Achari Chicken - Murgh Achari - Kravings

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May. 22, 2019

I love pickle, aka achar, so its no surprise that I love to make and eat this dish. Achari Chicken or Murgh Achari is a popular Indian curry recipe that mimics the flavours of a pickle by using the spices and flavours that go into pickling mangoes, carrots and other vegetables. But its not restricted to just vegetables, pickles can also include non vegetarian proteins like fish, shrimp or even beef!


For marinade:
Whole chicken 1 1/2 Kilogram , cut in to medium pieces (about 3 lbs)
Lemon 1/2 , juiced
Ginger garlic paste 2 Tablespoon
Salt 1 Teaspoon
For the curry:
Mustard oil 3 Tablespoon
Vegetable oil 3 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Nigella seeds/Onion seeds 1 Teaspoon (Leveled)
Fennel seeds 1 Teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
Dried whole red chilies 5
Garlic 6 Clove (30 gm) (julienned)
Julienned ginger 2 Tablespoon
Finely sliced onions 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Tumeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilli powder 2 Teaspoon
Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
Ginger garlic paste 2 Tablespoon
Black salt 1 Tablespoon (add more to taste)
Tomato puree 4 Tablespoon
Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Beaten yogurt 5 Tablespoon
Chopped coriander 2 Tablespoon (for garnish)



1. Marinate the Chicken with the lemon juice, ginger & garlic paste and salt and leave aside.


2. Heat the mustard and regular oil and ad the cumin, nigella, fennel, fenugreek, mustard seeds followed by the dried red chillies, julienne of garlic and ginger and the onion.

3. Allow the onion to sweat and turn golden brown and remove everything and keep aside.

4. Add the chicken, allow this to brown on one side, flip over and brown on the other side.

5. Add the turmeric and chilli powder, salt and the tomato puree.

6. Mix everything well, add water, cover and cook till nice and tender.

7. Fold the yogurt in.


8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes
Servings: 6