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Achari Murgh (Chicken in Pickling Spices)

 Published 2013-Apr-24   Updated 2016-May-17

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Achari Chicken Curry, Spicy Pickled Chicken Curry)

Recipe For Achari Murg


  • Chicken - 1 kg (cut into small pieces)
  • Dry red chillies - 8-10
  • Carom Seeds (Ajwain) - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion - 3 (chopped)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 2 tbsp
  • Tomatoes - 3-4 (pureed)
  • Green Chillies - 5-7 (You could use bell peppers or jalapenos instead.)
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
  • Yogurt - 1/2 cup (use more if needed)
  • Lemon Juice - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pickle with it oil - 2-3 tbsp (I use mango pickle or garlic pickle)
  • Cilantro - handful

For Seasoning (Paanch Pooran)

  • Mustard Oil - 2-3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds (Rai) - 1 tsp
  • Onion seeds (Kalonji) - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds (Methi dana) - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds (Jeera) - 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds (Saunf) - 1 tsp


  1. Wash the chicken pieces nicely. Add some salt, lemon juice and slit green chillies to the chicken. Let this marinate while we get the other things ready.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and add the seasoning ingredients (paanch pooran).
  3. Add the dry red chillies and carom seeds.
  4. Add the chopped onion and saute till it turns golden brown.
  5. Next fry the ginger garlic paste. Add the pureed tomato.
  6. Add the red chilly powder, salt, turmeric powder, pickle and let it cook till oil separates from the masala.
  7. Add the chicken pieces and saute till the masala coats the chicken and the outside of the chicken is cooked.
    • Tips : - You can use any brand of pickle of your choice - home made or store bought. This is not part of the traditional recipe but adding the pickle takes the dish to a whole new level.)
    • If you want some gravy, add the yogurt at this stage. If you like it dry, scale down and add less curd or skip it all together.
  8. Cover and reduce the flame. Let the chicken cook in its own juices for 15-20 minutes. Splash some water only if the chicken sticks to the bottom of the pan.
  9. Check for seasoning. Adjust salt, chilly powder and lemon juice according to your taste.
  10. Garnish with cilantro and switch off.


  • The best part about the dish is the red and green chillies. They are so much flavored with the spices in Achari Murg that you could eat them too.

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve the tasty achari murgh with any roti or white rice.

Achari Chicken, Achari Murgh

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Comments (11)

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Very nice
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Thank You.
Person   ()
Hi, quick question. Please can you tell me if you use smooth or wrinkled dried red chillies (Kashmiri)?
Person   ()
I used the smooth one since that is what I had on hand.
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Thank you.
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Veyre good and testi recipes
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Thank you.
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Hey ! Thanks a lot for the recipy .I just made it with the help of your method and it's super awesome .
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Thats good to hear. Enjoy!!

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