Murgh Kali Mirch
Murgh Kali Mirch
5 from 5 votes
Explore the culinary world with the alluring flavours of murgh kali mirch, a delicacy that transforms a simple chicken into a royal feast. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that highlights the richness and diversity of Indian cuisine.
Murgh Kali Mirch

When it comes to comfort food with a kick, my recipe for Murgh Kali Mirch hits all the right spots.

Originating from the vibrant culinary landscape of India, this dish boasts bold flavors and aromatic spices that dance on your palate with every bite.

Despite its exotic name, Murgh Kali Mirch is surprisingly simple to prepare, making it an ideal choice for both novice cooks and seasoned chefs alike.

Expert Tip: Toasting the cumin seeds before adding them to the dish enhances their nutty flavor and adds a layer of complexity to the overall taste.


Olive Oil: Adds a rich flavor and helps to sauté the aromatics, creating a flavorful base for the dish.

Onions: Provide a sweet and savory base while adding depth to the overall flavor profile.

Chicken (Murgh): The star of the dish, chicken adds protein and a meaty texture that absorbs the spices beautifully.

Yoghurt: Tenderizes the chicken while adding a creamy texture and a slight tanginess to balance the spices.

Ginger Paste: Infuses a warm, aromatic flavor that pairs perfectly with the other spices.

Garlic Paste: Adds a robust, savory flavor that complements the other ingredients.

Black Pepper: Delivers a bold, peppery punch that gives the dish its signature “kali mirch” flavor.

Salt: Enhances the natural flavors of the dish and helps to balance the spices.

Crushed Chillies: Adds heat and a fiery kick to the dish, balancing the richness of the other ingredients.

Coriander (Dhaniya): Fresh coriander leaves add a pop of color and a refreshing, citrusy flavor to the dish.

Green Chillies: Provide additional heat and a fresh, bright flavor that elevates the dish.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera): Toasted cumin seeds add a warm, earthy flavor and a subtle crunch to the finished dish.

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

Serving Suggestions

  • Homemade Naan: Serve the Murgh Kali Mirch alongside some freshly made naan bread for a complete meal. The soft, pillowy texture of the naan is perfect for soaking up the flavorful sauce.
  • Steamed Basmati Rice: For a more traditional approach, pair the Murgh Kali Mirch with steamed basmati rice. The fluffy grains of rice provide a neutral base that allows the bold flavors of the dish to shine.
  • Vegetable Side Dish: Round out the meal with a side of roasted or sautéed vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, or bell peppers. The vibrant colors and textures of the vegetables complement the rich flavors of the chicken dish.
  • Fresh Salad: Serve a crisp, refreshing salad on the side to balance out the richness of the Murgh Kali Mirch. Opt for a simple salad of mixed greens, cucumber, and tomatoes dressed with a light vinaigrette.
  • Chutney and Pickles: Offer a selection of chutneys and pickles as condiments to add extra flavor and heat to the meal. Mango chutney, mint chutney, and lime pickle are all excellent choices.
  • Yogurt Raita: Whip up a batch of cooling yogurt raita to serve alongside the spicy Murgh Kali Mirch. The creamy yogurt base helps to temper the heat of the dish while adding a refreshing contrast.

Expert Tip: Marinating the chicken in yogurt and spices for at least 30 minutes, or even overnight in the refrigerator, allows the flavors to penetrate deeply into the meat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Murgh Kali Mirch spicy?

Murgh Kali Mirch does have a bit of heat due to the crushed chillies and green chillies used in the recipe. However, you can adjust the level of spiciness to suit your taste by reducing or increasing the amount of chillies accordingly.

Can I use boneless chicken instead of chicken Murgh?

Yes, you can certainly use boneless chicken pieces instead of chicken Murgh in this recipe. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly, as boneless chicken tends to cook faster than bone-in chicken.

Can I substitute Greek yogurt for regular yogurt?

Yes, Greek yogurt can be used as a substitute for regular yogurt in this recipe. However, keep in mind that Greek yogurt is thicker and tangier than regular yogurt, so you may need to adjust the consistency and flavor of the dish accordingly.

Can I make Murgh Kali Mirch ahead of time?

Yes, Murgh Kali Mirch can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving. In fact, the flavors tend to develop even more after sitting for a while, so making it ahead of time can actually enhance the taste.

Is Murgh Kali Mirch gluten-free?

Yes, Murgh Kali Mirch is naturally gluten-free as long as you ensure that all the ingredients you use are gluten-free. Double-check the labels on packaged ingredients like spices and yogurt to be certain.

How long does Murgh Kali Mirch last in the refrigerator?

Murgh Kali Mirch can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Just be sure to reheat it thoroughly before serving.

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Murgh Kali Mirch

Murgh Kali Mirch

by Nabeela Kauser
Explore the culinary world with the alluring flavours of murgh kali mirch, a delicacy that transforms a simple chicken into a royal feast. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that highlights the richness and diversity of Indian cuisine.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 6
Calories 305 kcal


  • 100 ml Olive Oil
  • 1 Onions
  • 750 g Chicken Murgh
  • 200 g Yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Crushed Chillies
  • Coriander Dhaniya
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera


  • Heat the olive oil in the pan on medium heat until hot
  • Add the ginger paste and garlic paste then sauté for 1-2 minutes on high heat
  • Add the finely diced onions and cook for 5 minutes until softened
  • Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes on high heat until the chicken changes colour
  • Add the salt, black pepper, and crushed chillies then cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat
  • Add the yoghurt and cook for a further 6-8 minutes on medium heat
  • Add the chopped coriander, crushed cumin seeds and chopped green chillies
  • Serve alongside some homemade naan and enjoy!



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


Calories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 13gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 504mgPotassium: 231mgFibre: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 271IUVitamin C: 5mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Black Pepper, Chicken, Chicken Kali Mirch, Curry, Food, Indian, Murgh Kali Mirch, Recipe
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