Easy Chicken Korma with Yoghurt

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I learnt to make this North-Indian Chicken Korma last year this time at my Yanbu friend, Aysha's kitchen. It amazes me how I favour other cuisines over mine and am unapologetic about it. :-P While they devour our sambar and dosas, we drown in their tandoors and naans, isn't it?. Food brings people together and our nation is a beautiful example of it. But I hope I am forgiven for making this Chicken Korma simple and easy for our everyday meal. :-P
Easy Chicken Korma with Yoghurt

Yanbu had a large Pakistani population or I assume because the restaurants that serve close to an Indian food are  Pakistani restaurants and we used to get takeaway of Rotis, kormas, and karahis and what not.. all with the oil floating and lots of ginger juliennes! It is not a secret that both North India and Pakistan share a lot of similar food and this Chicken Korma is one of them. Aysha, my Urdu speaking friend from Meerut made this lip-smacking Korma that starts to linger in my mouth whenever I recreate it in my kitchen. A dish that has pleasant memories of Yanbu life.

While she made it the traditional way of making crispy fried onions first and keeping it aside for adding at the end, I chose to make it all in one go because I am like that... trying to save me from doing more dishes. But trust me, the difference is very subtle or none and you save time, energy, dishwashing etc :-)

Though I had shared this on Instagram stories and highlights, this recipe here is, even more, easier and can help if you are lazy to cook on Fridays like me. A lot of you tried the recipe and loved it but some were not comfortable at the thought of cooking the yoghurt for that long time. I understand because I had the same doubts. We South Indians are so used to making yoghurt based curries like moru curry, etc where we don't let the yoghurt boil and split. That doesn't mean cooking yoghurt is the wrong thing to do... those recipes don't call for it but most of the North Indian kormas rely on cooking the whisked yoghurt with the meat and trust me it is not unhealthy.

This homemade Chicken Korma is apparently Keto friendly too :-D

Me: You know what? chicken korma can be had in a Keto diet
F: But what do you eat with it?
Me: Oh no! We can't do Keto!

How much ever I try to persuade me to jump-start Keto, I just don't have the go from my heart. I love my rice, atta and aloo!

Easy Chicken Korma with Yoghurt

Easy Chicken Korma Recipe with Yogurt 


For the Marinade:
  • 800gms skinless whole chicken cut into 12 to 14 pieces or more
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoon coriander powder 
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (use my recipe)
  • Salt to taste
For the Korma:
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ghee 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cloves
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly 
  • all of the marinated chicken 
  • 2 cups of whisked yoghurt, room temperature
  • 1 potato, chopped chunky (optional)
  • A handful of coriander leaves and green chillies
  • fried onions for garnish


Marinate the chicken
  1. Add all the marinade ingredients (ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala and salt) in a large bowl and whisk till combined.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and rub thoroughly to coat each piece. 
  3. Cover and keep aside for 20 minutes or refrigerate overnight.
Prepare the Chicken Korma
  1. Heat ghee in a curry pot, add all the whole spices (bay leaf, cloves, green cardamom, black cardamom, pepper, cumin seeds) and fry until fragrant.
  2. Add the onions and fry until almost browned. 
  3. Add the marinated chicken and cook on medium to high flame until the chicken meat turns white.
  4. Stir in the whisked yoghurt, little water and salt and mix thoroughly.
  5. Cover and cook on a low to medium flame for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. If you plan to add potatoes, then add them now and cover and cook for another 10 minutes or until both chicken and potatoes are cooked through.
  7. Switch off and stir in the green chillies and coriander leaves. Serve with fresh Indian bread like naan, kulcha or chapatis, etc.
NOTE: If you don't have the North Indian style garam masala, then add black cardamom along with the other whole spices in the ghee.

Chicken korma with yoghurt
New image added on 11th Nov 2020

Easy right? 

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