Friday, 29 November 2013

Murgh Kaaju Ghee Roast

( Tender chicken cooked in Cashew paste & clarified butter)

My Mom & I mostly have our conversations around food. My mom is a great cook & the only difference between our style of cooking is, she loves to make rich & elaborate dishes. whereas I try to cut down on richness & make quick fix meals. Nevertheless my moms food is amazing, I am not saying because she is my Mom, but she definitely is a talented chef. She can cook in large scale & still make perfect dishes. Well I don't have so much courage to cook for more than 10 people. 

Earlier I have shared Chicken Ghee roast recipe, which is a true Mangalorean dish. While talking to Mummy, she told me that she experimented something & it was more delicious than the regular Ghee roast. Now that I have tried this recipe, I must admit that this is more tastier than the regular ghee roast. A big Thank you to Mummy for coming up with such a tasty recipe. The best part of the recipe is its simplicity. This recipe has very few ingredients & gets done under 20 mins. Here is the recipe & enjoy it! This is how I made it 

Making time: 20 - 30 mins
Serves: 5 people

  • 1 kg whole chicken cleaned & cut into medium size pieces
  • 1 Tbsp Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tspn Cumin Powder
  • 1/4 tspn Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 15 whole cashew nuts
  • 1 Tbspn lemon juice
  • 1 Tbspn minced ginger & garlic
  • 1 Tbspn cooking oil
  • 2 Tbspn Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Coriander leaves to garnish
  1. In a heavy bottom Kadai/ Pan add 1 tbspn of cooking oil, fry the ginger garlic for a minute.
  2. Add the chicken pieces, salt, turmeric powder & saute well until well combined.
  3. Now covered the lid & cook the chicken on low flame for about 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Saute in between to avoid chicken from sticking to the bottom. (Add 1/4 cup of water only if required)
  4. Once the chicken is cooked the water in the chicken needs to drain off. Turn off the flame & set the chicken aside.
  5. In a mixer/ blender, make a powder of Cashew, cumin powder & chili powder.
  6. Now add in 1/4 cup of warm water to this cashew powder & set aside.
  7. In a Pan add 2 tbspn of ghee & add the cashew paste in it. Cook this on low flame for about 2 minutes, until fat separate.
  8. Now mix in the cooked chicken into this fried cashew paste & give it a good mix. 
  9. Finally garnish the dish with some lemon juice & coriander leaves.
  1. In Singapore we get tender chicken so cook time is lesser. Well back in India the chicken is very hard, so you may have to cook the chicken for longer.
  2. Since chicken has a lot of water in it, no need to add extra water. Just in case you feel the chicken is drying out & not cooked yet, only then add water.
  3. If you want you can marinate the chicken with salt & turmeric powder & keep. I dint as I am always in a hurry to cook:)


  1. I love that thick gravy over the chicken..sure the chicken would have tasted yumm

  2. Nothing like mum's cooking.. :)
    This chicken recipe looks so rich , may be I can try it with paneer as I am a vegetarian
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  3. I too do the same,cut short my mum's recipe for a quick fix meal. Adore the flavors and the vibrant color.

  4. I tried it today and it was more than awesome :) My boys totally loved it!!!

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  6. I tried that and it was the tastiest and simplest chicken i ever had. I gave it my colleagues also during dinner. They all liked it and some even never wanted to drink water for some time stating that the taste will wear off. I was so happy that day. Thanks a ton mam for your recipe.

    1. I am so happy that you loved this recipe Manohar. Thanks you so much for stopping by & for your honest feedback.


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