Chicken Karahi/ Chicken Karai/ Chicken Kadai

Chicken Karahi or kadai is one of the most famous dishes in Pakistan. It is as famous as fish and chips in London and Pizza in Italy. A tasteful, aromatic dish cooked in tomato gravy and some nicely blended spices. Do try this and make your day …….

Ayesha’s Kitchen


  • 1 ½ chicken (cut into small pieces)(16 pieces)
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tbspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn Ayesha’s kitchen special garam masala
  • 3 medium sized sliced tomatoes
  • 2 tbspns julienne ginger
  • 2 healthy cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 green chilllies
  • 4 tbspns yogurt
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tbspn methi leaves
  • ½ cup oil


  • 2 lemon slices
  • 2 tbspns ginger julienne
  • 2 sliced green chilllies
  • A punch of coriander


-Heat oil and fry ginger juliennes and minced garlic, until they are red. Now add chicken and cook on high heat, with constant stirring until it turns white. Now add garam masala and mix well.

-Now add all other spices, except methi leaves and mix well.

-Add tomatoes and yogurt and cook covered on low medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the oil separates from the masala. Now add methi leaves, give it a last stir and remove from flame.

-Take it out in the serving dish and garnish with some lemon slices, coriander leaves, ginger julienne and green chilllies.

-Serve hot with raita, fresh salad and roti.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Samira
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 17:02:44

    I made this yesterday and my husband loved it, though Im really bad in cooking but this turned out to be a delicious meal>thanks


  2. Naazleen
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 04:10:29

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe….it really came out well.


  3. Zoya Shaikh
    May 25, 2015 @ 22:16:21

    Assallam alaikum Ayesha want to know what is Ayesha’s special garam masala. And also julienne ginger. I saw your dish for the first time. I don’t know to cook properly learning from here and there.


  4. Sana
    Dec 01, 2015 @ 15:07:24

    Hello from India,I tried your chicken qorma,it turned out great thanx.A question regarding the above recepie are the methinks leaves supposed to be fresh or dry(kasuri).


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