Chicken Bhuna Recipe | Authentic Sindhi Bhugal Chicken Recipe

Are you in the mood for some chicken curry on rice but don’t have time to make an elaborate one? There are a very few simple chicken recipes that actually taste as magnificent as the lavish ones. The Sindhi style chicken bhuna recipe is definitely one of them. I have grown up relishing chicken bhuna with steaming hot basmati rice, and it still remains my favorite after so many years. It is one of the best chicken dishes you will ever come across and that isn’t a matter of opinion. Empirical, it is a divinely delicious chicken curry recipe. Let me explain to you what makes this chicken bhuna recipe so unique.

There are two very important things that set the chicken bhuna recipe apart. First, it’s the quantity of the onions used, which is equal to the weight of the chicken. I know, those are a lot of onions. Secondly, it’s the lengthy the roasting process. Roasting means bhunna (भूनना) in Hindi. It means sauteing the chicken for a long time along with the spices. The slow cooking makes the flavors go deep within the chicken. The onions vanish to form a delicious, flavorful gravy. You get a desirable sweetness from the caramelized onions, which is a characteristic of this chicken bhuna recipe.

Choosing the Chicken Portions for the Chicken Bhuna Recipe

Using whole chicken is always better than any particular portions. Always use chicken on the bone to make this chicken bhuna to get the best taste. I prefer whole chicken sans breast. Wings, thighs, and other bony portions work just perfectly.

Now let’s take a look at the best chicken bhuna recipe, that’s so quick and easy to make at the same time.

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How to Make Chicken Bhuna

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Chicken Bhuna Recipe - A traditional recipe consisting thick gravy of caramelized onions caressing the chicken, slow cooked with Indian spices. It tastes best with steaming hot rice,
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Sindhi
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • Chicken – 500 grams
  • Onions – 500 grams, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes – 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Ginger – 1 & ½-inch piece
  • Garlic – 15 cloves, medium-sized
  • Green chilies – 3
  • Coriander leaves – a handful, finely chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – ⅓ cup
  • Water – 2 cups or as needed
Whole Spices
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tbsp
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cinnamon – 2-inch stick
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Black peppercorns – 6
  • Green cardamom – 3
  • Black cardamom – 1
Ground Spices
  • Byadgi red chili – 1 tbsp
  • Guntur red chili – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Coriander – ½ tbsp
  • Garam masala – ¼ tsp + a pinch
Instructions
  1. Combine ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, and cloves in a mortar and pestle. Crush them very finely.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom pot. Add the whole spices; bay leaves, cinnamon, green cardamom, black cardamom, and black peppercorns.
  3. When the spices sizzle, add the onions. Cook the onions on low-medium heat until they caramelize.
  4. Add the crushed ginger-garlic mixture. Sauté until the raw smell disappears.
  5. Add the chicken and sauté it till it turns white. Then cover the pot and cook for a few minutes so that the chicken releases its water.
  6. Then add the tomatoes, and green chilies. Cook until the tomato softens.
  7. Add salt, ground spices; byadgi red chili, Guntur red chili, turmeric, coriander, and garam masala.
  8. Turn the heat to medium-high and roast the chicken stirring it often. The water would evaporate, thechicken will get some color and oil will begin to separate.
  9. Add a tbsp of water and roast until it evaporates. Repeat the process about 5-6 times. The roasting process is very important and enhances the taste of the recipe.
  10. The onion gravy will cling on to the chicken while the oil separates.
  11. Add water depending on the doneness of the chicken. I needed about 1 & ¼ cups of water. Bring the curry to a boil.
  12. Continue to cook until the water evaporates, the gravy thickens to cling on to the chicken and the oil separates again. The chicken would be completely cooked.
  13. Add a handful of fresh coriander leaves and a sprinkle of garma masala for fragrance. Give it a gentle mix.
  14. Sindhi style chicken bhuna recipe is ready. Serve hot with rotis or rice. Enjoy!

Chicken Bhuna Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below


Step 1

Prepare the ingredients for the chicken bhuna recipe.

chicken curry ingredients


Step 2

Clean and rinse 500 grams of chicken that has been cut into medium-sized pieces.

chicken cut into medium-sized pieces for making chicken curry


Step 3

Combine 1 & 1/2-inch piece of ginger, 15 cloves of garlic, 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds, and 4 cloves in a mortar and pestle. Crush everything very finely.

ginger, garlic, cloves, and cumin seeds crushed for easy chicken recipe


Step 4

Heat 1/3 cup oil in a heavy bottom pot. Add the whole spices; 2 bay leaves, 2-inch piece of cinnamon, 3 green cardamom, 1 black cardamom, and 6 black peppercorns.

whole spices added to hot oil to make chicken curry


Step 5

When the spices sizzle, add 500 grams of chopped onions. Cook the onions on low-medium heat until they caramelize.

onions being sauteed to make chicken gravy


Step 6

Add the crushed ginger-garlic mixture. Sauté until the raw smell disappears.

onions caramelized for chicken curry gravy


Step 7

Add the chicken.

chicken added in caramelized onions


Step 8

Sauté it till it turns white. Then cover the pot and cook for a few minutes so that the chicken releases moisture.

chicken roasted until it turns white


Step 9

Then add the tomatoes, and green chilies. Roast the chicken until the tomato softens.

tomatoes and green chilies added to chicken to make easy chicken curry recipe


Step 10

Add the salt to taste, ground spices; 1 tbsp byadgi red chili, 2 tsp Guntur red chili, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tbsp coriander, and 1/4 tsp garam masala.

indian spices added to the chicken curry recipe


Step 11

Turn the heat to medium-high and roast the chicken stirring it often. The water would evaporate, the chicken will get some color and oil will begin to separate.

chicken being roasted along with the spices for chicken curry recipe


Step 12

Add 1-2 tbsp of water and roast until it evaporates. Repeat the process about 5-6 times. The roasting process is very important and enhances the taste of the recipe.

chicken being slow cooked along with the spices


Step 13

As you can see, the onion has turned into a thick gravy that clings onto the chicken. The chicken gives out a nice aroma because of roasting.

chicken bhuna recipe in the making


Step 14

Add water depending on the doneness of the chicken. I needed about 1 & 1/4 cups of water since my chicken was 75% cooked. Bring the curry to a boil.

water added to the chicken to make curry


Step 15

Continue to cook until the chicken is done, the water evaporates, and the gravy thickens to cling on to the chicken. The oil separates again as well.

quick chicken curry is almost ready


Step 16

Add a handful of fresh coriander leaves and a sprinkle of grama masala for fragrance. Give it a gentle mix. Chicken bhuna recipe is ready.

chicken bhuna recipe is ready


Step 17

Serve hot with rotis or rice. Enjoy!

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Shreya Kumar
    August 1, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    i love Sindhi food.. i once had bhogal mutton at my sindhi frend’s home..loved it to d core..now i can make this chicken curry..thanks to the step by step explanation..

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      I am so happy to read your comment. Caramelized onion based recipes are so comforting. Do make this bhugal chicken and let me know if you enjoyed it.

  • Reply
    Chitra Stephen
    August 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    i had no idea Sindhi food was so rich..grt rcp..

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks Chitra. I get that a lot. 😀 Do try the recipe. It tastes every bit as good as it looks.

      • Reply
        CHITRA STEPHEN
        February 6, 2018 at 5:18 pm

        Hi Monica. I finally got an opprtunity to try your bhuna chicken recipe after such a long time.. Delicious is an understatement. It was insanely rich and deep when it came to flavors..my family kept licking their fingers. Thanks again for te recipe

        • Reply
          sanulya
          February 7, 2018 at 10:15 am

          Hi Chitra. I am so glad to know that you an your family loved chicken bhuna. Thank you so much for the appreciation. 🙂 Happy cooking!

  • Reply
    Karuna Bhaskar
    August 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    amazing recipe and easy explanation… well done..

  • Reply
    Ratna Sareen
    August 24, 2017 at 6:31 am

    i had heard the name bhugal teevan quite often but didnt know exactly how it is made..this looks very unique..delicious..thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      Monica
      January 31, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks Ratna. Do try it and I am sure you will love it. Teevan is mutton in Sindhi and can be prepared the same way. It takes 3-4 hours for the mutton to cook completely and tastes divine.

  • Reply
    Madhulika jatoliya
    September 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    This looks fabulous ,

  • Reply
    Shithal neela
    September 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Takes lots of time to cook but the results are epic.. a curry you will never forget.

    • Reply
      Monica
      January 31, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Very true! Good things come to those who wait! 🙂

  • Reply
    Raghav
    November 25, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    this is one of chicken recipes i have ever made, this is a totally new dish for me, and i like your website for the same reason, detailed, rich and simplified recipes

    • Reply
      Monica
      December 4, 2017 at 3:32 am

      Hello Raghav. Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you tried the recipe. 🙂

  • Reply
    Aniket Kumar
    January 25, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Absolutely delightful!

    • Reply
      Monica
      January 25, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 🙂

  • Reply
    Vijaya Bahaduri
    March 2, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    very unique recipe of bhuna chicken..i like the color after bhunoing the chicken for a long time . that scraping the bottom og the utensil as you go, it tastes so good.

    • Reply
      Monica
      March 5, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Hi Vijaya! Exactly. The khurchan is the best part and that’s why bhuna non-veg curries like this one taste so good.

  • Reply
    Avinash Shukla
    June 23, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Excellent chicken dish Monica ji… mazaa aagay,. i always wondered ke chicken gravy main meethapan kaise layein.. caramelized onions did the trick.. thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Monica
      June 24, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Thank you Avinash! 🙂 I am glad you found the answer.

  • Reply
    sumati k
    July 3, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    bhuna chicken looks very yummy . where can i buy that handi? what material is it?

  • Reply
    nimisha
    January 13, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    i am drooling. that’s a really good bhuna chicken.

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