Mughlai Chicken Korma – Indian Chicken Korma #chickenkorma

Mughlai Chicken Korma – chicken cooked with aromatic spices in thick yogurt, onion, and nuts based curry. Also called Indian Chicken Korma – It is an extremely popular dish from the Mughlai royal kitchen and Indian Cuisine.  

Mughlai Chicken Korma (Chicken cooked in spices, yogurt, onions and nuts mix)

Mughlai Chicken Korma

Mughlai Chicken Korma is one of my favorite recipes from the ‘Mughlai Cuisine’. It’s perfect for a weekend brunch.

Mughlai Chicken Korma

What is Mughlai Chicken Korma?

As mentioned above, its an extremely popular Indian Chicken Korma recipe from the Royal Mughlai Kitchens of Lucknow/Hydrabad (where the Mughal’s ruled)

It’s chicken cooked in a slow-simmered gravy/curry made using aromatic Indian spices along with yogurt, Indian masala, and powdered nuts.

Since it was cooked mostly for kings in earlier times, it hardly used any tomatoes as it was more of a yogurt curry.

Ingredients for the Mughlai Chicken Korma:

Chicken cleaned and cut into small pieces.

Indian Spices – black pepper, green cardamom, black cardamom, etc

Indian Masala – made using onion, ginger and garlic

Nutsalmonds, poppy seeds (optional)

Thick Yogurt – whisked

Mughlai Chicken Korma ingredients like chicken spices curd

Mughlai Chicken Korma ingredients

The Process to Make Mughlai 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.

  • 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.
Indian masala for mughlai chicken recipe

Indian masala for mughlai chicken recipe

 

Mughlai Chicken Korma with curd

How to Make Mughlai Chicken Korma – Process of Mughlai Chicken 

As time passed, the heavy utensils got replaced with non-sticks/ dutch ovens or even slow cooker.

Also, the Mughlai Cuisines are famous for there non-vegetarian(meat) recipes along with rich aromatic gravies with heavy use of spices, yogurt, and cream.

But due to everyone’s dietary requirements and needs, I have tweaked this recipe a little and used ONLY Yogurt (Curd) instead of any cream or butter.

How to make Best Mughlai Chicken Korma

Best Indian Chicken Korma using curd

Hence the recipe is lighter, yet extremely delicious as all the other ingredients are same along with the cooking process.,

So, the results are always a delicious, aromatic chicken that melts in your mouth every time.

 
Best Mughlai Chicken Korma in a large oval plate

Indian Chicken Korma Recipe

What’s So Special About Mughlai Chicken Korma?

What sets this chicken recipe apart from all the other recipes is the use of caramelized onions pasta and roasted nuts paste.

This along with thick yogurt results in a gravy that’s luscious and flavorful. Our Mughlai Chicken Korma is ready in under 40 minutes.

Easy Mughlai Chicken Recipe

Easy Mughlai Chicken Recipe

 

Mughlai Chicken Korma Recipe

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

Sauteed Onions + Nuts Paste for mughlai chicken

Sauteed Onions + Nuts Paste

 

: Ingredients for Mughlai Chicken Korma :

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

 

: Spices :

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
2 Small Black Cardamom
3-4 Green Cardamoms
2 Cloves
3 Bay Leaves
Salt – as per taste

: Roasted Nuts :

7 Almonds
6 Peanuts
1 Tsp Poppy Seeds – optional

 

 

How to Make Mughlai Chicken Korma Recipe:

 

  • 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.
  • Using an electric grinder, grind the “roasted nuts” to a fine powder.
  • Using an electric grinder, grind the cold sauteed onions to a fine and smooth paste.  (Pic 2)
  • Heat a large nonstick wok, add 3tbsp oil, add cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and bay leaves. Saute for ½ min.
  • 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.
  • Now add chicken and saute for 5 minutes, till the chicken is slightly cooked.
  • Now add Yogurt and saute for a minute.
  • Add 2 cups of water and cover with a lid and let it simmer for 20min on low heat. (Stir occasionally)
  • Add the powdered nuts, green chilies, coriander, and mint leaves.
  • Cook for another 15min OR until the oil starts to separate.
  • Serve Hot.

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Mughlai Chicken Korma (Chicken cooked in spices, yogurt, onions and nuts mix)

 

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Yield: 4

Mughlai Chicken Korma - Indian Chicken Korma

Mughlai Chicken Korma

Mughlai Chicken Korma - Indian Chicken Korma: chicken cooked with aromatic spices in thick yogurt, onion, and nuts based curry. It is an extremely popular dish from the Mughlai royal kitchen and Indian Cuisine.  

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

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)

Making the Chicken:

  1. Heat a large nonstick wok, add 3tbsp oil, add cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and bay leaves. Saute for ½ min.
  2. 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.
  3. Now add chicken and saute for 5 minutes, till the chicken is slightly cooked.
  4. Now add Yogurt and saute for a minute.
  5. Add 2 cups of water and cover with lid and let it simmer for 20min on low heat. (Stir occasionally)
  6. Add the powdered nuts, green chilies, coriander and mint leaves. 
  7. Cook for another 15min OR until the oil starts to separate.
  8. Serve Hot.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 421Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 627mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 5gSugar: 11gProtein: 41g

This picture was taken on May 2012:

Chicken-Korma

 

55 Replies to "Mughlai Chicken Korma - Indian Chicken Korma #chickenkorma"

  • Melanie May 15, 2020 (3:06 pm)

    Hi Molly, I tried this yesterday and I loved the outcome. I forgot to roast the almond and peanut before grinding. Hoping that will give it a more smoky flavor the next time I try it. My picky eaters did not complain. This is the third chicken curry dish I have tried from your website and quote from my foodie 14 year old, “Mom, your chicken curries have started tasting better”
    Thank you, Molly!

    • Molly Kumar May 16, 2020 (6:53 am)

      Dear Melanie, Thank you SOOOOOOO MUCH for your sweet message and I’m delighted to hear that you are trying my chicken recipes. I’m so glad your picky eaters are liking it too (just like mine who is not a kid anymore 😉 Your Comment just made my whole weekend feel so beautiful – Hugs, Molly

  • Racheal January 18, 2020 (12:30 pm)

    This is the first time I made Indian chicken and your recipe came out perfect. Everyone loved it including my 4 yr old son.

  • Linda Iannone July 1, 2019 (12:16 pm)

    Came across this recipe and made it for dinner last night, along with mashed cauliflower with brown butter, instead of rice. ABSOLUTELY delicious!

    • Molly Kumar July 2, 2019 (9:54 am)

      Hello Linda, thanks so much for your message and I’m so glad you liked the recipes. Hugs, Molly

  • 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!

    • Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (9:06 pm)

      Do give it a try – I’m sure you’ll will like it 🙂

  • 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.

    • Molly Kumar September 1, 2015 (5:19 am)

      That would be fantastic, give it a try 🙂

  • Trish August 31, 2015 (3:48 pm)

    Chicken korma is one of my all time favorite dishes! I would love to try this!

  • Michelle@healthiersteps August 31, 2015 (12:05 am)

    Love all the spice blends, sounds so flavorful!

  • Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert August 30, 2015 (4:19 pm)

    I love the spices in chicken korma! It’s such a great flavor profile!

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