Weeknight Meal Ideas: Shinwari Chicken Karhai

Weeknight Meal Ideas: Shinwari Chicken Karhai

Weeknight dinners should be quick, easy, and require minimum ingredients and prep time. After all, who has the patience to wait for meats to marinade and chop up a kitchen full of ingredients?

This shinwari karhai recipe is ideal for nights where you just want to throw something together. It requires basic, minimal ingredients and no pre-marination is necessary.

Shinwari Karhai

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Pakistani


  • 1 kg chicken
  • 1 kg tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 4 cloves (laung) cloves
  • 1 tbsp cumin (zeera) crushed
  • 1 tbsp allspice (garam masala)
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 5 green chillies
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice


  • Heat your oil in a pan and add crushed cloves (laung) and salt. Let the oil infuse with the flavor for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add your chicken and fry until the color changes.
  • Add your ginger-garlic paste, chopped tomatoes, and yogurt. Cook the chicken until the tomatoes soften and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Add cumin, and red chilli powder, lemon juice and mix well.
  • Cook until the oil separates then add garam masala and green chillies and mix.
  • Garnish with sliced ginger, lemon slices, and serve hot.

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