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Ingredients for Chicken Kesariya Handi:

(Tsp- Teaspoon; Tbsp- Tablespoon )

Chicken, thigh boneless pieces – 450- 500 gms (1 lb)

– Green Cardamom-4
– Cloves-5
– Cinnamon- 2
– Black Cardamom- 2
– Black peppercorns-10
– Bay leaf-2

Spice Powders:
– Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
– Red Chilli Powder- 1 tsp
– Coriander Powder- 1.5 tsp
– Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
– Fennel Powder- 3/4 tsp
– Garam Masala Powder- 1/2 tsp
– Mace (Javitri) powder- 1/2 tsp

Kesariya Masala Paste:
– Cashews- 12
– Fried onions- from 150 gms sliced onions
– Whisked curd- 3 tbsp
– Saffron milk- 6 tbsp (saffron strands soaked in 1/2 cup warm milk)

Other Ingredients:
– Crushed green chillies- 2 tsp
– Ginger Garlic paste- 2 tsp
– Salt- 1 tsp
– Ghee- 3 tbsp


– Soak 20 strands of saffron (kesar or zafraan) in around 9 tbsp of warm milk for around 2 hrs to give a robust colour.
– Take 3 tbsp curd or plain yogurt and whisk it.
– Slice 2 medium onions and fry it in oil till golden. Remove and set aside.

– To make the Kesariya Masala Paste, add the fried onions and the cashews in a grinder/blender and coarse grind it. Now add the whisked yogurt and 6 tbsp of the saffron milk and blend it into a smooth paste.
– – Also crush 2-3 green chillies in a mortar & pestle or roughly grind in a grinder.


– Heat ghee in a kadhai/wok/pan and add all the whole spices.
– Give a stir and add the chicken pieces. Give a stir and fry on medium heat for 1 min.
– Add all the spice powders (other than Garam Masala powder and Mace powder) and salt & fry on medium heat for 2 mins.
– Add the ginger garlic paste and finely crushed green chillies & mix and continue to fry on medium heat for 2-3 mins.
– Now add little saffron milk (3 tbsp) & continue to cook for another 4 mins on medium to low heat till the colour of the chicken is little saffron yellow.
– Now add the Kesariya Masala Paste, mix and then add the Javitri powder. Mix and cook on medium heat for around 5-6 mins till oil separates.
– Now add 200 ml water, give a mix and cover & cook on low heat for around 10 mins.
– Add the garam masala powder, 3/4 tsp Kasuri Methi and and simmer for another 2 mins on low heat.

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