hariyali chicken curry – indian hotel style

Hariyali chicken curry is a little different. In a really good way.

In a curry rut? Want to try something a little out of the ordinary? This is not your everyday curry.

It’s all about green chilies, mint and cilantro and spices. It’s a wonderful, medium spiced curry that’s really worth trying.

The secret is mint coriander chutney. Wrapped up in a lush hotel-style gravy. If you’ve never enjoyed a hariyali chicken curry, this is a good place to start.

Don’t fear the mint. It may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think Indian. But it is an undertone flavour. And it works. Really well. Have faith!

Hariyali chicken curry table scene from the front.

Variety is the spice of life

There are around 15 curries on the average Indian restaurant menu. They are all good. But 15 curries? Really? There are a billion people in India. Thousands of years of history.

And that’s before thinking about regional cooking. Do you think it’s possible a billion people with thousands of years of history might have more than 15 dishes?

This makes me crazy. I rant about it too much. I know. Sorry. But there is so much to Indian cooking. And the world only cares about 15 dishes? Seems to me like maybe we are missing out.

Dare to be different. Take a road untravelled. Make hariyali chicken curry. You won’t regret it. Then make a nadan curry. Or a Ceylon curry. Mix it up! Your tastebuds will thank you.

Black karai with hariyali chicken from above.

Hotel style takes restaurant curries to a new level

I am an Indian food addict. There’s no doubt. Look around glebekitchen. There’s a lot of Indian here. I come by it honestly though. It’s my heritage. This is in my blood.

I’m a bit of a heretic though. I am not true to any one style. I love it all. Traditional is what I grew up eating. Home cooking. Comfort food. I have my favourite recipes posted.

I love restaurant as well. Lots of restaurant style recipes here. If you want to cook food like they serve at your favourite restaurant you won’t go wrong here.

But when I want the lush sauces you get with restaurant style. When I want the deep flavours of traditional Indian cooking. And I want it in one place. That’s when I pull out hotel style.

Hotel style is about bringing the depth of flavour you get in traditional food with that lush sauce you love at restaurants.

It’s how the best restaurants do it. The uber-posh ones. If you want crazy delicious, hotel style delivers. Try it. You’ll see.

Hariyali chicken curry close-up with serving spoon from the front.

Hariyali chicken curry is green chicken curry – according to someone, somewhere on the internet

Told you I was a heretic. Hariyali means green. Day-glo green if the pictures on the internet are to be believed.

I could have made this hotel style hariyali chicken green. Wouldn’t be hard. A good handful of spinach would do it.

But I didn’t. Because I’m about flavour. And I don’t think spinach works. Plus I don’t like day-glo food. But that’s me.

What I do like is flavours in balance. The green chili, cilantro and mint. The slightly sour tang of amchoor. The heat from the whole green chilies.

Not day-glo green. Sorry. But pure. Clean. Delicious.

That’s a tradeoff I can always get behind. Works for me. If you can get past the fact it isn’t bright green, I’m pretty sure this hariyali chicken curry is going work for you too.

Hariyali chicken curry table scene with bowls of dal, nadan keema and kachumber.

Hariyali chicken in a karai table scene from above
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Hariyali chicken curry – Indian hotel style

Big, bold green chili, cilantro and mint flavours make hariyali chicken something special.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword hariyali chicken curry, murgh hariyali
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 640kcal
Author romain | glebekitchen


The spice mix

  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp kasoor methi – dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1/4 tsp amchoor powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

hariyali chicken curry

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil – any neutral oil is fine.
  • 1 tbsp garlic ginger paste – recipe link below
  • 2 green chilies – cut into 1 inch pieces
  • the spice mix from above
  • 1 cup Indian hotel curry gravy – don't worry if it seem to thick. The juices from the chicken will thin it out.
  • 2 tbsp mint coriander chutney – recipe link below or use store bought
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 3-4 pieces each


Do your prep

  • Make your spice mix. Dice your chilies. Prep your chicken.
  • Always good to have everything ready to go when you are cooking Indian restaurant or hotel style.

Make the hariyali chicken curry

  • Heat the oil in a medium sized frying pan until the oil just starts to shimmer.
  • Stir in the garlic ginger paste. Gently fry until the garlic ginger paste stops sputtering. This is the only messy step.
  • Add the green chilies. Cook another minute or so, stirring constantly (think stir fry).
  • Turn your heat down to medium low and add your spice mix. Cook for about 30 seconds. You really want to fry your spices in the oil. Don't skimp on the oil. Bad things happen if the spices stick and burn.
  • Add the Indian hotel curry gravy. Stir it really well to get the oil to combine with the curry gravy. You want everything mixed together at this point. Bring to a simmer.
  • Mix in the mint coriander chutney. Stir to combine.
  • Add the chicken thigh pieces in a single layer. Nestle them down into the sauce. Cover and ccok about 5 minutes. Remove the cover, flip the chicken and recover. Cook until the chicken is done. Use an instant read thermometer if you have one. You are shooting for an internal temperature of 170F.
  • The chicken will have thown it's wonderful juices at this point. You have to decide if you like the consistency at this point. If you would like it a bit runnier add a couple tablespoons of water and stir.
  • Hariyali chicken curry is great with rice or chapatis/parathas. Or both! A nice tarka dal and you have a feast.


Make your Indian hotel curry gravy ahead of time. It takes time to make so think about doing it the day before.
This recipe works with store bought  but for maximum flavour you might want to make your own mint coriander chutney.
For maximum flavour you should consider making your garlic ginger paste from scratch.
1 cup is 237 ml.
You may notice there’s no tomato paste or passata in this recipe. That’s because the tomato flavour comes from the hotel curry gravy. It’s there already.


Serving: 2servings | Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 1257mg | Potassium: 870mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 891IU | Vitamin C: 118mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 5mg

20 thoughts on “hariyali chicken curry – indian hotel style”

  1. Hi im going to do this with lamb. Do you recommend i marinate it and should I cook and first and how. Many thanks iv made it with chicken and was delicious but hubby prefers lamb

  2. Wow! This one is really something special. I did double it and it came out perfectly. I served it with pilau rice and a dal palak, which I thought was a wonderful feast. Thanks again!

    • That is a wonderful sounding feast. I think hariyali is an unsung hero of the Indian repertoire. Delighted to hear you enjoyed it!

  3. 5 stars
    This is delicious.

    Fits perfectly for my client’s allergies. No nuts, no dairy. Looking forward to serving it to him in my restaurant.

    Thanks for the Hotel Style Sauce. We have been cooking Home Style in big batches. This gives me the chance to try different recipes in smaller batches.

    Big Hug from Mexico

  4. 5 stars
    I’m running out of superlatives for your recipes! Let’s go with ‘divine’ for this one..!
    I’m so glad I made and froze 6 large yoghurt pots of Hotel Style Gravy; it was a task, but it sure makes subsequent curry cooking quicker and easier.
    I highly recommend an accompanying Tarka Dhal, as in the recipe notes above. The perfect finishing touch to a really delicious curry.

    • I like divine. Delighted to hear you enjoyed it and that you served it with a tarka dhal. That’s a great combo.

  5. I found your site whilst in lockdown and it’s been a game changer! Always made a decent curry but as you say, it was never like a restaurant curry. Every recipe we have loved and we don’t cook curry with any other recipes but yours now.
    Amazing work and thank you!


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