Masaledar Malai Chicken Curry Recipe - Spicy & Creamy Chicken Gravy

A robust chicken dish, Masaledar Malai Chicken Curry is a hot, spicy yet rich main course dish that goes well with Paratha or even with ghee rice.

Prasanna Manerkar
Masaledar Malai Chicken Curry Recipe - Spicy & Creamy Chicken Gravy
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Literally masaledar, Masaledar Malai Chicken Curry, is an absolute winner. It has whole spices and dry masalas that make the curry yummilicious and rich with the addition of cream and milk. Serve this creamy spicy chicken curry at your house parties or serve it as a sunday afternoon meal. 

Serve Masaledar Malai Chicken Curry with Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha or Palak Naan and Pickled Onions for a delicious meal.

You can also try other similar recipes such as

  1. Butter Chicken With Tandoori Mayo Recipe
  2. One Pot Pressure Cooker Chicken Curry Recipe
  3. Chicken Jalfrezi Recipe


Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Non Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

50 M


3 Servings


  • 300 grams Chicken , washed and cleaned
  • 2 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh cream
  • For marination
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon Tandoori masala
  • Salt , to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger Garlic Paste
  • For the curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Onion , sliced
  • 2 Tomato , sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Cashew nuts
  • 5 Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 1 Bay leaves (tej patta)
  • 1 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
  • 1 pinch Mace (Javitri)
  • 2 Cloves (Laung)
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds , pounded coarsely
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf) , pounded coarsely
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf)
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf) , pounded coarsely
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf)

How to make Masaledar Malai Chicken Curry Recipe - Spicy & Creamy Chicken Gravy

  1. To begin making the Masaledar Malai Chicken Curry, firstly wash the chicken pieces thoroughly. 

For the Malai Chicken Marination
  1. To marinade the chicken , in a mixing bowl, combine turmeric powder, red chili powder, tandoori masala powder, salt and ginger garlic paste and mix well. Marinate the chicken pieces in this masala, for a minimum of 30 minutes. 

  2. Heat a pan, on high heat, add butter, and then add the marinated chicken pieces and pan roast them until it is cooked from inside and the outer skin is slightly charred. Make sure you do not burn the chicken pieces.

  3. Once it is cooked, transfer the chicken pieces to a plate and set aside. 

For the curry 
  1. In a heavy bottom pan, heat butter on medium flame, and add onion, tomato, cashew-nuts, peppercorns, bay leaves, green cardamoms, mace, cloves, cinnamon stick, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, star anise, fennel seeds and fry them for 8-10 minutes stirring continuously.

  2. Keep this aside and allow to cool.

  3. Once it is cooled transfer the onion-tomato-whole spices mixture to a mixer-jar and grind it along with milk to a smooth paste. 

  4. Heat the same pan yet again on low flame, add the butter and add the ground onion-tomato-whole spice masala and bring to a single boil, at this stage add the pre cooked chicken.

  5. Add salt and sugar, kasuri methi and cream and mix everything well.

  6. Use milk to adjust the consistency of the Malai Chicken Curry to the way you prefer to eat it. Garnish with coriander leaves. 

  7. Serve Masaledar Malai Chicken Curry with Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha or Palak Naan and Pickled Onions for a delicious meal.

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Last Modified On Wednesday, 07 March 2018 15:15
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