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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 (Medium size)
  • 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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Comments (6)

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can i skip the cilantro leaves and add coriander leaves
Person   ()
Both are the names of the same herb.
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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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Comment by Ometta Oberoi
         This is the second chicken recipe that I have tried from your collection and my husband who loves meat preparations absolutely loved it. Thanks, for sharing such wonderful recipe. Will be trying some more recipes and will let you know.
Reply :-
        Thats great to hear. Do try many more recipes and share your comments.

Comment by  parveen surve on 24 February 2010 07:49AM
         Hi Dahlia,
this is the first recipe i tried from this website, and it was yummmmyyy. very tasty.
Reply :-
            Thank You Parveen.

Comment by a SUNITHA MENON on 22 December 2009 17:18PM
           thanks my dear frnd.... it came out family enjoyed this dish very welll.... keep it up ....
Reply :-
           good to hear that!!!!

Comment by SUNITHA MENON on 08 November 2009 16:53PM
          can we prepare this curry using chicken drumsticks and thighs?
Reply :-
          Bartha is usually a mashed up dish. So it has to be made with boneless chicken.

Comment by Parimala Akkayasamy on 03 November 2009 02:57AM
          It came out really well. The look and texture was restaurant quality. I wanted to give some for my friend for taste but my husband didnt leave a chance :)
Reply :-
          Thats great to hear...

Comment by Parimala Akkayasamy on 29 October 2009 04:37AM
When u say 4 onions, do you mean pearl onions or big ones? If big ones, isn't it little too much to add 4 considering the onion size we get in the US commonly??
Reply :-
          Hi Parimala, Thats 4 medium sized onions. After the onion cooks down, the quantity reduces considerably. You might want to reduce the amount of onions depending on your taste.

Comment by Nandini Das on 29 October 2009 01:39AM
          This looks so awesome Dahlia- I'll try it tomorrow- your old fan, Nandini :)
Reply :-
           Do try it nandhini. It tastes awesome too. 

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