Quick Dhaniya Murgh, Coriander Chicken Curry

January 5, 2011

Happy New Year everyone!

Now, a lot has happened since September last year. Micro Mini Basu, a little boy, arrived on 29 October 2010. I thought motherhood the first time was difficult. But a quick look back reveals those were the good days – I was still doing my nails!

Manicures are the last thing on the mind right now. I’m the mom of two under two. That’s a lot of nappies, tears and youth rejuvenating serum.

Still, I’m happy to report Micro Mini me is divine and angelic. God knows where he gets that from! Mini Basu, on the other hand, is shaping into a fiesty princess with a penchant for flouncy frocks. (Now, where did she get that from?!) And that I am still sampling the delights of wintry London, with the aid of a lovely Gujarati lady, albeit a little bleary eyed.

As for quick Indian cooking. Did I even know that meaning of “quick” before I had two kids? During the day, quick means whatever I can rustle up while Mini Basu terrorises soft toys or hangs off my skinny jeans, and Micro Mini gets his beauty sleep. In the evenings, it’s a real toss up between cooking and sleeping. Sleeping usually wins.

Makes the 50-slide presentations I put together at work seem easy peasy!

There would be no better to restart this blog than with another version of Dhaniya Murgh, or Coriander Chicken Curry, the perfect recipe for the exhausted on a quiet evening. This creamy yet low fat chicken curry is steeped in two of my favourite ingredients – coriander and yoghurt. This version has more curry and cooks quicker with the boneless chicken thighs.

Here’s to everything bigger, better and quicker in 2011. Happy New Year everyone!



Feeds 2:

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 250gm natural Greek (thick) yoghurt
  • Half tsp turmeric powder
  • Half tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • Half tsp garam masala
  • 15 gm fresh coriander
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste


Take the yoghurt out of the fridge. Roughly chop the onion and finely mince of puree the garlic ginger. Cube the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

In a medium-sized pan, bring the oil to heat on high. When it starts sizzling, add the onions, ginger and garlic and fry until the mixture is golden brown. The  stir in the all the powders apart from the garam masala.

Fry the masalas for five minutes, adding a serving spoon of hot water if they start getting stuck to the bottom of the pan. Then mix in the chicken and seal on the high heat for about two minutes.

Next, spoon in the yoghurt, lower the heat to medium low and cook, stirring regularly for about 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked and oil floats to the surface of the curry. Finally stir in the coriander, garam masala and salt to your taste. Serve piping hot with freshly-made Basmati rice.



33 Responses to “Quick Dhaniya Murgh, Coriander Chicken Curry”

  1. Mallika Says:

    December 1st, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Damini, I am so thrilled to hear this! Delighted to help with your new adventure and hope it’s the start of great things ahead. M x

  2. Damini Agarwal Says:

    November 25th, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Dear Mallika,

    As a new graduate student, I was attempting to cook chicken for the first time by myself and was looking for a simple yet flavourful recipe that takes minimal cooking time. Your recipe and cooking instructions made the process a breeze and me and my flatmate are not able to stop eating, it’s come out beautifully!

    Thank you so very much! Finding your website has been like uncovering a treasure trove, looking forward to trying more of these recipes out!

  3. Mohan Rao Says:

    August 11th, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Hi Mallika,

    Yesterday, I was looking to cook something different with chicken. Dhania caught my attention. The recipe seemed simple enough with the ingredients that we usually have at home. I immediately cooked, sure enough, it was great success. Will try some of your other recipes in the coming weeks. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  4. shana Says:

    May 12th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Mallika,

    I stumbled across your website and tried out this recipe. My 3 yr old daughter loves the coriander chicken curry, she keeps asking for it. I cook this once a week now and it’s her favourite! Thanks!

  5. banglarecipes Says:

    December 19th, 2011 at 4:00 am

    interesting recipe…i will try and let you know how it comes out..

  6. Ankan Says:

    November 3rd, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Amazing to see you.

  7. Nikki Says:

    November 2nd, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I made this tonight for my fiance and we both loved it! Deeeelicious and easy!

  8. Rose Says:

    October 21st, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Hi Malaika,

    Great recipe! I just made your coriander chicken today and it turned out fantastic! Thanks so much for the recipe.

    Keep posting more πŸ™‚

  9. Suzina Says:

    April 11th, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Hi from New Zealand

    love your blog and website Mallika and your recipes. I just adore indian food every night of the week and your vegetarian recipes are awesome, already tried 2 and love reading your blogs. cant wait to return to the UK again this year!

  10. April Says:

    March 27th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    This looks delicious, I would love to try it!

  11. steve Says:

    March 25th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    i found some other interesting ones

  12. anushruti Says:

    March 4th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Wow! A girl and now a boy make your family complete. I’m so happy for you Mallika. Congratulations!

  13. Beulah Moake Says:

    January 29th, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody! I wish this year will be successful for everyone.

  14. Frisbee Says:

    January 26th, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I was stalling on twitter trying to find something to cure my boredom – and ZAP – somebody I follow tweeted this post. Now, I am not quite as bored. Thanks for posting awesome material. – Frisbee

  15. Shannon Says:

    January 17th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Congratulations on your beautiful family! I had a 2 year old and then b/g twins so I understand. It was survival mode for at least the first 6 months! You will get through it and once the baby is in a routine you will find you have more time to pursue your own interests again!

  16. meeso Says:

    January 13th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Happy New Year! Wonderful chicken πŸ™‚

  17. Mallika Says:

    January 13th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks so much everyone… It feels lovely to be back and it’s all thanks to the words of encouragement!

    Hi Sophiya – sounds like a great idea! You may need to add ginger too when you add the garlic just to lift the coconut milk… experiment away!

  18. Sophia Says:

    January 13th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I just came across your site and your recipes look delicious!
    I was just wondering if it’s ok to substitute the Greek yogurt with coconut milk?


  19. ritika Says:

    January 11th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    and you are back… promise us, you will never leave us again [do i see you cringe at this melodrama], the point i ma trying to make is, you were missed so much and couldn’t be happier to see you back. and many, many congratulations. ad happy new year to you πŸ™‚

  20. Tashrin Says:

    January 9th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I was thinking today that I am so pressed for time, then I had to make food and I came to check out your recipes and I am totally inspired. If you can have a life….and still cook after having two babies under two…..I can definitely whip up some food. πŸ™‚

    Thank you Mallika didi.


    Tashrin from Canada

  21. Planethalder Says:

    January 7th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    You’re back. Yipppeeee! And many congratulations on baby #2 πŸ™‚

  22. Rijuta Says:

    January 7th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Hey I really love your take on Indian food. This recipe is really great.
    Happy New Year and welcome back!!!!!

  23. Mary Says:

    January 7th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    So totally cool! Happy New Year!
    Thanks for the super fast curry!
    Wishing you all the best!

  24. Pille @ Nami-Nami Says:

    January 7th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Happy New Year, Mallika! I’ll be a mother of two under-2s in a week or so (and I published my first cookbook while expecting no 2), so I can very well imagine how all those quick recipes become handy during the next few months. Or even years πŸ™‚

  25. dreamalittle83 Says:

    January 7th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Congratulations and glad to see you back with some recipes! Could do with some new inspiration this year – good luck with the two little ones!

  26. sonal Says:

    January 6th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    hi Mallika,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months and i love it ! I also just bought your book on amazon – can’t wait til I get it !

    I’m a novice to the kitchen and your recipes are so quick and easy and explained well. I’m going to try the Dhaniya Murgh tonight, wish me luck!

  27. Jay Gee Says:

    January 6th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Happy new year! Hope you post more recipes! πŸ™‚

  28. indosungod Says:

    January 6th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    that should have read “You ‘had’ a lot of action in 2010”

  29. indosungod Says:

    January 6th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Happy New Year! dear Mallika. Congratulations! a few times. You have a lot of action in 2010 and here’s wishing you a great 2011.

  30. Sra Says:

    January 6th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Happy New Year! I’ve been meaning to mail and tell you but I’ll just tell you here – I finally found your book (after three attempts) and bought it – having fun reading it.

  31. Fiona from The Self-Raising Kitchen Says:

    January 6th, 2011 at 3:50 am

    This dish looks, and sounds, fantastic. I can’t believe you still have the time even to make this kind of a dish with two children. Bravo to you!

  32. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen Says:

    January 6th, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Amazing to “see” you Mallika! Congratulations on bringing another angel into this world! So happy for you! If only I could bring one into the world in 2011! Happy New Year to you and yours! Love the new design!

  33. Wendy Says:

    January 5th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Happy New Year! I am in awe of you and every other mother out there, Mallika.
    Santa was obviously paying attention to my Christmas list this year and brought me your book. Have cooked three dishes so far and all have been a success – especially the jalfrezi which I can see being one of our weekday staples. Many thanks. x

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