Chicken Shorva

Chicken Shorba

Shorva is gravy made out of chicken or mutton curry and normally has a medium consistency.I always believe in that for any Indian dishes, usage of fresh ingredients, cooking at the right temperatures with perfect timing is the essence for getting a great taste. This is the trick or lesson I learnt by observing when my mother or mother in law is cooking. If you are in a hurry for faster cooking, I am sure that you would lose the taste.  Adopt a slower cooking in making of this Shorva. Please ensure that you make this with whole chicken rather than using boneless chicken. Bones release juices which makes the Shorva all the tastier.


  1. Chicken – 1 whole ( 2 lbs)
  2. Onion – 1 big
  3. Tomato – 1 medium ( optional)
  4. Yogurt – 1/2 cup
  5. Ginger – Garlic paste – Small lemon size
  6. Red chilli powder – 3 tsp ( adjust)
  7. Salt – 1 ½ tsp
  8. Turmeric – ½ tsp
  9. Coriander powder – 1 ½ tsp
  10. Garam Masala –  ½ tsp
  11. Dry coconut Powder –  1½  tsp ( adjust according to your taste)–Home made
  12. Coriander leaves – to garnish
  13. Oil – 2 Tbsp
  14. Shajeera – 1 tsp
  15. Curry leaves – 5


  • Clean and Wash chicken and Marinate with yogurt, chilli powder, salt, ginger garlic paste,  1 tsp coriander powder  and turmeric.
  • Finely Chop Onions and tomato.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom vessel on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add shajeera , curry leaves and onion. Fry them until onions are translucent.
  • Skip this step If you not using tomatoes. Fry tomatoes till they are soft and mushy.
  • Add marinated chicken  and mix well.
  • Cover with lid and turn the heat to medium and stir for every 2 minutes.
  • When the chicken turns white, add dry coconut powder  and add 2 glasses of water and put lid again and cook on medium-low until chicken is full cooked, it takes around 30 mins.
  • Add garam masala and remaining coriander powder, uncover lid cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with Mutton biryani or Multi grain roti or with Bhagara

Chicken Shorba


  • Tomato is optional. I use it some times for a change.
  • Some people uses poppy seeds in authentic chicken gravy. But they never have been used in my mother’s kitchen, so I never tried them.
  • Traditionally coconut is used in non-veg gravies. Because of saturated fat content in coconut,I reduced the quantity.
  • Its your personal choice of using poppy seeds or coconut powder.

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