Handi chicken with Koli masala

Chicken was never an often cooked food in our household. My father never ever touched or tasted chicken. Cooking chicken at home was a big hassle for mom, because Bapi (father) will not eat anything touched by it. So mom usually used to cook it on a separate stove and separate utensil. That day Bapi will not lunch or dinner with us. Hence, chicken was a rarity in our family cuisine.

May be because of this, I and Bhai (younger brother) never did fell for chicken much. We are more into mutton or mince, fish and eggs πŸ˜‰

The same trend carried on and passed on to Pakhi. She loves non -vegetarian food, but less inclined towards chicken. Therefore, chicken is not a rarity but seldom cooked in my kitchen. πŸ™‚

I had been wanting to try Koli masala (spice) with chicken for a long time. I had tried this spice in stir -fry vegetables, spicy prawns and now was the turn of chicken. πŸ˜‰

Cooked it in handi = heavy bottomed pot, with no water πŸ˜€

handi = heavy bottomed pot.

handi = heavy bottomed pot.

handi chicken with koli masala

Here’s what i did…………………


500 gms – chicken

For the gravy :

1 nos – large sized oinion (paste)

1/2 tsp – coriander powder

1/2 tsp – tumeric powder

1 tsp – kashmiri red chili powder

1 tsp – ginger paste

1 1/2 tsp – garlic paste

1/4 tsp – black pepper powder

1 tbsp – koli masala (spice)

1/2 tsp – garam masala (Indian all spice mix)

1/4 cup – yoghurt

1 tsp – finely chopped green chili

3 tbsp – oil

For tempering :

1 nos – bay leaf

1 nos – small cardamom

1 stick – cinnamon

1/4 tsp – cumin seeds

pinch of roasted sesame seeds to garnish


Marinate the chicken with yoghurt, 1/4 tsp ginger paste, 1/2 tsp garlic paste, salt and finely chopped green chili for an hour.

Heat oil in a handi. Temper with all the spices listed under Tempering.Β 

Add the onion paste and fry till translucent. Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for a few mins. Add the chicken and all the spices listed under CurryΒ (including the garam masala).Β Season with salt. Lower the flame and let the spices infuse their flavor and aroma into the chicken. Give a stir.

Add theΒ  KoliΒ masala.

koli masala

koli masala


Cover and cook the chicken. Give an occasional stir from time to time.

It will take approximately an hour for the chicken to cook through.

handi chicken with koli masala

Serve hot with sesame garnish with some hot naan or chapati.

handi chicken with koli masala

handi chicken with koli masala

Happy cooking !!! πŸ™‚

Cheers !!! πŸ˜€







About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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12 Responses to Handi chicken with Koli masala

  1. shailja says:

    Andyy … This post is making me hungry . Such deep color and that handi … I want it all , along with handi πŸ™‚ love it …

  2. humera says:

    where we cud find kholi masala

    • acbistro says:

      Ready made Koli masala are available in maharashtra and other neighboring states. But this is homemade one and you will find the link of the masala within the post. πŸ™‚

  3. ddeeppaa says:

    Looks delicious Andy.

  4. Foodie Adam & Cookie Eve says:

    Whats that Koli masala? Chicken in Tamil is Kozhi πŸ™‚

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