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Tawa Chicken

Bethica Das
120 minutes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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Tawa Chicken is originally a Punjabi Cuisine, which is very popular in every restaurant and dhabas. This is my version of it where I used some boneless chicken cubes and gave a smokey flavour to it.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Medium
  • Dinner Party
  • Punjabi
  • Pan fry
  • Side Dishes

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 450 gms. boneless chicken cubes
  2. salt to taste
  3. 1 tsp. red chili powder
  4. 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  5. 1-2 tbsp. vinegar
  6. 2-3 tbsp. oil
  7. 1 large onion, chopped
  8. 1 tsp. ginger, chopped
  9. 1 tsp. garlic, chopped
  10. 1 tomato, chopped
  11. 2 green chilies, chopped
  12. 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  13. 1 tsp. kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves), crushed
  14. 2 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  15. 1 small charcoal
  16. 1" cinnamon stick
  17. 2 green cardamoms
  18. 3-4 cloves
  19. few sliced onion to garnish


  1. Marinate the chicken cubes with salt to taste, turmeric powder, red chili powder and vinegar for 2-3 hours.
  2. Heat oil on a non-stick tawa / griddle and fry the chicken on high flame till they are lightly browned.
  3. Now add the onion, ginger and garlic and saute, covered till light brown on low flame. Sprinkle water if necessary.
  4. Add the tomatoes, green chilies and 1/2 cup water and continue to cook, covered till well mashed up and done.
  5. Add the coriander leaves, garam masala and crushed kasuri methi and give it a mix. Switch off the flame and keep it covered for 5 minutes.
  6. Now to give a smokey flavour, burn a small piece of charcoal and place in a small steel bowl along with 1" cinnamon stick, 2 cardamoms and 2-3 cloves.
  7. Place the bowl in the centre of the tawa and pour a tsp. of oil on it. Immediately cover with a lid for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and then serve on another tawa, garnished with onion slices.

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Geetanjali Khanna
Geetanjali Khanna   Oct-31-2017

A great dish to be served at any party.

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