Chicken Murgh do Pyaza



Oh, my lovely friend Lina. What can I  say about her? Well, the woman rocks. She writes, she cooks, she loves engineering and she still has enough room to be creative to think of some interesting challenges. How DOES she do it? I don´t know but the fact is that she does it and I am so grateful that she does. By participating in her challenges, I have learned a lot and have enjoyed seeing the posts of other participants!

I would like to thank  Parul from and  Sandhya from for being willing to judge our contributions!

This recipe comes from the Punjab region and it was a knockout of a dish! the flavours were incredible. The recipe usually involves a whole chicken cut into pieces but I changed it and used chicken breast instead. I adapted this from a recipe I found on Tasty Indian Recipes Would  I make it again? Yes! I served it on plain rice but I would serve it over basmati next time. I just did not realise that I didn´t have any more basmati left. Perhaps you like your curries to be spicier but personally, I always start off in smaller portions and work my way from there. These amounts below really worked well for me!

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 300 grams chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 onions thinly chopped
  • 4 tomatoes pureed
  • 1 tbsp fresh yogurt
  • 6-7 pods garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder (I used a sweet paprika)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Whole garam masala:

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 green or black cardamom seeds, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspooon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

How to make Murgh do Pyaza:

  1. Apply salt, red chilli powder and lemon juice on the pieces of chicken and keep aside.
  2. Marinate the chicken in the mixture of yogurt, turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Melt butter on low heat in a large frying pan. Add the chicken and sautee until cooked through.Remove the chicken and set aside.
  5. Now add a little more butter to the frying pan and melt it on low heat. Add the garlic and  chopped onion. Sautee until transluscent.
  6. Add tomato puree and the chicken.
  7. Mix well  and check for seasoning.  Cover with the lid.
  8. Leave to cook on low to medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes.


This recipe was easy and fantastic! I hope that Lina will approve!

Take care everyone and than you for reading.

xxxx Natascha

47 thoughts on “Chicken Murgh do Pyaza

  1. It looks absolutely amazing Natascha! Thanks for those amazing compliments! You are in fact one of the most talented and passionate cook I have ever met! 3 cakes! That was just amazing! This looks perfect! It tastes great with rice but you should probably also try it with naan, chappati or kulcha!

    1. Thank you so much! You deserve the compliments. The cakes were definitely an adventure! Your challenges are the best! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  2. Hi Natascha. Lovely to see you here in this space. You have done a wonderful job with this murgh do pyaza. Even though I spent a couple of years in Northern India and thought I knew a lot, I am still learning.

    1. Hi! Thank you so much! Did you enjoy your time in India? It is true that the more you know the more you discover that there is so much more to learn! Great seeing you here too. Hope you are having a great weekend xxxxxx

  3. I love Lina’s challenges too! This looks so delicious and flavorful Natascha 🙂 Great job!
    I have nominated you for the three day quote challenge. Please don’t feel obligated to participate. If you are interested, the information is on my homepage. Have a wonderful Tuesday 🙂

  4. This curry sounds delicious Natascha! I love the sound of the masala. You took the words right out of my mouth about Lina–where else could you find such a kind, friendly and passionate blogger who challenges us all to something new?

    1. Thank you so much! Lina’s enthusiasm is contagious! Really grateful for what blogging has done for us. We “meet” new people and learn new things. 👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍😙😙😙😙😙😙😙

  5. The flavor combinations in this dish sound fantastic. I really love Indian food! I wish you lived next door… I would visit you often 😉

    1. Now wouldn’t that be wonderfuI? I reckon we would be making frequent visits! 😂 We would have a good laugh or two! This recipe was really simple as well as yummy. Indian food is just lovely!

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