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Chicken Pasanda Recipe

The chicken pasanda recipe was a favorite dish in the Mughal court. It was a popular meat dish at the royal court, hence the name “Pasanda”, from “Pasanda”, which means “beloved”. They usually use the best cuts of meat to make this. This dish consists of freshly ground whole spice powder used to marinate the chicken.

The gravy has well caramelized onions and is cooked with mushy tomatoes. The marinated chicken is then cooked along with the sautéed mixture and finally cooked along with yogurt. 

Serve the Chicken Pasanda Recipe along with Whole Wheat Palak Naan Recipe and Burani Raita for a weeknight dinner.


Coriander (Dhania) Seeds 

Cumin seeds (Jeera) 1 teaspoon

Whole Black Peppercorns 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini) 1 inch

Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds 1

Red Chillies 2 Dry

Bay leaf (tej patta) 1

Chicken 500 grams

Curd (Dahi / Yogurt) 1/2 cup

4 cloves Garlic , finely chopped 

Ginger , finely chopped 1 inch

Oil 2 teaspoons

2 Onions , sliced 

2 Tomatoes , chopped 

Turmeric powder (Haldi) 1 teaspoon

Salt 1 teaspoon


To begin making the Chicken Pasanda Recipe, thoroughly wash and clean the chicken pieces. 

Heat a skillet on low flame and add all the whole spices – Cumin seeds, Black Pepper, Cinnamon Stick, Cloves, Cardamom pods, Bay leaves and Dry red chillies and roast them for few minutes until the spices are well roasted and aroma begins to rise. Turn off the flame and allow it to cool. 

Transfer the spices to a blender grinder and grind to a powder. 

To marinate chicken, combine yogurt, freshly ground spice mix, finely chopped ginger and garlic in a large bowl. Add the chicken to the mixture, brush all the chicken with masala and marinate for 30 minutes. 

Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions and fry until golden brown. This takes about 4-6 minutes. Add tomatoes, sprinkle with salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Cover and simmer until tomatoes are mushy. Add marinated chicken and stir all ingredients well. 

Enjoy our Chicken Pasanda recipe with flat bread or naan.

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