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Chicken ghee roast | How to make Chicken ghee roast recipe

Chicken ghee roast is a classic, popular Mangalorean dish with a bright reddish color and tangy, spicy, juicy roasted chicken pieces. Learn with video/pictures.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 300 kcal



    For ghee roast masala:

    • 1.5 tsp coriander seeds
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 tsp pepper corns
    • 1 tsp fennel seeds
    • ½ tsp fenugreek methi seeds
    • 5 red chillies
    • 4 kashmiri red chillies
    • 5 garlic pods
    • 1 inch ginger

    To marinate:

    • ¾ kg chicken
    • 4 tbsp curd
    • ½ tsp turmeric
    • ½ lemon juice

    Other ingredients:

    • 3 tbsp ghee
    • 2 tbsp tamarind water
    • 1 tsp jaggery
    • 1.5 tsp salt
    • Few curry leaves



    • Soak Kashmiri red chillies in warm water for 15 minutes.
    • Also, soak a small gooseberry size tamarind in some warm water for few minutes, extra the thick juice and set aside.

    How to marinate:

    • In a bowl, take cleaned chicken pieces.
    • Add curd, turmeric powder, and lemon juice.
    • Mix well with the chicken and set aside this marination for one hour.


      How to make ghee roast masala:

      • Heat a pan, dry roast coriander seeds, peppercorns, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, and fenugreek seeds.
      • Also add dry red chillies.
      • Roast these in medium heat for 5 mins until a nice aroma arises.
      • Switch off, cool them down, transfer the contents to a blender.
      • Add ginger, garlic, and soaked Kashmiri chillies to the other ingredients in the blender.
      • Grind them into a fine paste using little water. Our ghee roast masala is ready. Keep aside.

      How to make the chicken ghee roast:

      • Heat good amount of ghee in a flat pan, place the marinated chicken pieces along with the curd.
      • Cook the bottom sides of the chicken pieces in medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes.
      • There is no need to add water. The moisture from the curd and the own juice of chicken is enough to cook the pieces in ghee.
      • After four minutes, flip the pieces and cook for 4 more minutes until the chicken becomes soft and juicy. Since we are going to cook the chicken again in the masala for few minutes, it's enough to cook only for around 8 minutes.
      • Transfer the pieces to a plate.
      • Now in the same pan with the leftover ghee, add the ground ghee roast masala and mix well.
      • In a few minutes, the masala blends well with the ghee and you will get a beautiful aroma.
      • Add the required salt, tamarind water, and jaggery.
      • Put the almost cooked chicken pieces and mix with the masala.
      • Cover with a lid and cook the chicken in ghee masala for five minutes in low heat.
      • After 5 minutes, the masala sticks to the pieces and chicken absorbs the spices fully. If you like even more dry than keep on the stove for few more minutes.
      • Sprinkle few fresh curry leaves, mix and switch off.
      • Serve hot with appams, dosas, chapati, and rice.



      1) You can little salt in the marination. And if you add in marination, reduce the amount of salt while cooking.
      2) And try to use thick curd, which is not very sour.
      3) Moreover, do not use more of fenugreek seeds than the mentioned quantity, as they may add extra bitterness.
      4) if you are ended up with more masala, keep in the refrigerator and use for paneer ghee roast, cauliflower ghee roast, and mutton ghee roast.
      5) Also, do not skip the marination step, because curd is one of the important ingredients to make this recipe.
      6) Lastly, do not alter the recipe with ingredients like oil for ghee and powders for whole spices to get authentic chicken ghee roast.


      Calories: 300kcal
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