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Chicken Bharta (Murgh Bharta) Recipe

- Submitted by Dahlia on 26th Oct 2009

(Minced Chicken Masala, Chicken Bartha, Murg Bartha, Punjabi Chicken Bharta)

Chicken Bharta


  • Chicken - 2 lbs (1 kg) (boneless, skinless and chopped into very small pieces)
  • Onion - 4 
  • Tomato - 1 (chopped)
  • Green Chillies - 3 (minced)
  • Ginger - 2" piece (minced)
  • Garlic - 8-10 (minced)
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Chilly Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Roasted Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
  • Kasoori Methi Powder - 3/4 tsp 
  • Cashew paste - 1.5 tbsp
  • Tomato Ketchup - 3 tbsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cilantro - handful
  • Salt - as needed


  1. Heat oil in a pan and saute the ginger and garlic followed by the 2 chopped onions till it turns pink.
  2. Add the tomatoes and green chillies and cook for few minutes.
  3. Let the mixture cool and then puree it in a blender and keep aside.
  4. Heat some more oil in the same pan and add the remaining 2 chopped onions, chicken pieces, turmeric powder and salt.
  5. Saute it for few minutes, cover and let it cook in its own liquid.
  6. The chicken oozes out a lot of water. Let it cook till all the water that has oozed out has evaporated completely.
  7. Remove the lid and keep stirring till the chicken starts getting brownish.
  8. At this stage add the chilly powder, roasted cumin powder, kasoori methi powder and garam masala powder.
  9. Add the tomato ketchup and fry everything together for few minutes. The chicken tastes yummy at this stage itself.
  10. Add the masala puree that we prepared earlier and the cashew paste and mix well.
  11. Cook for few more minutes, add finely chopped coriander leaves and switch off. Murgh bharta is ready to be served

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve the tasty chicken bharta with any roti varieties or pulav.

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Person   ()
can i skip the cilantro leaves and add coriander leaves
Person   ()
Both are the names of the same herb.
Person   ()
Can the ginger, garlic and the green chillies be grinded/minced together in a grinder or separately ?
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Is it a must to add cashew paste?
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you can skip it.

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