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Deliciously Authentic Chicken Changezi - A North Indian Culinary Masterpiece

Embark on a gastronomic adventure with our Chicken Changezi, a celebrated jewel in North Indian cuisine. This recipe brings to your kitchen the essence of Delhi's rich culinary history. This recipe is more than just a dish; it's a celebration of flavors, a story told through each spice and simmer. Imagine the chicken, tender and infused with the rich, aromatic spices, nestled in a velvety gravy that speaks of comfort and tradition. Our Chicken Changezi is a hug in a bowl, perfect for those family dinners where stories are shared and memories made. It’s a testament to the power of good food to bring people together, creating moments of joy and togetherness. Let this dish be the centerpiece of your next gathering and watch as it fills your home with warmth and the irresistible aroma of love and spices.

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 750 g chicken, cut into big pieces and scored

  • ½ tsp lime juice

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp Kashmiri red chili powder

  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tsp garlic paste

  • 1 tsp ginger paste

  • ½ tsp pepper

  • 1 tsp cooking oil

  • ½ tsp garam masala

For Gravy:

  • 3-4 tbsp cooking oil (for frying)

  • 1½ cups thinly sliced onion

  • Pinch of salt (for onions)

  • 3 cardamom pods

  • 2 small cinnamon sticks

  • 2 tbsp blanched almonds or cashews

  • 3 tbsp yogurt

  • 4 tbsp water (for onion paste)

  • 1 tsp ginger paste (additional)

  • 1 tsp garlic paste (additional)

  • 3 green chilis

  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp tomato puree

  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (additional)

  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder (additional)

  • 1 tsp chili powder (yellow or red)

  • 1½ tsp coriander powder

  • ¾ tsp cumin powder

  • ¾ tsp salt (to taste)

  • ½ cup milk

  • Pinch of sugar

  • ½ cup water (for gravy)

  • ½ tsp chaat masala

  • 1 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)

  • 1 tsp butter

  • Lime juice and garam masala for garnish


  1. Prepare the Marinade: Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add chicken pieces and coat well. Let it marinate for 15-20 minutes.

  2. Fry the Onions: In a pan, heat 3-4 tbsp oil. Add onions with a pinch of salt and fry until brown. Then add cardamom, cinnamon, and nuts. Continue frying until the onions and nuts are golden brown. Remove and blend with yogurt and water to form a paste.

  3. Cook the Chicken: In the same pan, fry the marinated chicken pieces for 2 minutes per side. Set aside.

  4. Make the Gravy: Clean the pan and heat 1-2 tbsp oil. Sauté ginger, garlic pastes, and green chilis. Add tomato puree, additional spices, and water. Cook for a few minutes.

  5. Combine and Cook: Add salt, onion paste, and fried chicken. Cook until oil separates. Add milk, sugar, and water. Cover and simmer.

  6. Final Touches: Add chaat masala, kasuri methi, and butter. Cook for a final 5 minutes.

  7. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with lime juice and garam masala. Serve hot with naan.

This Chicken Changezi recipe, with its richly flavored gravy and tender chicken, is perfect for a delightful meal. Enjoy the harmony of spices and textures in every bite!



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