Peshawari Chicken Karahi

Peshawari Chicken Karahi

5 from 9 votes
Peshawari chicken karahi is a specialty of Peshawar. Made with no onions, this chicken karahi recipe has a tomato masala base packed with flavours and juicy chicken. Serve this authentic chicken karahi recipe with a side of naan for a delightful 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.

If you haven’t heard of karahis then you are definitely missing out. Juicy, tender pieces of chicken simmered in a beautiful tomato masala. The tomatoes are the star of this dish, so make sure you use good quality tomatoes.

However, with that being said often good quality ingredients are hard to come by so even if you use any old tomato then this chicken karahi is bound to taste good. Just need to use A LOT of them!

The name of this recipe originates from the pan that is cooked on. It is similar to a wok. A karahi is a heavy round deep pan with a flat base.

I have kept this chicken karahi recipe authentic to the city of Peshawar. So, if you’re from Pakistan and missing home then this recipe is made for you.

The use of no onions and black pepper matches the origins of this recipe where black pepper and tomatoes are the main components of the dishes.

I know some people do prefer to have a karahi with onions, so I made a new not-so-traditional chicken karahi recipe that uses onions and tomatoes in the masala base.

Onions were only used as karahis became increasingly popular and the onions were an inexpensive way to bulk up the masala without having to spend a fortune.

Peshawari chicken karahi is a traditional curry recipe of Peshawar, Pakistan. This Peshawari chicken karahi recipe, also known as chicken charsi, has the best aroma, taste and is very simple to make.

Peshawari chicken karahi is one of the simplest curries, with only a few ingredients but with an abundance of flavour.

This Peshawari karahi is perfect for everyone and anyone. Perfect for adults and children alike this chicken karahi recipe is sure to impress. Each bite is filled with mild heat and wonderful flavours. Serve this with a tandoori chapatti or even with boiled basmati rice.

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Peshawari Chicken Karahi

by Nabeela Kauser
Peshawari chicken karahi is a speciality of Peshawar. Made with noonions, this chicken karahi recipe has a tomato masala base packed withflavours and juicy chicken. Serve this authentic chicken karahi recipe with aside of naan for a delightful dinner!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 400 kcal



  • In a large pan heat up the oil on medium heat until hot
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste then sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant
  • Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes until the chicken has changed colour
  • As the chicken is cooking chop the tomatoes then add into the pan along with the salt and black pepper then cook for a further 15 minutes
  • Slice the green chillies lengthwise and julienne the ginger then add to the pan and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Serve immediately and enjoy with buttered naan or a plain chapatti!



Calories: 400kcal
Keyword Chicken, Curry, Karahi, Recipe
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25 days ago

5 stars
I made this for dinner tonight and it was so so so good! Tasted just like the chicken handi from my local Peshawari restaurant. Thank you!

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