Hariyali Chicken

Chicken doused in a green herby sauce made with coriander and mint leaves.

Hariyali Chicken

Hariyali Chicken

Recipe by Ushakal GroupCourse: Main CourseCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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  • 300 gm boneless chicken (cut into chunks)

  • 1 bunch Spinach chopped

  • 1 cup tomato puree

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves chopped

  • 8-10 green chilies whole

  • 1 cup yogurt (fresh curd)

  • 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste

  • 1 tsp red chilli powder

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

  • 2 tsp coriander powder

  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds (white til)

  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds (khas-khas)

  • 4-5 pods green cardamoms

  • 4-5 whole cashew nuts

  • 1 tsp unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup fresh cream

  • 1/2 tsp lime juice

  • 2 tsp oil

  • Salt to taste

  • Whole Garam Masala:

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2-3 black peppercorns

  • 2-3 cloves

  • 1-inch cinnamon

  • 1 mace


  • In a mixing bowl add chicken, curd, salt, ginger-garlic paste and 1/2 tsp red chilli powder. Mix well and keep this marination aside minimum for half an hour.
  • Wash the spinach thoroughly and boil in its own water. Leave spinach to cool.
  • In a grinding bowl add boiled spinach, green chilies, cilantro and mint leaves. Grind all together into a fine paste.
  • Again in a grinding bowl add cashew nuts, poppy seeds, green cardamoms and sesame seeds. Grind well to make a powder.
  • Heat oil in a pan add whole garam masala, saute well. Add tomato puree and stir with whole garam masala for a minute. Add ground green paste, salt, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder and turmeric powder, mix well.
  • Add marinated chicken and stir well. Cook the chicken in green masala paste and tomatoes for about 15-18 minutes on low flame.
  • Add ground powder and coriander powder, mix well and cook till water evaporates and gravy becomes medium thick.
  • Add lemon juice and unsalted butter. Cover the pan with the lid and leave it for 2 minutes, so that chicken get aroma of all flavors and butter.
  • Finally add fresh cream, mix well and cook for few more seconds.
  • Garnish hariyali chicken with some fresh cream just before serving. Serve hot with naan or plain steamed rice.


  • While blending green vegetables you can add little of water.
    Sometimes this recipe tastes little sour, so to avoid that sourness you can add honey or sugar.
    Hariyali Chicken tastes good when it is served in medium thick gravy.

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