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Chicken Kala Masala

Chicken Kala Masala (Chicken in black gravy) - Rustic Maharashtrian style Chicken made with aromatic kala masala with roasted coconut & onions.

This recipe needs preparation of masalas & it involves some effort to get the desired taste. If all the steps are followed it turns out to be super delicious with unique black masala.


Marination for chicken

1kg Chicken

2tbsp ginger garlic green chilli paste

1/2 cup yoghurt

Salt to taste

Black Masala

1whole charred onions

1/2 Dry coconut charred

Special Garam masala

4tbsp coriander seeds

3 tbsp sesame seeds

Dry Red chillies

2 black cardamom

5 cloves

10 pepper corns

10 tirphal

10 Nagkesar

1 Star anise

2 Bay leaves

2 inch Cinnamon Stick

1 Mace

1 tsp Salt

For Chicken Gravy

2tbsp oil

1 chopped onion

1Tbspn green paste

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2-3 tbsp Special garam masala

Kala masala mix


Marinate chicken with the given ingredients for 5-6 hours or overnight in fridge.

Roast onion & coconut on direct flame till it gets charred. Cool them & grind it to make paste. Use water if required.

Roast all the ingredients mentioned under title Special Garam Masala lightly on pan & cool them. Grind it to powder. Store in air tight container.

Heat oil in pan. Saute chopped onions till they turn translucent. Saute green paste. Now mix marinated chicken & saute on high flame.

Add dry spice & garam masala. Mix well. Now mix the onion coconut black paste. Adjust salt. Cover & cook for 12-15 minutes. Check occasionally and add water if required.

Chicken Kala Masala is ready. Tastes best with jowar or rice Bhakri.

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