Nepali Chicken Tarkari

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Nepalese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 3045 kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 dried red chilies seeded and minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • Handful of fresh cilantro leaves coarsely chopped


  1. Mix together the turmeric, pepper and salt.
  2. Rub the turmeric black pepper, and salt all over the chicken and let marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 30 minutes.
  3. In a small skillet over medium heat, dry-roast the mustard seeds for a few seconds, or until they are fragrant.
  4. Remove from the skillet and repeat with the fenugreek seeds.
  5. Be careful not to burn the spices.
  6. Combine the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder and grind into a coarse powder.
  7. Heat the oil in a wok or large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  8. Add the garlic, ginger, ground spice mixture, cumin, chilies, and bay leaves and stir to combine.
  9. Add the onion and saute until slightly translucent.
  10. Drop in the marinated chicken and stir-fry for 4 minutes, then add the stock and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then decrease the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro.
  12. Serve with cooked white rice.
Nutrition Facts
Nepali Chicken Tarkari
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3045 Calories from Fat 909
% Daily Value*
Fat 101g155%
Saturated Fat 36g225%
Cholesterol 1386mg462%
Sodium 1394mg61%
Potassium 8356mg239%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 495g990%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 13.1mg73%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.