Authentic Achari Chicken recipe with easy spice mix. This north Indian curry tastes so ethereal and flavorful and you can prepare it in one pot in 45 minutes.
Achari Chicken is a North Indian / Pakistani Chicken tomato and onion-based curry spiced with a pickling spice mix also called "Achari Masala".
Ingredients of achari masala
Ingredients for chicken
ginger & garlic
Roast coriander, cumin, fennel, and pepper in a pan for a minute until fragrant. Keep stirring. (Roasting brings out the flavor and dries the spices making them easy to crush.)
Transfer the roasted spices to a mortar (alternately, you can use a spice grinder too.) Add the remaining spices, crush them and transfer them to a jar, achari masala is ready.
In a pan fry the minced garlic in the oil, then add mustard, nigella, and fenugreek seeds. Let it sizzle then add minced green chili, ginger, and chopped onions.
Continue to saute for 5 minutes until the onions are slightly golden. Then add the chicken and half of the spice mix. Continue to fry until the chicken changes its color.
Now add tomato puree and mix well. Cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes until the chicken is tender.
Meanwhile, make a slit in the chilies and remove the seeds. Mix lemon juice in the remaining spice mix and fill achari masala in the chilies. (Wear gloves while handling the chilies.) Set aside.
When the chicken is tender add whipped yogurt, and mix it well. Cover and cook on low heat for a few minutes until a layer of oil separates on the top
Now place the filled chilies on top without mixing. Cover the pot and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Then switch off the heat. Let the chilies continue to soften in steam until served in a dish.
By Mariam Sodawater