Tandoori Chicken Curry

Chicken curry is a staple in my Pakistani home. Growing up, not so much. it was either Karahi Chicken or none at all. It was only after I got married and had my husband’s version of chicken curry that I started experimenting with my own version.

The Challenge

This curry is missing a key ingredient, onion, that you will find in almost all curry recipes but I omitted it simply because the teaching kitchen I was hosting my South Asian Cooking Workshop in, had an exhaust missing. Now if you’ve cooked Pakistani curry, you know that the smell of onions is hard to get rid of! I’m not complaining since it ended up working out for me ( I didn’t have to stand around waiting for the onions to brown) and for the sake of brevity of the workshop.

Eat.Drink.Pure South Asian Cooking Workshop
Attendees enjoying lunch


South Asian Cooking Workshop
Presentation prior to lunch


South Asian Cooking Workshop
Attendees enjoying lunch


I also had the challenge of making the curry dairy free as dairy can be an allergen to some. Coconut milk was a no brainer but you can also swap it out with cashew cream or nut milk yoghurt which is now widely available.

The Result

There was a happy ending to all of this. The attendees loved it and the recipe has now made it over to the blog!  I present to you The Tandoori Chicken Curry.


Tandoori Chicken Curry
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This quick and easy chicken curry will have you in and out of the kitchen in a flash. Without compromising on taste! Now that's a win win!
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders or boneless, skinless thighs, cubed into 1 “ pieces
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon tandoori masala
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  1. On medium high heat, add ghee to the pan.
  2. Add ginger and garlic and stir fry till golden
  3. Add all the masalas and stir some more.
  4. Add the chicken and stir fry till it changes color about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato sauce and coconut milk.
  6. Cover and let cook for about 10 minutes.
  7. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with white, brown or cauliflower rice.


Let me know if you try it and what you think. You can tag me on Instagram @eatdrinkpure so I can see your creation and cheer you on!

Happy cooking!

You can watch me make it in the video below!


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  • Kanwal

    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. Can we substitute store bought canned tomato sauce with homemade tomato purée?

    • Zeeshan

      Thank you and Ofcourse! The consistency and color may vary slightly but you can always dry it out some more

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