Bihari Style Chicken Curry

Servings: 4 people
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Main Course
Time: 45 minutes
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Bihari Style Chicken Curry is a traditional dish from the state of Bihar in India. Flash fried chicken cooked in a spicy gravy with whole garlic knobs, try this easy recipe that is absolutely lip-smacking.


  • 1 curry cut chicken (about 800gms)
  • 3/4 cup mustard oil
  • 4 whole red chillies
  • 3 medium onions finely sliced
  • 1" piece of ginger finely chopped
  • 8-10 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 3-4 whole garlic knobs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 2 tbsp cumin powder (jeera)
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder

For the marinade

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • Juice of one lemon

Whole Garam Masala

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 6 cloves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1" piece of cinnamon
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 5 green cardamoms
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 piece of mace


  • To begin, in a large bowl, marinate the chicken with salt, Kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder (haldi), and the juice of one lemon. Mix well and keep aside.
  • Heat mustard oil in a pan to a smoking point and let it cool a bit. Flash fry the chicken pieces in batches on high heat until they colorize. Remove and keep aside.
  • In the same oil, add in bay leaves and whole red chillies.
  • Next, add in cumin seeds (jeera) along with whole garam masala. Allow them to crackle.
  • Now add in sliced onions and saute until translucent.
  • Add in finely chopped ginger and garlic, and whole garlic knobs. Saute until the onions begin to change color. Do not brown.
  • Reduce the heat. Add in the dry masalas – salt, Kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder (haldi), cumin powder (jeera), and coriander powder (dhania). Mix well. Add some water so that the masalas do not burn.
  • Cover with a lid and cook for a few minutes until the oil starts appearing on the sides.
  • Now add in the fried chicken pieces. Mix until well-coated. Add water, cover a lid, and let it simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes until the chicken pieces are cooked.
  • Finish with garam masala powder and mix well. Check the salt and add more if required. Adjust the gravy as per your taste.
  • The Bihari Style Chicken Curry is ready to serve. Enjoy with litti or boiled rice.


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