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Coriander Chicken / Cilantro Chicken / Dhania Murg

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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 chapathior 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

Vimitha Durai

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


Flavourful and yummy


Yummy yummy chicken…mmmmmhhhhh

Reshmi Mahesh

Super yummy looking chicken…


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


yunmmy coriander chicken dear….awesome…

Christy Gerald

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

Sobha Shyam

flavourful and delicious green chicken 🙂

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Greeny green chicken,flavorful n delicious n tempting too:-)
Thanx for linking it to my event:-)
Cook in any recipe with Cilantro/Cumin as one of the main ingredients & rush it in my EP Series-Herbs n Spices
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Looks delicious Uma.

Sangeetha M

very flavorful n yummy chicken recipe…too tempting!!
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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.

Suja Manoj

Color and gravy looks it.

anthony stemke

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