Chicken Karahi
Chicken Karahi
Region or stateSouth Asia
Associated cuisinePakistan, India
Main ingredientsChicken

Chicken karahi, or kadai chicken, is a chicken dish from South Asia. It is known as gosht karahi when prepared with goat or lamb meat instead of chicken.

It is noted for its spicy taste and is notable in South Asian Cuisine. The dish is prepared in a karahi (a type of wok) and can take between 30 and 50 minutes to prepare and cook the dish.[1][2] Ginger, garlic, tomatoes, green chilli and coriander are key to the flavor of the dish.[3] What distinguishes chicken karahi from other curries from the region is that traditionally, it is cooked without onions in the base, and instead uses just tomatoes, ginger and garlic.[4] It is usually served with naan, roti or rice. This dish is common in North Indian, Afghan and Pakistani cuisine.[5][6]

The dish being prepared in a large karahi in Pakistan


Chicken Karahi traces its origin back to Pakistan's mountainous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (formerly called the North-West Frontier Province).[1][2]


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  6. ^ "Top 5 Famous and Spicy Chicken Dishes of India".