Chicken karahi is the most famous traditional Pakistani and Indian dish. Almost every Pakistani mom cooks karahi chicken once a week or a month at least. This is one of the most delicious dishes that is noted for its spicy taste. Pakistani people use capsicum instead of onions. That’s why the taste of the Pakistani version is a bit different. It can take between 35 to 45 minutes to prepare and cook. It can be served with nan or roti, but some people eat chicken karahi with rice. The primary origin of this dish is the Indian subcontinent. I have read much time in different magazines that the origin of this specific dish is khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

The Star Ingredient for Chicken Karahi

The star ingredient of chicken karahi is tomato. It’s essential to use tomatoes in karahi chicken. You can use vine or Roma tomatoes for better taste. Some people use tomato pulp or yogurt but it does not work well.

Other chicken karahi Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooking oil or ghee
  • 500-gram chicken meat, cut into small pieces
  • Half kg tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic, ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp black pepper, crushed
  • Half tsp cumin powder
  • Half tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • Two long green chillis
  • Half bunch chopped coriander


How to make chicken karahi

Making chicken karahi is super easy. The recipe is speedy and incredibly delicious. This article provides you the best guide to cooking chicken karahi Dhaba style. Follow my steps.

 Step by Step Instructions to cook chicken karahi Dhaba style

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot
  2. Add chicken pieces
  3. Saute the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes
  4. Add garlic and ginger paste
  5. Saute again for 2 to 3 minutes
  6. Add some spices such as red chili powder, salt, turmeric
  7. Saute on a medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes and let the oil separates from the chicken
  8. Add chopped tomatoes
  9. Lower the heat from high to medium-low
  10. After 15 minutes, once the tomatoes have softened, take off the lid and cook on high heat
  11. After 5 to 7 minutes, your dish is ready to serve
  12. You can serve it with naan, roti, and rice as well


  • Calories: 292 kcal
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Vitamin: C 22mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Calcium: 26mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Fat: 22g
  • Fiber: 2g


That’s it. I hope so I have provided you the information and guide to make chicken karahi in this article. Making this specific dish is quite simple and super comfortable. Keep in touch with me to get more cooking guides and recipes. If you have any questions or queries, please comment below in the comment section.


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