Charsi Chicken Karahi
Charsi Chicken Karahi
5 from 25 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.
Charsi Chicken Karahi

Welcome to the flavorful world of Charsi Chicken Karahi! Originating from the heart of Pakistani cuisine, this dish is a delightful blend of tender chicken, vibrant spices, and fresh ingredients.

Despite its exotic name, Charsi Chicken Karahi is surprisingly easy to make, making it a perfect choice for both novice and seasoned cooks alike.

With its roots in the bustling streets of Pakistan, Charsi Chicken Karahi has a rich history deeply intertwined with the culture and traditions of the region.

Traditionally cooked in a karahi, a type of deep, circular cooking vessel, this dish has been a favorite among food enthusiasts for generations. Its name, “Charsi,” refers to the method of preparation rather than any specific ingredient, embodying the rustic charm and robust flavors of the dish.

Don’t be intimidated by the seemingly lengthy list of ingredients or complex cooking instructions. Charsi Chicken Karahi is all about simplicity and bold flavors.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply craving a comforting meal, this recipe promises to satisfy your taste buds and transport you to the bustling streets of Pakistan.

Expert Tip: For a richer flavor, marinate the chicken in yogurt and spices for a few hours before cooking.


Oil: The oil serves as the base for cooking the chicken, ensuring it cooks evenly and retains moisture.

Chicken: The star of the dish, chicken provides protein and texture to the Charsi Chicken Karahi.

Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes add a tangy sweetness to the dish while also contributing to the rich gravy.

Garlic Paste: Garlic infuses the dish with aromatic flavor, enhancing its overall taste.

Salt: Salt enhances the natural flavors of the ingredients and helps to balance the dish.

Black Pepper: Black pepper adds a subtle heat and depth to the Charsi Chicken Karahi.

Green Chillies: Green chillies provide a spicy kick, adding a layer of heat to the dish.

Ginger Julienne: Ginger julienne adds a fresh, zesty flavor and a pop of color to the finished dish.

Expert Tip: Adjust the amount of green chillies according to your spice tolerance.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair Charsi Chicken Karahi with freshly baked naan bread for an authentic Pakistani dining experience.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice for a burst of freshness.
  • Serve alongside fragrant basmati rice or simple steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

Expert Tip: Ensure the chicken is cooked through before adding the tomatoes to prevent undercooked chicken.

Frequently Asked Questions

How spicy is Charsi Chicken Karahi?

Charsi Chicken Karahi can be adjusted to suit your spice preference. Adjust the amount of green chillies used to control the level of heat in the dish.

Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

Yes, boneless chicken can be used for Charsi Chicken Karahi. However, using bone-in chicken adds extra flavor to the dish.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

While Charsi Chicken Karahi is best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the ingredients in advance and assemble the dish just before serving for optimal flavor.

Is Charsi Chicken Karahi gluten-free?

Yes, Charsi Chicken Karahi is naturally gluten-free as it does not contain any gluten-containing ingredients.

Can I substitute any of the spices?

Feel free to adjust the spices according to your taste preferences. You can also add additional spices such as cumin or coriander for extra flavor.

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Charsi Chicken Karahi

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 25 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 4
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!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


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