Recipe: Chicken Lababdar

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Chicken Lababdar

Mughlai, Mains

250 calories/serving
30 mins
A delicacy from Mughlai kitchen with chicken cooked in tomatoonion-cashew nut gravy to give it the royal taste it is known for

Recipe by:

Spice eats


turmeric powder
red chilli powder
cumin powder
cashew nut
green chilli
green cardamom
black peppercorn
bay leaf
kashmiri red chilli powder
coriander powder
garam masala powder
tomato purée
fresh cream
dry fenugreek leaves


1. Marinate 500 gms chicken (preferably leg & thigh pieces) with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1.5 tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder and 4 tbsp whisked curd. mix well and set aside in room temperature for an hour.

2. Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and add 1 medium size cubed onion, 1 inch of chopped ginger, 6 garlic cloves, 4 cashew nuts, 2 small green chillies cut into half. mix with a spoon and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. drain the items and allow it to cool. transfer to a blender and blend it to a paste. keep aside.

3. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a kadai/pan and add the whole spices namely 2 green cardamom, 3 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon, 1/4 piece mace / javitri, 8 black peppercorns, 1 bay leaf. give a stir and add the blended paste.

4. Mix well and fry on medium heat for around 5 minutes.

5. Now add 1/2 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala powder, 3 tbsp tomato purée and a pinch (1/8 tsp) of salt. mix well and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.

6. Now add the marinated chicken, mix well and fry on high heat for 5 minutes. continue to fry it, stirring it occasionally for another 3 minutes on medium heat.

7. Now simmer it on low heat for another 2-3 minutes till oil separates.

8. Add 1/2 cup water. mix, cover & cook on low heat for around 15 minutes.

9. Once done, add 3 tbsp fresh cream, 1 tsp roasted & powdered kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves. mix well and simmer for 2 minutes till oil separates.

10. Chicken lababdar is ready to serve.

By Spice Eats