• Nupur Bhattacharya

How to make chicken ghee roast/Chicken ghee roast recipe/Ghee roast/Mangalorean chicken ghee roast

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

Chicken marinated in a flavorful spice mix and cooked in pure ghee! Such a rich taste and so easy to make!


Yield: 3-4 servings

Chicken pieces... 400g

Turmeric powder... 1/4 tsp.

Ginger... 1x1 inch piece

Garlic... 4-5 cloves

Cumin seeds... 1 tsp.

Coriander seeds... 2 tsp.

Methi seeds (fenugreek)...1/4 tsp.

Dry red chillies... to taste

Black peppercorns... 1 tsp.

Plain unsweetened yogurt... 5 tbsp.

Onions (finely chopped)... 4 tbsp.

Curry leaves... 12-15

Ghee...2 tbsp.

Tamarind concentrate... 1 tbsp. (to taste)

Sugar or Jaggery... 1/4 tsp. (to taste)

Salt... to taste


Spice mix for the chicken

  • Set a pan on medium heat

  • Add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds (methi seeds), black peppercorns and dry red chillies

  • Roast till they are aromatic (this will take approximately 3 to 5 minutes)

  • Transfer everything to a grinder jar

  • To the same grinder jar add ginger (roughly chopped), 4 to 5 cloves of garlic, 6-8 curry leaves and grind to a smooth paste with 4 to 5 tablespoons of water Make sure that the paste is smooth if not the fenugreek seed bits will taste bitter. Keep this aside

Cooking the chicken

  • Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt on the chicken

  • Add turmeric powder, yogurt, and the spice paste and mix thoroughly

  • Let this marinate for at least 30 minutes

  • Add 1 tablespoon of ghee to a pan set on medium heat

  • Once the ghee melts, add curry leaves and stir fry for a few seconds

  • Add onions,1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir fry till the onions are translucent (~ 3 minutes)

  • Add the chicken and mix well

  • Let it cook for approximately 10 minutes

  • Add half of the tamarind concentrate and salt to taste

  • Add more chilli powder if you like it hotter

  • Add a pinch of sugar to balance out all the flavors

  • Let the gravy reduce further by stirring intermittently for five minutes

  • Once the gravy has thickened, add the last tablespoon of ghee, mix and cook for five more minutes Done!

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