This delicious creamy Dhaba style chicken curry tastes just like the roadside dhabas! Do you know that dhaba is the most pocket-friendly and relaxing halt for travellers? The food served here makes you forget all the lavish restaurants in no time. In dhabas, you eat sitting on a charpai with a wooden plank in the centre. Moreover, this curry reminds you of the chicken you ate at one of the dhabas during your road trips. This juicy, succulent, marinated chicken is sauteed in the onion cashew nuts gravy, flavoured with some aromatic spices and served with your favourite tandoori roti or naan. So here is the recipe of mouth-watering juicy, finger-licking Dhaba-style chicken curry.


For Marination:

  • 500 grams chicken (bone-in chicken)
  • 2 tbsp thick curd 
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder 
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp oil (mustard oil)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder 

For Gravy:

  • 1-2 bay leaves 
  • 3-4 cloves 
  • 2 black cardamom 
  • 1-2 green cardamom 
  • 2-3 black peppercorns 
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste 
  • 1 tbsp green chilli powder 
  • Half cup tomato puree
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala 
  • Salt, as per taste 
  • 1 tsp coriander powder 
  • 10-12 cashew nuts puree (soaked)
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi 
  • 5 tbsp milk 
  • Cream 
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves 

How To Make Dhaba Style Chicken?

  1. To begin with, the first step is to marinate the chicken, take a big bowl, add thick curd, red chilli, turmeric, coriander powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste, mustard oil and give it a good mix. Now add chicken pieces and again provide a good combination with your hands. Cover the bowl and keep this aside to marinate for 10-12 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the gravy, make a puree of soaked cashew nuts and tomato puree separately and keep them aside. 
  3. Take deep kadhai, heat oil. Now, add the dry whole garam masalas, such as bay leaves, cloves, black and green cardamom, and black peppercorns. Saute them a little to remove the raw smell.
  4. Now add chopped onions and saute till they turn slightly pinkish, then add ginger garlic paste and continue to cook on medium flame. Now add the dry spices, red chilli, turmeric, coriander, and garam masala powder.
  5. Now add green chilli paste and tomato pure, cook till it separates the oil. Add marinated chicken, cook on medium heat, add cashew nuts puree and milk. 
  6. Stir and cover the pan and allow it to cook for 9-10 minutes. 
  7. Add 1-2 cups hot water and salt as per taste and cook until thoroughly cooked. 
  8. Lastly, add thick cream and garnish it with freshly chopped coriander leaves. 

Your Dhaba-style chicken is ready. Serve this with butter naan, tandoori roti, or rice, and enjoy with your friends and family.