chicken changezi recipe

Restaurant Style Chicken Changezi





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Restaurant Style Chicken Changezi

Total time is not inclusive of Marination.

A delicious old recipe that has been around since the times of the Mongolian Warrior, Genghis Khan.

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  • 1 kg / 2.20 lbs ‏chicken (I use bone-in chicken), cleaned, skinned and cut into small pieces
  • ½ tsp ‏turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp ‏lime juice

For Marinade:

  • 2 tsp ‏kashmiri chilli powder ( that's the milder chilli powder with the brighter red color)
  • 1 tsp ‏garam masala ( Indian Spice Mix, that comes in many variations - use your favorite one)
  • 2 tsp ‏ginger paste (fresh ginger, ground to a paste without adding water)
  • 2 tsp ‏garlic paste (fresh garlic, ground to a paste without adding water)
  • 3 tsp ‏tomato paste (commercial)
  • ¾ cup ‏yoghurt, beaten till smooth
  • 3 Tbsp ‏fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp ‏salt

For Onion Cashew Paste:

  • 2 medium ‏red onions, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp ‏unprocessed cashew nuts
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp  ‏unprocessed almonds
  • 4 Tbsp ‏ghee (clarified butter)
  • ½ ‏cup milk

For the masala/gravy:

  • 2 Tbsp ‏ghee  plus 1 Tbsp (clarified butter)
  • ¼ tsp  ‏cumin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp ‏ginger garlic paste ( equal amounts of fresh ginger and garlic paste)
  • 1 cup ‏tomato puree
  • 1 tsp ‏coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp ‏asafoetida (powdered gum, derived from a speicies of giant fennel: very common in Indian vegetarian cooking)
  • ¼ tsp  ‏amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • ¼ tsp ‏black salt (kala namak), a type of rock salt that comes in powdered form with a pungent smell, used as a condiment)
  • ¼ tsp  ‏cumin powder
  • 1 tsp ‏kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ¼ cup ‏pouring cream
  • To taste ‏: salt
  • 1 tsp ‏garam masala
  • 3 Tbsp ‏mild green chilli, seeded and cut julienne
  • As required ‏Fresh coriander/ cilantro for garnish


  1. Clean, skin and cut the chicken into small pieces. Rub with turmeric and lime juice.
  2. Rinse the chicken after 2 minutes. This acts to remove any unpleasant chicken smells and as a disinfectant. This is often done in curries where milder spice is used.
  3. Pat dry the chicken to remove all excess water.
  4. Now, add all the ingredients listed under the ‘Marinade’ and rub well into the chicken.
  5. Refrigerate covered for 30 minutes.
  6. To make the onion-cashew paste:  Heat the ghee in a non stick pan. Add the onion and allow to soften.
  7. Add the cashew nuts and almond and stir continuously till the onions become golden brown.
  8. Immediately remove from heat and allow to cool off.
  9. Add the fried ingredients as well as the milk to a mixer/blender. Grind to a smooth paste.
  10. To another non stick wok/pan, add the chicken along with the marinade. Bring to a simmer on high heat.
  11. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer(steam) for 5 minutes.
  12. Uncover, increase heat and cook for a further 5-7 minutes, till the chicken is cooked and nicely coated with the marinade. (Stir occasionally). Set aside.
  13. Wipe clean the pan used for frying the onions. Heat 2 Tbsp of ghee for the masala and add cumin seeds.
  14. When the seeds have spluttered, add the ginger – garlic pastes and sauté briefly.
  15. Add the tomato puree and bring to a simmer. To this, add the prepared onion-cashew paste.
  16. Stir well and cook till the oil separates.
  17. Add all the spices except the garam masala. Cook for about a minute.
  18. Do a taste test and add regular salt as needed.
  19. Next, tip in the cooked chicken and return to a simmer. Add water as needed to loosen the gravy to desired consistency.
  20. Cook 2 more minutes.
  21. Fry the julliene cut green chilli in remaining ghee. Strain the ghee and add over the dish. Reserve the chilli for garnish. ( This is for garnish. You could just add them in together.)
  22. Pour in the cream and bring just to a simmer.
  23. Garnish with  the friend green chilli julienne and chopped fresh coriander leaves.
  24. Serve the  rich and creamy Chicken Changezi with hot buttery naans or tandoori style flatbreads.

Restaurant Style Chicken Changezi


  • Although I prefer bone-in chicken for this recipe, boneless chicken may also be used. Just reduce the cooking times.
  • Black Salt  black salt 300x300 Restaurant Style Chicken Changezi (kala namak), a type of rock salt that comes in powdered form with a pungent smell, used as a condiment).

Key Ingredients: Chicken, Onion, Tomato, Ginger, Garlic, Cashew nuts, Spices, Ghee, Cream, Green Chilli, Fresh Coriander.


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  1. Avatar Rajesh N Rathod 7 months ago

    Pure restaurant taste , yummy & delicious

  2. Avatar Laila H 7 months ago

    I tried this at home and was just won over. My whole family loved it. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe! It really tastes divine!

  3. Avatar Anonymous 7 months ago

    Can I use regular salt…. & omit asafeitado….

    • Black salt and asafoetida are super flavor enhancers. but yes you can omit them and use only regular salt. 🙂

  4. Avatar Nosheen 4 months ago

    I had this a while ago and was looking for the recipe for some time. Thanks so much this is on the spot! Perfect delicious and great video you have made!

  5. Avatar Varsha 2 months ago

    Recipe has come out exactly the way it has been suggested. Great flavours. It is a must try.

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