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Punjabis are famous for their big-hearted hospitality, lavish weddings and in general a passion for good food and good life. While punjabis, like most of the Indians eat vegetarian food majority of the time, they do love their chicken. No party or wedding is complete without dozens of chicken dishes. So that’s why you will see me publish a number of chicken dishes! However, this recipe for making chicken curry with cumin seeds is one of my favourites and I make it all the time. It’s easy to make, goes well with chapatis, parathas and rice and is always a party pleaser. Moreover, you can make it in advance and it will taste even better after couple of hours as the chicken will soak in all the flavours.

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Recipe for Making Chicken Curry with Cumin Seeds
Chicken Curry with Basmati Rice

Course Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories/Serving 375kcal


  • 1.5 tbsp cumin seeds lightly roasted on low heat
  • 2-3 tbsp mustard oil smoked
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs
  • 4-5 shallots peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 3-4 green chillies ends removed and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 lemon small, juiced
  • 1.5 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • Handful fresh coriander leaves chopped


  • Heat the oil in a pan and once the oil is hot add the roasted cumin seeds, ginger and chillies followed by onions.
  • Sauté until onions turn translucent by alternating the heat between low and medium. About ten minutes.
  • Slightly tilt the pan so that the oil collects on one side and push aside the onions. Add turmeric powder in the collected oil and cook the turmeric for few seconds.
  • Add the chicken to the pan and cook at high heat for five minutes until the chicken is slightly browned on all sides. Make sure to stir the ingredients to keep from burning.
  • Add yogurt and salt and mix in well with the chicken.
  • Turn the heat to low and cover the pan. Cook for about 40 minutes, stirring regularly. If it seems like the curry is too dry, try adding a bit of waterou can try adding a bit of water Cook until the chicken is tender.
  • Add lemon juice, coriander leaves and garam masala and turn off the heat.


You can replaced smoked mustard oil with any other cooking oil. 
Recipe for Making Chicken Curry
Chicken Curry with Cumin Seeds

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