Gaavran Chicken

I am amongst those who love spicy food. Some people may think spicy is not tasty but then it really depends on how the dish is prepared. The magic, Spices can create is just something to experience. So if you do not like eating spicy food, this recipe is not for you 🙂

Coming from the State of Maharashtra in India, we have various varieties of Chicken and Mutton curries that are known for their spices. Gaav means village. Gaavran Chicken is basically a simple village style Chicken curry that is made with all the masalas that are available at home. Whenever I crave to eat something spicy, this comes as a savior recipe. It is a little tedious than the regular one I make but is super delicious and literally no one talks while eating at the dinner table 😉 because everyone is so busy eating 😉 Tastes best with Tandalachi (Rice flour) or jowarichi (Sorghum flour) bhakri ( Bhakri is a flat round bread similar to chapatis but usually made by spreading the flour with hands instead of a rolling pin).


1 kg Chicken

1 medium onion finely chopped

2 tomatoes finely chopped

1 Bay leaf

1 piece of Cinnamon stick

4-5 Black peppercorns

3-4 Cloves

2 Tbsp oil

Green Paste

15-20 Garlic cloves

1 inch ginger

1 cup coriander

Grind everything to a fine paste

Black (Kaala) Masala Paste

1 medium onion roughly chopped

1/2 cup dry grated coconut

2 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

4-5 Dry red chillies

1 Bay leaf

1 cardamom

3-4 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks about an inch

4-5 Black peppercorns
Roast everything in a pan. Let it cool, then grind everything into a fine paste.

A closer look


Heat oil in a vessel. To the oil add Bay leaf, cinnamon stick, peppercorns and cloves. Then add finely chopped onion and sauté till it turns translucent. Once the onion turn soft, add the finely chopped tomatoes. Cook it for about 5-7 minutes. Add the green paste and sauté it nicely. Let it cook for 5 minutes. Then add the kaala (black) masala paste and chilli powder. Sauté it until it starts leaving aroma. Add chicken, salt, mix well and add water. Close the lid and cook it on low flame till the chicken is done. Takes around 20 mins. Enjoy it with Bhakri or chapati.


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