Lazy Sunday Chicken Curry

Sundays are when I usually want to experiment with new dishes and cook up something nice for the family. But then after the tiring work week, and considering that most of the planning and organizing for the kitchen and home for the upcoming new week also needs to be done on Sundays; I don’t really feel like spending too much time in the kitchen and thus arises the need to cook something quick, yet delicious.

This was when my recent discovery of Vengi’s homemade masalas (spice powders) came like a huge blessing to me. The lady who owns and runs the business happens to retail the spices at a franchisee outlet of  Pune’s famous Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale in the Baner area. So when I went to this Chitale Franchisee outlet to get my much needed fix of bakarwadis (those who have been to Pune will never miss on Chitale’s Bakarwadis), I happened to meet this lady and get a whiff of the lovely aromas of her fresh, amazingly aromatic spices.

The best part about these spices was that you pretty much don’t need to add any other spices or condiments (not even red chilly powder or turmeric, which are so central to Indian curries) and so you really don’t have to bother about finding all the different spices, roasting them, grinding them and all the works that follow.  Also, the pack sizes are small, so If you don’t cook these dishes often;  neither do you waste the spices  nor are the flavours and aromas of the spices lost,  as it happens with very long storage.

This was a super quick chicken curry I made with their chicken/mutton masala and although they have a recipe on the packet, below is my slightly modified recipe.

Marinated chicken

Marinated chicken

Lazy sunday Chicken curry

Lazy sunday Chicken curry


½ kg chicken on the bone, cut into 2”x2” pieces;

2 large onions, grated;

2 medium sized tomatoes, pureed,

2 tbsp ginger garlic paste,

½ cup hung yogurt,

6tsp Vengi’s Chicken/Mutton Masala,

2tbsp Refined Oil,

Salt to taste.


  1. Clean and pat dry the chicken pieces on a kitchen towel.
  2. Place the chicken in a mixing bowl and add the yogurt, ginger garlic paste, 1tsp of chicken masala and a little salt to it. Rub the spices well on the chicken and keep aside for 3-4 hours in a refrigerator and allow the chicken to marinate.
  3. In a pot, heat 2tbsp of oil till it starts smoking. Add the grated onions and fry until they are golden brown.
  4. Add the tomato puree and fry until the tomato puree changes its colour and looks almost cooked.
  5. Now add 5tsp of Vengi’s Chicken Masala and sauté for a few more minutes till oil starts leaving from the sides of the pot.
  6. Add the chicken to the pot and coat the chicken well with the spices. Fry for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add water (as per your desired thickness of the gravy) and salt to the chicken. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat until the chicken is cooked.
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice

One comment on “Lazy Sunday Chicken Curry

  1. Ema Jones
    October 8, 2014

    I would love to pair it up with Jasmine rice 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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