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achari chicken recipe, achari murgh curry

achari chicken recipe, achari murgh curry

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Achari chicken or achari murgh is a pickle flavoured chicken curry that uses all the spices mainly used to make pickles. It is quite a popular dish in Hyderabad as well as in other parts of India. I am sharing the detailed procedure to make the recipe along with step by step photos.

Check out various chicken recipes on the blog that are not so common and yet quite popular such as chicken jalfrezi, chicken changezi, chettinad chicken, indian chicken curry, shahi chicken korma, dahi chicken etc…

achari chicken served in a bowl with chapati beside

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About the recipe

This is a pickle flavour kind of chicken curry which is made by using achari ingredients such as kalonji, mustard, methi and cumin seeds. The main ingredient added into the recipe is an achari powder which is made instantly.

The achari powder is made by roasting pickle-flavoured ingredients such as mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chillies and fennel seeds. Any pickle making mainly uses them to make achar.

Here, I am making a quick and instant chicken achar. The work ‘achar’ is a term given to pickle.

This is a pickle flavoured curry that tastes best with roti or paratha. It is simply made by making a base of onion, tomatoes and also adding this achari powder gives an amazing achari aroma to the whole dish.

Lastly, the dish is completed by giving an achari tadka using some tadka seeds, chillies and fresh curry leaves.

Check out other simple chicken recipes that can be used to serve as starters are chicken liver fry, chicken leg fry, kadai chicken.

Check out the detailed ingredients to use in the recipe below.

Ingredients

Achari spices: I am dry roasting spices to add to the chicken curry. The spices used are mustard/Raai, cumin /jeera, fenugreek/methi, mainly kalonji seeds/ nigella seeds, dry red chillies.

Also, a cinnamon stick to give an aromatic flavour is added and roasted. These are the main achari flavours that are mandatorily added.

Boneless chicken: Using any chicken is fine but if serving with flatbreads, it is better to use boneless chicken pieces that are cut into small cubes.

Onions: Using onions by chopping them finely as this is a curry or gravy form and gives a good base to store for few days in the refrigerator.

Tomato puree: Using 3-4 tomatoes and making a puree of them to add to the chicken achari gives a good curry base. Using a readily available puree or making it at home is a better option.

Oil: Oil is used in some stages of the recipe making as it is essential for any curry recipe or a pickle recipe. Using any oil can be opted as per one’s choice. The oil used should be edible.

Dry spices and Yogurt:

These are used to marinate or mix the chicken pieces to add flavours to the achari chicken tikka pieces. The basic spices used are salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste.

Also, adding yogurt to the chicken marinade to add and enhance the chicken flavour.

Tadka: Giving tadka using basic tadka ingredients such as mustard, kalonji, chillies, curry leaves is important in the end as well as is the main step to give the pickle flavours to the whole recipe.

achari chicken served in a bowl with chapati beside

Step by step procedure 

Achari masala powder

  • Pour oil and heat it. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds. Also, add kalonji/ nigella seeds, fenugreek/ methi seeds and add Add fennel seeds, dry red chilies, 1 cinnamon stick.
making achari masala powder
  • Dry roast all the ingredients for few seconds and cool them down.
dry roasting the ingredients
  • Blend the roasted ingredients into fine powder and keep aside.
Blending the roasted ingredients into fine powder and keep aside

Mixing the chicken

  • Take boneless chicken pieces in a mixing bowl.
Taking boneless chicken pieces in a mixing bowl
  • Add salt as per taste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, yogurt.
marinating the chicken
  • Mix the marinade well.
mixing the masala

Making the achari murgh

  • Pour oil into a wok or a pan. Add medium size finely chopped onions and saute them until they turn soft.
saute finely chopped onions
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute for few seconds.
Adding ginger garlic paste and saute
  • Add the chicken marinade, mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes until color of chicken changes.
cooking the chicken
  • Add the roasted achari chicken powder and mix well.
Add the roasted blended powder
  • Add 1 cup tomato puree.
Add 1 cup tomato puree
  • Mix and add red chili powder. Also, add roasted coriander powder and adjust salt if required.
adding spices
  • Mix. Close the lid, cover and Cook the masala well until oil releases.
cooking the masala
  • Keep cooking until chicken tenderizes and keep stirring in between.
cooking the chicken

Tadka

  • Take a tadka pan, pour oil and heat it.
    • Add mustard seeds, kalonji/nigella seeds.
    • Also, add dried redchillies, saute well.
    • Add fresh curry leaves and let them crackle.
preparing the tadka to add to achari chicken
  • Add the tadka to the chicken achari.
Adding the tadka to the chicken achari
  • Mix well. Serve hot with roti or paratha.
serving it in a bowl

Recipe

achari chicken served in a bowl with chapati beside

achari chicken recipe, achari murgh curry

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A curry made using achari flavors with boneless achari chicken tikka pieces.

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Prep Time 25 mins

Cook Time 5 hrs 40 mins

Course Chicken Recipe, Curries/Gravies, Pickles

Cuisine Hyderabadi, Indian, Pakistani

Servings 4

Calories 280 kcal

Ingredients  

Achari chicken powder spices

  • ½ teaspoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon kalonji/ nigella seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek/methi seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1 cinnamon stick

chicken marinade spices

  • 500 gms boneless chicken pieces (wash well)
  • salt as per taste
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoon yogurt

Making the achari murgh curry

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 medium size finely chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup tomato puree (puree from 3-4 tomatoes)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon roasted coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon kalonji/nigella seeds
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 5-6 fresh curry leaves

Instructions 

Achari chicken powder

  • Pour oil and heat it.

  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds.

  • Add kalonji/ nigella seeds, fenugreek/ methi seeds.

  • Add fennel seeds, dry red chilies, 1 cinnamon stick.

  • Dry roast all the ingredients for few seconds and cool them down.

  • Blend the roasted ingredients into fine powder and keep aside.

Mixing the chicken

  • Take boneless chicken pieces in a mixing bowl.

  • Add salt as per taste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, yogurt.

  • Mix the marinade well.

Making the achari murgh

  • Pour oil into a wok or a pan.

  • Add medium size finely chopped onions.

  • Saute them until they turn soft.

  • Add ginger garlic paste.

  • Saute for few seconds.

  • Add the chicken marinade.

  • Mix well.

  • Cook for 4-5 minutes until color of chicken changes.

  • Add the roasted achari chicken powder.

  • Mix well.

  • Add 1 cup tomato puree

  • Mix.

  • Add red chili powder.

  • Add roasted coriander powder and adjust salt if required.

  • Mix.

  • Close the lid.

  • Cover and Cook the masala well until oil releases.

  • Keep cooking until chicken tenderizes.

  • Keep stirring in between.

Tadka

  • Take a tadka pan, pour oil and heat it.

  • Add mustard seeds, kalonji/nigella seeds.

  • Also, add dried redchillies, saute well.

  • Add fresh curry leaves and let them crackle.

  • Add the tadka to the chicken achari.

  • Mix well.

  • Serve hot with roti or paratha.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

achari chicken recipe, achari murgh curry

Amount Per Serving

Calories 280
Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Trans Fat 1g

Polyunsaturated Fat 4g

Monounsaturated Fat 8g

Cholesterol 81mg27%

Sodium 170mg7%

Potassium 790mg23%

Carbohydrates 8g3%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 28g56%

Vitamin A 388IU8%

Vitamin C 9mg11%

Calcium 46mg5%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Variations

Here, in the recipe, I am using tomato puree and chopped onions. These twp ingredients can be replaced with fine onion paste and finely chopped tomatoes. Adding in chopped form or by making a paste is entirely optional.

Fennel seeds give good flavor to the achar but if not handy it can be skipped.

If one does not want to make curry then just coat the achari masala powder to the boneless chicken tikka pieces and shallow fry them or barbecue them to get the flavor of achari chicken tikka.

Storage

Since this is made like an instant curry it can last up to a week if stored well in the refrigerator.

The taste starts changing after few days as it is made in the form of a curry.

Do not store it for months as the achari chicken made here is instant and not suitable to store for a long time.

Faq’s

Can we store it?

Yes, it can be stored but not for months. Just store for a few days and use it as a side dish to flatbreads.

Is it similar to achari chicken tikka?

This recipe is made in the form of a gravy or curry. To make the achari murgh tikka, the pieces are marinated well with the achari powdered masala and then placed in a tandoor or fried or barbecued.

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