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Chicken Curry with Black Cardamom

Flavorful chicken curry spiced with black cardamom and other whole spices.
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
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.