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Dahi Murg (Curd Chicken) Curry

-Submitted by Dahlia on 31st Mar 2009

(Yogurt Chicken, Yoghurt Chicken, Dahi Chicken Curry, Curd Chicken Gravy, Spicy Chicken in Yogurt Sauce)

Dahi Murg, Curd Chicken

Chicken cooked in curd (dahi / yogurt) imparts a unique flavor to the curry. The combination of curd, pepper powder and fresh curry leaves gives a very nice aroma and flavor. Dahi chicken curry can be had with plain white rice, biryani or pulao or with any roti varieties.

Recipe For Curd Chicken


  • Chicken - 1 kg (app. 2 lbs)
  • Yogurt - 1 cup (beaten)
  • Onion - 1 big/ 2 small (finely chopped)
  • Ginger garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
  • Green Chillies - 1 or 2
  • Tomatoes - 3 (finely chopped/ pureed)
  • Assorted Whole Garam Masala - (1 cinnamon, 1 bay leaf, 3 cloves etc)
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Chilly Powder - 1 tsp (or to taste)
  • Pepper Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Cilantro - 1/4 bunch (finely chopped)
  • Curry Leaves - for garnish
  • Oil – 2 tbsp


  1. Marinate the chicken with the yogurt and all the dry masala powders (chilly powder, garam masala, turmeric powder and pepper powder).
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry the whole garam masala and cumin seeds.
  3. Add the onions and cook till it turns nice and golden brown.
  4. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for 1 minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes and cook till the oil separates. (Note: Tomatoes are not traditionally added in this recipe. It can be added or not depending on individual taste.)
  6. Add the marinated chicken to this and bring everything to a boil. Add water if you want a thinner gravy.
  7. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  8. Mix in the finely chopped coriander leaves.
  9. Finally garnish with fresh curry leaves and split green chillies. Curd chicken curry is ready to be served.

Dahi Murg, Curd Chicken

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Dahi Murg, Curd Chicken

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Person Sumiayya   (September 25, 2016)
While cooking the gravy due to curd I feel it seems like broken milk. How can.this be avoided
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 25, 2016)
Hi Sumaiyya, The curd needs to be well beaten until it is smooth. Also, when adding the marinated chicken along with the curd, reduce the heat. This way you will get a smooth gravy.
Person Surabhi Duggal   (July 31, 2016)
it's really helpful. Thanks!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (August 1, 2016)
You are welcome.
Person Karan   (January 15, 2016)
May i marinate for around 15 hours ?
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 18, 2016)
sure. keep it properly refrigerated.
Person Garima   (November 13, 2015)
How many servings does this yield?
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (November 14, 2015)
This could easily feed 6-8 adults with some roti or rice.
Person Arpit Bajaj   (June 28, 2015)
I have bychance added more than required quantity of curd for merinating. Please help..
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 3, 2015)
Thats not a problem... anyway its a gravy only... add the whole thing..
Person Manoj   (May 14, 2015)
Please mention ingedient name in hindi also,it will help 70% indian users who visit ur best site.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 20, 2015)
You can find the ingredients name in Hindi under Glossary.
Person shweta   (April 29, 2015)
Wao it amazing ...
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 4, 2015)
Thank you.
Person ayesha   (December 15, 2013)
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 15, 2013)
Thank You.
Person sne   (December 2, 2013)
the site covers entire indian recipes and lot more..really great !!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 3, 2013)
Thank you so much.
Person Abby   (August 14, 2013)
Wow....This website is very helpful for me as a beginner for cooking Indian foods. Thumbs up for SIR Team!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (August 15, 2013)
Thank You so much Abby..
Person Vsn Kumar   (March 8, 2013)
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Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (March 8, 2013)
thank you. we have video links for a few recipes.
Person Cathy   (March 6, 2013)
I put in fresh ginger and garlic instead of paste because we can't buy that here. For the same reason I left out the Curry Leaves and Whole Garam Masala (just added the powder) and I used dried Cilantro. I also used tomato paste thinned with just enough water to cover up the the end I added flaked almonds...and yes it still tasted great! Thank you very much for this recipe!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (March 6, 2013)
good good... nice to hear that you liked the recipe...
Person Rudra   (February 23, 2013)
Can i add the ginger garlic paste with chichen durng marinate
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 24, 2013)
Person sheetal   (January 31, 2013)
how long to marinate
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 1, 2013)
You could marinate for a minimum of half an hour. It would be great if you can marinate for longer or overnight in the refrigerator. Do as your time permits.
Person aruna mdn   (August 30, 2012)
i cn mke it nw can i put some curd also ???
Person anupam   (July 25, 2012)
what is the best time to add salt ?

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