to change that!
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (9:06 pm)
      Do give it a try - I'm sure you'll will like it :)
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    Mridu Kapoor March 6, 2018 (9:43 am)
    Hii Molly Great recipe.. but i cudnt find in method when to add yogurt.. please tell me at which point yogurt is to be added..
    • comment-avatar
      Molly Kumar March 6, 2018 (11:00 pm)
      Hi Mridu, I'm glad you want to try the recipe and you can add yogurt once the chicken is lightly sauteed. This was an old recipe but I've just updated the steps :)

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