30th May 2024

Grandma’s Chicken

grandma's chicken curry

I have some fuzzy remembrance of my Granny cooking a certain chicken dish. Though I was too young to know all the stuff she put into it, the flavour had lingered in my mind, refusing to fade out. I experimented and finally arrived at something close to what she would dish out. She usually served this chicken with peas pulao. You must try out grandma’s chicken.

Serves : 5 to 6 Persons

Prep. Time : 20 Min. + 60 Min. (marination)

Cooking Time : 10 Min. (active) + 40 Min. (passive)


  • Chicken (on the bone, cleaned and cut into small pieces) – 900 gms… (undressed)
  • Onions (sliced finely) – 3 medium
  • Tomatoes (finely chopped) – 2 big
  • Green Chillies (slit) – 2
  • Green Corriander Leaves (chopped fine) – 1 tbsp.
  • Juice of Two Limes
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 ½ tbsp.
  • Oil – 3 tbsp.
  • Sea Salt – ½ tsp. or to taste
  • 1 ½ cups Hot Water

For the Masala:

  • Dry Red Chillies (Bedgi) – 6
  • Cumin Seeds –  1 tsp.
  • Coriander Seeds – 1 tbsp.
  • Pepper Corns – 8
  • Cloves – 6
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch
  • Turmeric – 1 ½ tsp.

Step 1:     Wash the chicken and squeeze it dry. Marinate with the salt and lime juice and leave for at least an hour.

Step 2:    Grind the ingredients for the masala to a fine paste using a little water.

Step 3:     In a pan heat a tablespoon of oil. Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauteé for a minute. Add the marinated chicken and sauteé on medium heat till it changes colour. This should take about 5 minutes. Shut off the heat.

Preparation of Grandma's Chicken

Step 4:     In another pan, heat the remaining oil and fry the onions till light brown. Add the tomatoes and sauteé for 2 minutes. Add the ground masala paste. Fry for another 4 minutes. Add a little hot water if the masala starts to stick to the pan.

Preparation of Grandma's Chicken

Step 5:     Add the chicken. Mix it well and add 1 ½ cups of hot water and the green chillies. Cover and cook on low heat for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken is tender.

Preparation of Grandma's Chicken

Step 6:     Garnish with green corriander and serve hot with rice, pulao, pao or sannas.

Preparation of Grandma's Chicken


  1. Hi Sean, tried this recipe yday for lunch… It was simply yummy… However I did not click a pic. But yes thanks again for a great recipe. God bless.

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