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Methi chicken

methi chicken

It is very rare to get good Indian food here. We have many Indian restaurants, but food quality is very inconsistent. If we like the food once and go there hoping for good food, we get totally disappointed next time. Recently V took me to a restaurant which I never had been before. I had heard some bad reviews about this one, so I was not very keen. But he kept on insisting. Well, I was really bowled over by the flavors. They had one of the best butter chickens I have tasted in US. Another dish I loved most was their Methi chicken. I kept on eating till I could not take in one more morsel of food. I was back in this restaurant within one week with my colleagues and they enjoyed the food too. The thing I loved most about these dishes was – they didn’t have cream in them(even if they had, it was not overpowering). I don’t like creamy-gooey curries served in restaurants here.

Now, I had that methi chicken taste lingering in my mouth. I had to try recreating it at home. It was not exactly like the one we tasted at the restaurant, but very very flavorful. One of my best experiments, I must say. The taste kept on increasing as time passed. The aroma is so intoxicating. Give it a try and you will love it.

0.6 lb (0.27kgs) chicken
1 tea spn ginger-garlic paste
1 and 1/2 cups chopped tomato
1 cup roughly chopped onion + 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tbl spn finely chopped fresh/frozen methi(fenugreek) leaves
1 tea spn chilli powder
Spices –
4 cloves
1″ cinnamon
1/2 tea spn poppy seeds(khus khus)
1/4 tea spn methi seeds
1/2 tea spn coriander seeds
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds

Apply ginger-garlic paste to chicken pieces and keep them aside.
Heat oil and all the spices. Take care not to burn any of them.
Add 1 cup roughly chopped onion and fry till they turn brownish. Now add tomatoes, salt, chilli powder. Cook till tomatoes are tender. Grind to a smooth paste.
Heat oil and add finely chopped onion. Add chicken pieces and methi leaves. Fry for about 2 mins.
Now add the ground paste. Cook till completely done. If required, add water to bring to required consistency.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 20mins

PS: Increase onions, tomatoes for more gravy.

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{ 39 comments… add one }

  • Soma November 2, 2009, 9:41 pm

    Love Methi Chicken. Looks fantastic!

  • Gauri November 3, 2009, 12:55 am

    my husband refuses to eat the greens and i try to make parathas to solve the prob.. chicken with methi would definitely work!
    also, i think a little cream and slight sugar may help to add a creamy taste to this dish, like we get in restaurants

    • Shilpa November 3, 2009, 7:41 am

      Gauri, onions give a slight sweetish taste to this chicken. So I don’t think adding sugar is a good idea, it will make it very sweet.

  • Priya V November 3, 2009, 1:48 am

    Once I had made at home, methi chiken with palak added to it just to make it healthier. We are goans and my husband loves chicken with coconut(shakuti) he did not like methi chicken initially but as you say the taste increases as time passes he enjoyed it the next day. Lovely picture I like the kadai in it.

  • Vinita November 3, 2009, 5:46 am

    Hi, just wanted to verify if the amount of chicken that u have mentioned in the recipe is right? Is it 0.250gms or 0.25 kg????

    • Shilpa November 3, 2009, 7:38 am

      Thanks Vinita for pointing the mistake

  • notyet100 November 3, 2009, 8:08 am

    ummm goona try this.,..soon,…

  • Souwmya T W November 3, 2009, 9:39 am

    Which restaurant is this ?

    • Shilpa November 3, 2009, 9:44 am


  • Arun Shanbhag November 3, 2009, 9:49 am

    Sounds delicious! even I can make this … I think. will let you know.

    This would go well with either chapattis or rice!
    Thank you for one more mouth-watering recipe!

    • Shilpa November 3, 2009, 10:16 am

      Ohh, you definitely can make this one. Its very easy :)

  • Sayantani November 3, 2009, 9:54 am

    Hi Shilpa, first time on your page n couldn’t resist to drop a few lines. you have an awesome place and some easy n tasty recipes here.I love methi and grow it a lot in my veggie patch. Methi chicken looks delish will make it for hubby and a paneer version for me. hope it will work.

  • Mitushi November 3, 2009, 10:10 am

    Can I use kasuri methi instead of regular methi?

    • Shilpa November 3, 2009, 10:15 am

      I think it will have slightly different taste. But if you don’t find fresh/frozen one, you can use kasuri methi. Reduce the quantity though, kasuri methi is quite strong. So about 1-2 tea spns would be enough

  • sumi November 3, 2009, 10:49 am

    Visiting here after a long time.Love the new look of your blog.Have bookmarked the recipe to try it soon.

  • Avisha November 3, 2009, 3:44 pm

    This looks lovely. We Sindhi’s make something similar, instead we add fish. I would like to try out your way. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Roops November 3, 2009, 4:16 pm

    Hey Shilpa,
    My aayi makes a killer methi chicken. Will shoot the recipe to you someday.
    But yes mostly methi chicken has kasuri methi in it. Try it and let me know if it was close to what you liked at this place..

  • Maya November 3, 2009, 9:28 pm

    Absolutely love Methi Chicken! What a lovely gravy you have there, yummy!

  • kanimozhi November 4, 2009, 3:26 am

    Very delicious. Gravy looks rich.

  • Doli November 7, 2009, 12:48 pm

    Which ground paste are you talking about in the recipe? I couldnt see any ingredient like that…

  • Doli November 7, 2009, 12:53 pm

    No one can be as dumb as me.. I noticed the grind part now :)

  • Pallavi November 7, 2009, 3:10 pm

    The gravy came out really well…awesome recipe !!

  • Neelum November 8, 2009, 10:11 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    We made Methi Chicken yesterday….I mean the husband made it, and I enjoyed every bite of it…
    thanks for the amazing recipe.

  • Santosh November 9, 2009, 9:16 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this recipe yesterday, and must tell u, it was mindblowing!! Absolutely loved it. Since I love Methi leaves, I added chopped methi leaves of 2 whole bunches, and 2 cups of chicken broth after I add the onion/tomato paste and simmered it down for about 30 minutes. It was delicious.

    Thanks again for such a simplified and yet an elegant recipe!!

  • spice November 11, 2009, 11:51 am

    Love methi chicken…we call it methi murg.

  • shivani November 24, 2009, 11:02 am

    hi tried it yeserday
    was awesome
    but tried it with kasuri methi 2 tbsps as didnt have fresh methi
    was really good
    even my 21/2 yr old liked it

  • Preeti Nilesh December 9, 2009, 9:29 am

    Hey, Guess what, I have also posted Methi Chicken yesterday!!!!!!!

  • Gauri Gharpure February 2, 2010, 12:28 am

    I tried this dish with a few variations and it turned out yumm.. my family loved it and was all sold out!

  • Pulkeshi February 28, 2010, 11:10 pm

    Great recipe! Kids loved it as well!

  • viral April 19, 2010, 10:02 pm

    awesome recipe… tried your egg cury and methi chicken, and now i visit ur site for many easy fixes…

  • Reshma Shanbhag April 27, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Hi Shilpa, i tried this twice, its a quick and yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing, this recipe will soon be one of regular chicken dishes.

  • Dhivia June 10, 2010, 11:38 am

    i tried this recipe out today shilpa, and it was delicious! simple ingredients that blend together to produce a really yummy dish! definitely one for the books! thanks again!

  • Lavinia July 11, 2010, 4:42 pm

    I tried this dish today. Was yummy!

  • khushi November 28, 2010, 1:36 pm
  • Kavita February 6, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Fabulous recipe. Very delicious.

  • perfectionist February 25, 2011, 5:18 am

    another superb recipe…my 21 month old enjoyed it

  • Tiana October 8, 2012, 6:00 pm

    This made my house smell so lovely! This makes a great vegetarian dish when made with potatoes, green beans, and carrots. Spice level is just right too.

  • prachi November 30, 2012, 5:13 am

    Awesome recipe!!! just made it and aroma is out-of-this-world…..thnx a ton!!!

    • Shilpa December 1, 2012, 11:28 am

      Happy to know you liked it Prachi

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