Chicken Curry with Black Cardamom

Chicken Curry with Black Cardamom

Chicken Curry with Black Cardamom
Chicken Curry with Black Cardamom

Last December when I was pregnant with Ayaan, I had invited few of my friends and their parents (who were visiting them) to dinner. I told aunty that I love chicken and she told me she will make something for me. She had only 1-2 weeks until she returned to India. She was very sweet to take out time in the busy schedule to cook and send a big batch of chicken curry.

If there is one spice that is commonly used in Indian cooking that I cannot stand, it is black cardamom. I have tried it in different ways and somehow I never liked the aroma of it. But that cardamom did something magical to this chicken curry. It reminded me the chicken curry that I used to love eating in restaurants back home. I won’t lie, I did not want to share it with V or Ishaan. Yes, I was very mean. Comeon, I was 7 months pregnant and someone had sent me something that I really loved. I must have given them just few spoons of curry and I pretty much finished everything else. Then I asked aunty for the recipe and she was very kind to share it with me.

I have tried this couple of times. I did not want to buy black cardamom for this one dish, so I prepared it without that few times. But it never came out like aunty’s. Then I bought a small pack of black cardamom and tried again and it made such a huge difference to the curry.

Half cook the chicken in spices.
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Heat oil and fry whole spices, ginger-garlic paste.
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Add the powders, fry for few minutes. Add chicken and cook.
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Chicken Curry with Black Cardamom

Flavorful chicken curry spiced with black cardamom and other whole spices.
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 7 -8


  • 1 kg Chicken
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup roughly chopped onion this will go into paste
  • 1 cup of dry coconut
  • 2 tbl spn poppy seeds khuskhus
  • 1 tbl spn sesame seeds til
  • 2 tbl spn ginger garlic paste
  • A pinch turmeric
  • 2 tbl spn coriander powder
  • 1 tbl spn red chili powder
  • 1 tbl spn spn garam masala
  • 1/2 tea spn cardamom powder
  • Salt

Whole spices :

  • 2 " cinnamon
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 3-4 black cardamom masala velchi/moti elaichi
  • 3-4 peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Dry roast poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dry coconut, cool them and grind to powder.
  • In a pan, heat oil and fry the roughly chopped onion till they are golden brown and grind to a paste.
  • Heat oil and add finely chopped onion, 1 tbl spn ginger garlic paste.
  • Fry till the onions are translucent.
  • Add turmeric, coriander powder, red chilli powder, fry for a minute.
  • Add the chicken, salt and cook till chicken is halfway cooked.
  • In a separate pan, heat oil and add whole spices.
  • Add remaining ginger-garlic paste, ground coconut, poppy seeds, sesame seed powders, onion paste, cardamom powder, garam masala.
  • Fry for few minutes and then add the half cooked chicken.
  • Add water to bring it to required consistancy. Adjust salt.
  • Serve hot.


12 thoughts on “Chicken Curry with Black Cardamom”

  1. Shilpa,

    I am very keen to try this out, but am a little confused about the roasted onion paste – when do we add it to the chicken?


  2. 4 stars
    This looks like a quick recipe to make. I’m always looking for varieties of chicken gravy dishes with some dramatic difference in flavours. Thanks for this post.

  3. 4 stars
    Hey Shilpa dark & smokey just love black cardamom just finished it off with a bit of coconut cream & fresh coriander – hope you don’t mind adding just a little bit of sweetness but this is great thx

  4. Hi Shilpa,
    The 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder on the ingredient list, is green or black?
    Thank you, I’m so looking forward to make this dish.

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