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Dhaba Style Chicken Curry Recipe – How To Prepare At Home

Who doesn’t like to sit at the roadside Dhabas and savor the utmost joy of the dishes they make? It gives a great experience and on top of that the food there offers the pleasure of a home cooked meal.

Among many, chicken curry is one of the most cherished Dhaba dishes. It is filled with a robust and earthy blend of flavors that wrap around the chunky chicken pieces. Whenever we travel, we always look for a place with this dish. Sitting on the chaarpai with the food on a wooden plank is a whole different feeling.


However, we don’t always get to go out but crave to have the Dhaba-style chicken curry. Therefore, the best solution is to make it at home. The good thing is it is quite easy to make and will give the worth of your time when prepared.

Let us see the ingredients and the procedure to make it.

Dhaba Style Chicken Curry Recipe

Madhushree Dutta
Delicious Dhaba style chicken curry recipe. Simple ingredients and instructions on how to make Dhaba-style chicken curry recipe easily at home.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 Kadhai
  • 1 Induction Cooktop
  • 1 Mixer Grinder


For Marination

  • 500 g Chicken
  • 1 ½ tbsp lime juice
  • 1 ½ tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • Salt to taste

For the gravy

  • 2 Onion medium
  • 2 Tomatoes medium
  • 6-8 Garlic cloves
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 4 Green Chilis
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 Green Cardamom
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 6-8 Black Peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil
  • Butter
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves finely chopped


Marinate the Chicken

  • First, start by washing the chicken pieces.
  • Next, transfer them into a large mixing bowl and then pat them dry with a kitchen tissue.
  • To this, add the lime juice, ginger garlic paste, and salt to taste.
  • Combine everything well, cover them, and keep them aside to rest.

Prepare the veggies

  • Roughly chop the onions, two green chilis, and the ginger. Chop the tomatoes as well.
  • Next, take a blender and in it, add the onions, green chilis ginger, and garlic cloves.
  • Blend them into a fine paste and keep aside.

Prepare the Gravy

  • Now, take a kadhai or a cooking pot and add vegetable oil (you can also use ghee).
  • Keep the flame on medium and heat until the oil smokes a little.
  • To the heated oil, add the bay leaf (tear it from the middle), cumin seeds, cinnamon stick (break it from the middle), green cardamom, cloves, and black peppercorns.
  • Stir them well until the aromatics release fragrance.
  • When you start getting the fragrance, add the onion, green chili, ginger, and garlic paste.
  • Stir it continuously and keep the flame on low to medium.
  • Cook the masala until it turns golden brown and starts to separate the oil. Stir constantly. This might take 5-7 minutes.
  • Next, add the chopped tomatoes to the already-cooked masala.
  • Combine them nicely and to this add coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt to taste.
  • Continue stirring until the tomatoes turn mushy and blend well with the rest of the masala. Cook it for about 3 more minutes.

Add the chicken

  • Now add the marinated chicken to the kadhai or the cooking pot.
  • Combine everything well and stir it for about 2-3 minutes.

Make the chicken curry

  • Heat 1 cup of water until it comes to a rolling boil.
  • Pour this water into the kadhai.
  • Stir all the ingredients nicely and cover the kadhai.
  • Let everything cook for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • After about 15 minutes check if the chicken is cooked. Also, take a taste test. Add if anything is needed and let the chicken cook to perfection.
  • Let them shimmer until the gravy comes to a thicker consistency.
  • Add in the garam masala powder.
  • Stir them well.
  • Next, take a small pan and add in some butter.
  • Heat the butter on medium flame.
  • When the butter is getting heated, slit two green chilis from the middle.
  • Add the green chilis to the heated butter.
  • When they start to splutter, add everything to the simmering chicken curry.
  • Turn off the flame and give a few stirs to blend in the tadka well.
  • Now transfer the chicken curry into a bowl.
  • Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Cover the bowl for a few minutes before serving. This will help in infusing the flavors well.
Keyword Chicken Recipes, Non Veg Recipes, Recipes for Dinner, Recipes for Lunch


And that is it! The Dhaba-style Chicken curry is done and ready to be served.

Pair it with any bread of choice or steamed rice as these will aid in elevating the taste more. Also, add some freshly cut salad to your plate for some freshness.

Prepare this and relish it with your friends and family. Enjoy!

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