Chicken Hara Masala

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 500 grams boneless chicken diced
  • ¾ cup cilantro roughly chopped
  • 4 green chilies
  • 1/3 cup spring onions optional
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 ½ cup plain full-fat yogurt
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp crushed ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 tsp red chili flakes


  • Add cilantro, green chilies and yogurt to a food processor and pulse till well-blended.
  • Heat oil in a medium-sized saucepan, add crushed garlic and fry on low heat for 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add salt, crushed ginger and red chili flakes. Fry for another 2 – 3 minutes on high heat while stirring.
  • Add yogurt and stir for another couple of minutes.
  • Partially cover the saucepan with a lid, and let the hara masala bubble and chicken tenderize for roughly 10 minutes.


I understand that some will be upset about the absence of mint in the hara masala. As I mentioned earlier, there are many variations of this base, some that include mint, some that don't. Since I don't use mint frequently, I decided to omit but if you would like to add it, I would recommend adding 1/4 cup along with the cilantro and green chilies into the yogurt sauce.