Charsi Chicken Karahi
Charsi Chicken Karahi
5 from 19 votes
Charsi chicken karahi is a lightly spiced chicken curry recipe. With a luscious and thick tomato masala base, this karahi recipe is perfectly served with homemade naan.

A delicious chicken karahi recipe made with no onions but loaded with tomatoey goodness. The chicken is fried in oil then the tomatoes are cooked until the skin can be removed before being broken down to form a rich and luscious tomato masala.

Packed with tons of flavour, this charsi chicken karahi recipe is just too good to be true. Different to other chicken curry recipes this chicken curry recipe is made with simple ingredients yet is extremely hard to beat in taste.

Serve with homemade naan bread for a delicious dinner.

Karahis are a popular curry all over Pakistan and India gaining increasing popularity in restaurants all over the globe. Nothing gives Indian flavours quite as karahis do. I love my karahis whether it’s a lamb karahi or chicken karahi.

Charsi chicken karahi is quite different to a lot of chicken curry recipes. There aren’t as many spices added in an authentic charsi chicken karahi recipe.

If you have a look at my classic chicken jalfrezi or my authentic butter chicken or even my British chicken tikka masala recipe, you will see that all these curry recipes have lots of different spices added.

Each chicken curry recipe is special in its own regard, but this recipe is particularly unique due to its simple use of salt and black pepper. The black pepper adds an earthy flavour to this chicken karahi recipe, and it tastes delicious. Not to mention it is so simple to make!

Another significant difference is that this recipe uses no onions. The main ingredient in the masala is the tomatoes and they add a distinct sweetness that you won’t get in other recipes.

I chop the tomatoes in half and then place them face down on the chicken before covering and cooking for a few minutes. This makes it easier to pull the skins of the tomatoes, so you end up with a smoother and thicker tomato masala.

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Charsi Chicken Karahi

by Nabeela Kauser
Chicken charsi karahi is a lightly spiced chicken curry recipe. With a lucious and thick tomato masala base, this karahi recipe is perfect served with homemade naan.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 6
Calories 593 kcal


  • 300 ml Oil
  • 800 g Chicken
  • 6 Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 5 Green Chillies
  • Ginger julienne


  • Add the chicken, oil and salt then cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes until the chicken changes colour and turns white
  • Remove any excess oil then add the slices green chillies and garlic paste then sauté for 1-2 minutes
  • Chop the tomatoes in half and place face down on the chicken before covering and cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Use tongs and remove the tomato skins then cook for 8-10 minutes on high heat until any excess water dries up
  • Add the black pepper and julienne ginger then cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Serve immediately with a side of homemade naan bread and enjoy!



Calories: 593kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 13gFat: 57gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 564mgPotassium: 427mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1116IUVitamin C: 23mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Curry, Karahi, Spicy
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Marilyn Guiyab
Marilyn Guiyab
11 months ago

5 stars
I start living in Dubai and dont about cooking but I read from this article and help me with cook chicken. Great work

4 months ago

5 stars
This recipe is from Peshawar.

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