Wednesday 26 September 2012

Mughlai Kesar Murg / Saffron Chicken

Kesar Murg is a creamy Mughlai chicken curry that tastes great with Indian bread varieties specially with Phulkas, Naan and Rotis. Mughlai recipes are very rich, creamy and so fit for a royal treat, the usage of fresh ground aromatic spices gives their cuisine a distinct fragrance and flavor. This Kesar chicken very well reflects their richness and flavor. It can be very well described as chicken cooked in spiced yogurt sauce along with saffron milk. The authentic recipe here calls in for breast pieces but you can also try it with any chicken pieces, boneless pieces will best suit this creamy dish. It is easier than the other Mughlai Curries and also tastes great. Lets see whats required and how to make this flavored rich chicken curry.


Serves 3 people
Total Preparation Time - 45 minutes

  1. Chicken - 500 grams 
  2. Thick Curd / Yogurt - 2 cups 
  3. Warm Milk - ½ cup (50 ml)
  4. Fresh cream - 50 grams  (you can add more if you wish)
  5. Saffron - 3 pinches
  6. Dry ginger powder / Chukku podi -  ½ spoon (2 grams)
  7. Red chilli powder - 1½ spoons (10 grams)
  8. Coriander powder - 2 spoons (12 grams) 
  9. Fennel powder - ½ spoon (2 grams)
  10. Turmeric powder - Few pinches 
  11. Asafoetida / Hing - A pinch
  12. Cumin seeds - ½ spoon (2 grams)
  13. Salt - 6 grams (As per taste) 
  14. Oil - 150 ml 


  • Wash chicken pieces well in water and keep aside.
  • Add two pinches of saffron to warm milk and set aside.
  • Take a wide bowl and add the following ingredients and beat well.
1. Curd - 2 cups 
2. Dry ginger powder - ½ spoon 
3. Red chilli powder - 1½ spoons
4. Coriander powder - 2 spoons 
5. Fennel powder - ½ spoon 
6. Turmeric powder - Few pinches
7. Salt - 6 grams (or as per taste)
  • Add the chicken pieces to this mixture and keep aside for 15 minutes. 
  • Now heat a pan and add oil to it. After it heats up pick the chicken pieces, remove excess curd and fry them. The curd may get dispersed in oil nothing to worry just fry them until they get half cooked. 
  • Then remove the pieces from oil. Use the same pan and oil for the remaining procedure or use fresh oil. 
  • Heat pan with oil and add the cumin seeds and let it splutter. Then add a pinch of asafoetida. 
  • Now add the curd mixture used for marinating chicken and stir well for few minutes. When oil starts to separate add the fried chicken pieces and stir well. 
  • Add a cup of water, stir well and cook on medium flame until the chicken pieces turns soft and tender. Check for salt and add if needed.
  • After the gravy thickens add the saffron milk and stir well for 2 minutes.
  • Finally add the fresh cream and mix well. Remove from flame.
  • Garnish with saffron and cream and serve. 

TIP 1: Use thick sour-less curd to get better flavors. 

TIP 2: I have prepared it mildly spiced but still you can make it spicier if you wish. 

TIP 3: Use fresh powders to get the best flavors and aroma. Instead of using chukku powder you can also try adding ginger paste.  

Rich Creamy and Delicious Mughlai Murgh is Now ready!! Serve with Rotis or Phulkas and Enjoy!!

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  1. Absolutely delectable kesar murg...Like to grab that bowl now, so yummy. Excellent presentation dear.

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  2. Looks awesome & mouthwatering. Nice presentation.

  3. OMG..delicious...mouth watering divs

  4. Super rich looking chicken curry,simply irresistible.

  5. wow...this looks simply delicious!! Loved the recipe & the clicks!!

  6. Delicious and royal chicken curry Divya.

  7. OMG...its awesome...looks sooooooooooooooooo tempting with wonderful clicks...

  8. Super inviting and yummy chicken !! Nice step-step explanation !!

  9. Tempting preparation...Some naans would be great to finish them...

  10. rich creamy curry.....nicely done

  11. Rich and delicious chicken curry. Super tempting..

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  12. it's just morning and my tummy is growling.... i'm saving this for trying some day for sure!!! :)

  13. OMG this looks so creamy n yum dear

  14. Nice recipe for a party , bookmarked

  15. Drooling :-)
    I wish I was there when you were making this recipe :-)


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    1. Thanks dear :) Wish I could serve you some!!

  16. omg...I am completely lost here..Mouthwatering n creamy..Absolutely love this divya!!!Bookmarked this...Defntly gonna try this next month...not supposed to eat this month:(

    1. Oh dear :) Do try it next month and let me know your feedback :)

  17. if u didnt say it was chicken i wud hv thought its kofta curry

    amazing color combo divya

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    1. Thanks Meenu :) You always keep encouraging me!!

  18. mouthwatering...looks like nattu kozhikuzhambu...yummy..

    1. Thanks dear :) But it tastes so different do try sometime :)

  19. i could eat this all day... soo creamy and colourful...

    1. So you must be a chicken lover just like me :)

  20. Absolutely tempting divya....nice stepwise pic!!

  21. the clicks are so tempting .....superbly done dear...

  22. wow saffron chicken curry looks yum divya, i am sure you finished it all :P love it

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    1. Thanks Sis you won't believe I just had few pieces left everyone loved it and had more than they always do :)

  23. Una elaboración perfecta me encanta la comida india muy perfumada y sabrosa,abrazos husg,hugs.

  24. Wow!! I want to taste this yaar...:) Mouthwatering, tempting..

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