Chicken in Tomato Gravy

Chicken in Tomato Gravy
Chicken in Tomato Gravy

My almost 6 years old goes through food phases where he wants to eat same thing over and over again, after few days he is completely done with that dish. I try to enjoy the excitement while it lasts!. Right now he is in chicken-chapati phase. Anytime I ask him what he wants, that is what he says. I try to keep a check on it by making it once a week and not more. So I thought it was time to post this chicken in tomato gravy recipe.
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My almost 2 year old is in terrible-twos. So making anything elaborate is hard. So I pick dishes (or come up with dishes) that take as less time as possible. This is a very simple chicken gravy I have been making from last few years. It literally takes 20mins to make (not including marinating time).

Marinate chicken.
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Fry onions, ginger-garlic. Then add all spices.
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Add tomatoes and cook till they are mushy.
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Add chicken and cook till done.
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Chicken in Tomato Gravy

A quick chicken gravy cooked with a tomato base and dry masalas
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 -5


  • 1 lb approx 1/2 kg chicken
  • 1 cup onions
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1 tea spn grated or crushed ginger
  • 1 tea spn grated or crushed garlic
  • 2 tbl spns yogurt curd
  • 1 tea spn cumin powder
  • 1 tea spn coriander powder
  • 1 tea spn garam masala
  • A pinch turmeric
  • 1 tea spn chilli powder
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 " cinnamon
  • 2 tbl spns chopped coriander leaves
  • Oil
  • Salt


  • Add little salt, chilli powder, yogurt(curd), turmeric to chicken pieces and leave around for 30mins (or more).
  • Heat oil and add cloves, cinnamon.
  • Then add onions, ginger, garlic, salt (chicken already has salt, so be careful while adding more here).
  • Fry till the onions and translucent and then add all dry masalas - cumin powder, coriander powder and garam masala.
  • Fry for few minutes till nice aroma comes out. Take care for to burn them.
  • Add the tomatoes and let them cook till they are mushy.
  • Now add marinated chicken and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour about 1 cup water, cover and let it cook till chicken is done.
  • Take off the heat and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with chapatis or rice.


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