Chicken Handi

Chicken Handi

Bored with the old and regular chicken curry flavour? It’s time to make it different. Chicken handi would be the perfect choice for a Sunday lunch, especially if you are someone who craves chicken every now and then. Just with a few simple steps and readily available ingredients, you could make an authentic restaurant style Chicken handi.


  • Chicken (with bones)- 750g
  • Curd- 1/2 cup
  • Full cream- 1/2 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  • Onions (finely chopped)- 2 medium sized
  • Tomato (pureed)- 3 medium sized
  • Cooking oil
  • Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder- 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Garam masala powder- 1 tsp
  • Chicken masala powder (optional)- 1 tsp
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. Boil the pieces of chicken in a pressure cooker for a few minutes, maybe less than a whistle, such that the chicken is not too soft or you can also deep fry the chicken until cooked.
  2. Heat some oil in a handi or a deep pan, add chopped onions to it. As the onions change its colour to light brown, add the ginger garlic paste and stir well.
  3. Now, add all the dry spices (turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, chicken masala powder and salt). Mix it well with the onions and let it saute for a couple of seconds. You can add a small amount of water to avoid burning of the spices.
  4. Add the tomato puree and allow it to saute for a while with a few stirs in between until the oil starts leaving from the sides of the pan.
  5. Next, add the beaten curd to the pan and mix everything until the oil starts bubbling from the sides of the pan. This indicates that the gravy is cooked. This may take a few minutes.
  6. Add the boiled or fried chicken pieces to the gravy and allow it to simmer for around 5-10 minutes on medium flame so that the chicken gets fully coated with the gravy and it’s spices.
  7. Lastly, add full cream to the gravy, mix well and cook for 2 minutes on low flame.

And, the yummy Chicken handi is ready to serve. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve with hot tandoori roti.

NOTE: Adjust the amount of spices as per your taste and requirements.
Want to try more?

You can also try our Chicken Angara recipe for your lunch.

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