Go Back
+ servings
chicken Karahi

Chicken Karahi (Pakistani Chicken Curry)

A wonderful main chicken curry dish from Pakistan.  Enjoy it with a kachumber salad and some fresh naan bread for an authentic Pakistani meal!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pakistani
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 285kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 inch Ginger fresh, peeled and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 lb. chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 tomatoes medium, diced
  • 2 green chilies seeded and chopped add to your heat tolerance
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp fenugreek ground
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or more if you like heat
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric ground
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro fresh, chopped

For the raita

  • 1/2 cucumber peeled and rough chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro fresh
  • 1 Tbsp mint fresh
  • 1/4 tsp coriander ground
  • 1/4 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, plain
  • salt to taste


  • In a karachi or wok heat the oil and ghee over medium high heat.
    Add in the garlic and ginger and stir until fragrant.
    wok with ghee and oil
  • Add the chicken pieces and cool until cooked on all sides.
  • Reduce the heat add in all the other ingredients except the cilantro and mix well.
    a wok filled with chicken tomatoes spices for chicken karahi
  • Cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid has cooked down.  It should take about 20 minutes.  If you have too much liquid remove the lid and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until thickened
    a wok full of chicken curry called Karahi
  • Serve the Karahi with the cilantro and you can also serve with additional chilies and ginger as well.  It is best served hot and with some naan bread and a green coriander chutney or riata.
    chicken Karahi with naan bread and chilies

For the raita

  • In a blender or food processor mix together all the ingredients except the yogurt.  One well blended stir place in a bowl and stir in the yogurt.  Add salt to taste



Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 825mg | Potassium: 758mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1180IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1.7mg