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Chicken Akbari Recipe

Written by on February 17, 2022

Mughlai cuisine has given us a wide range of royal delicacies, but it has also adapted a lot of dishes that have been a part of cuisines native to India. Most Mughal rulers were also big foodies and loved to try out new recipes. Whatever they adored, they got named after themselves. Chicken Akbari is also one of those dishes. It was the Rajputi Murgh Mussamman that Akbar really liked and got it re-named to Chicken Akbari. This dish is not very difficult to prepare.


  • 500 gm chicken
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt (curd)
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 clove
  • 50 gm cashews
  • 2 tablespoon mustard oil
  • 1 handful coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup tomato
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 50 gm coconut
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • salt as required

How to make Chicken Akbari

Step 1 Prepare the masala

To begin, wash your chicken thoroughly with fresh water and pat it dry. Now take a pan and add ghee or oil to it. Add in your whole spices like cinnamon, green cardamom and cloves and let these roast for 40 seconds in the oil. Add the green chillies, sliced onions, saute them until they turn translucent. Then add the ginger-garlic paste and finely chopped tomatoes. Add salt to cook the tomatoes quickly.

Step 2 Add the chicken and cook

At this point, add in the chicken and let it cook until it changes colour. Add all the spices, stir well and let it cook evenly on all sides. Now add the curd and close the lid.

Step 3 Add cashew-coconut paste, cook and serve!

Meanwhile, grind the cashews with coconut flesh and make a fine paste by adding a little bit of water as required in the grinder. Once you see the oil starts separating from the chicken, add this paste and ½ cup of water with chopped coriander leaves. Cover and cook for the next 5 minutes. Serve with hot Rotis!

  • You can also add 1/2 tbsp kasoori methi after rubbing it within your palms before taking Chicken Akbari off the flame.
  • If you like the taste of tomatoes in your chicken curry, you can also save up to 1/2 of your chopped tomatoes in step 1 and add them with the cashew and coconut paste in step 3.


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