Bowl of chicken korai with white rice and limes in a bowl

Chicken Korai

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


A chicken korai is also known as chicken karahi, chicken kadai or chicken kadhi. With the right spices, you can easily replicate this chicken curry recipe.



  • 30ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger root, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2 green chillies, washed and finely chopped
  • 1kg (2lbs) boneless and skinless chicken thighs, chopped
  • 5ml (1 tsp) Steenbergs ground turmeric
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) Steenbergs mild curry powder
  • 10ml (2 tsp) Steenbergs Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) Steenbergs ground coriander
  • 1kg (2lbs) tomatoes, washed and chopped
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) tomato paste
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) garam masala
  • Fresh coriander leaves, for garnishing


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. 
  2. Gently fry the onions for 10 minutes or until they have softened.
  3. Add ginger, garlic and chillies. Fry for 3 minutes, then turn up the heat.
  4. Tip in the chicken chunks and fry constantly for about 3 minutes until all sides are browned. Turn the heat to a low setting.
  5. Stir in all the Steenbergs spices – turmeric, curry powder, chilli powder and coriander. 
  6. Add the tomatoes, stir,  then simmer the curry at a low bubbling point for 15 minutes.
  7. Stir in the tomato paste, lemon juice and garam masala. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve with favourite Indian accompaniments, such as Peshwari Naan and Raita.  


  • You can use chicken breast instead of thigh, but it won’t be as flavoursome.
  • Warning: this curry is HOT and not for the faint-hearted. When making this for the first time, go easy on the fresh and dried chilli. 
  • Category: Curry
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: Indian

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