4.4 from 38 votes
chicken karahi
Chicken Karahi
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Chicken Karahi or Chicken Kadai is a spicy, homestyle chicken curry with fragrant spices and fresh ginger.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Kadai Chicken, Karahi Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 347 kcal
Author: Archana
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup ginger julienned
  1. Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode and heat oil. Add onions, ginger and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the onions turn translucent. Use glass lid to speed up the process.

  2. Add the chicken, tomatoes, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, Kashmiri red chili powder, ground turmeric and salt. Stir well.

  3. Close the Instant Pot lid on with pressure valve to sealing. Select Pressure Cook / Manual (Hi) for 5 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Then release all remaining pressure.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to Sauté mode and cook for 5 minutes as the curry continues to thicken. Garnish with cilantro and ginger. Serve hot with naan and rice. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes


  1. Substitute Kashmiri red chili powder with any mild chili powder.
  2. Make sure to dice the ginger very small so you do get big pieces of ginger in the curry.
  3. To reduce the spice in this curry, reduce the quantity of red chili powder, garam masala and ginger by half.
  4. To make the curry more spicy and hot, add a sliced jalapeño along with the onions.
  5. I love POMI brand chopped tomatoes that taste as good as fresh tomatoes. They come in cartons and come in very handy. You can either use fresh tomatoes or Pomi chopped tomatoes in this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Karahi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 161mg54%
Sodium 1189mg52%
Potassium 739mg21%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 805IU16%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.