Coriander Chicken / Cilantro Chicken / Dhania Murg

If you love the freshness of coriander leaves and its taste, then this chicken gravy is for you.

I love coriander flavor a lot. Whenever I see fresh coriander, I pick it without fail and prepares this thogayal which is my family favourite. After making the thogayal this time, I used the left over coriander to make coriander chicken gravy. I didn't add any other aromatic spices to the gravy to maintain the flavor of the coriander.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Idle Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Serves: 4

For Marinade:

Chicken drumsticks / Boneless chicken - 400 grams
Plain Yogurt / Curd - 3 tablespoons
Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt - 1/4 teaspoon

For Gravy:

Fresh coriander leaves - 1 cup, finely chopped, very tightly packed
Onion - 1/2 cup, very finely chopped
Tomato - 1 no, small size, cubed
Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Green chillies - 2-3 nos, slit
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoons
Curry leaves - 1 string


For Marinade:

1) Mix all the ingredients given for marinade in a large bowl or Ziploc bag.
2) Mix well so that the masala coats well to all sides of the chicken pieces.
3) Keep inside the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 8 hours(overnight).

For Gravy:

1) In a kadai / non-stick pan, heat oil.
2) Throw cumin seeds and allow them to splutter.
3) Add onion and 1 slit green chilli and fry till they are translucent. Make sure onions are completely soft.
4) Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute or till the raw smell of garlic disappears.
5) Add chicken marinade along with the curd in it.
6) Stir and cover. Cook in low flame for 10-15 minutes. Chicken pieces will leave out water at this stage.
7) When the chicken is cooking, grind the curry leaves along with coriander leaves and remaining green chilli. Keep it aside.
8) Check the chicken now. If it is half done, then add tomato, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt. Stir well.
9) Cook till the raw smell of masala disappears.
10) Add coriander leaves paste to the chicken and stir well. Make sure not to burn the gravy.
11) Cover again and cook in low flame until the chicken is completely soft, well cooked and the oil separates from the gravy. You will get chicken in medium consistency gravy at this stage.
12) Taste and adjust the seasoning as per preference.
13) Serve hot with chapathi or steamed rice.
1) Add more coriander leaves if you like.
2) You can also grind all the green chillies along with coriander leaves.
3) Add roasted poppy seeds while grinding if you prefer.
4) Instead of tomato add a small pinch of soaked tamarind and grind with coriander leaves. Or skip both if you dont' like the slight sour taste in the gravy.

Linking this recipe to Julie's event EP Series ~ Herbs and Spices monthly series titled "Coriander and Cumin"

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wow..such a flavourful chicken gravy

Amma makes this and I love it with ghee rice... Looks so inviting

Yummy yummy chicken...mmmmmhhhhh

Super yummy looking chicken...

Yummy looking coriander chicken, I love the coriander flavor as well. Pics are awesome Uma..

yunmmy coriander chicken dear....awesome...

Simply so good.Luks delish n yumm Dear. Fabulously done

flavourful and delicious green chicken :)

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Looks delicious and love the pics

Inviting chicken !! looks very tempting !!

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Yummy n very tempting chicken,looks so inviting.

Color and gravy looks it.

The photographs are beautiful here. I love coriander and this dish is going to taste wonderful.

yummy chicken in cool color.....looks great.vl try this.nice cliks too

hi uma, this looks different from most chicken gravy that i have seen and having lots of cilantro sounds like an interesting recipe. happy sunday

I tried this it came out really delicious... Thanks for sharing.

I tried this recipe it came out really delicious..Thanks for sharing this recipe

This recipe turns out great every time. Thank you for sharing it!!


Have tried this recipe several times and has always turned out well. and appreciated by family and friends. Thanks for sharing this recipe

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