Chicken Tawa Masala Recipe

Chicken Tawa Masala
Chicken Tawa Masala

Chicken Tawa Masala Recipe is the famous Indian Chicken Dish of Punjabi Cuisine. Marinated and roasted Tandoori Chicken Pieces are cooked in Spicy Gravy and homemade Garam Masala Powder. This dish goes well with hot Indian Rotis and Butter Naan.

Chicken Tawa Masala is generally cooked on roadside dhabas on big tawas. Tawa Chicken is essentially considered restaurant food but if you are foody like me, then you can try this Indian chicken recipe at home.

Variety of Chicken Dishes can be cooked at home, such as Bhuna Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Do Pyaza, Chicken Leg Curry, etc, but this Chicken Tawa Masala has little different preparation than other chicken recipes.

Garam Masala Powder, which I have used here is also homemade, because it gives a nice aroma to the dish. It’s a home-cooked chicken curry that have a tremendous flavor of masala and gravy. Tawa Chicken tastes amazing, if cooked in a thick gravy.

Indian chicken recipes are world famous dishes and you need to put some extra efforts while cooking them. So let me show you how to cook this ever tastiest Chicken Tawa Masala Recipe at home.

Chicken Tawa Masala

How to make Chicken Tawa Masala Recipe:

Chicken Tawa Masala Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 3 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 372

Fat per serving: 12.2g

Chicken Tawa Masala Recipe

Chicken Tawa Masala Recipe is the famous Indian Chicken Dish of Punjabi Cuisine. Here Marinated and roasted Tandoori Chicken Pieces are cooked in Spicy Gravy and Home made Garam Masala.


    For the Marinade you will require:
  • 6 tablespoon yoghurt (dahi/curd)
  • 2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • For making the Gravy you will require:
  • 4 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 100g cashew nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • For making Homemade Garam Masala Powder you will require:
  • 5 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 3 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 5 whole black cardamom
  • 6-7 green cardamom
  • 4 cloves
  • A piece of nutmeg
  • Few cinnamon sticks
  • For the Chicken you will require:
  • 2 cups boneless chicken pieces
  • 1 capsicum, diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 2 tablespoon clarified butter
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • Few coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Let’s start making gravy of chicken tawa masala, for that mix 4 coarsely chopped onions, 100g cashew nuts, 4 cloves garlic and 1 inch ginger in a mixer. Blend the gravy ingredients to a curry paste with one glass of water and then boil it for about 15 minutes.
  2. While the gravy is boiling, heat another pan over medium high heat and put the ingredients of making garam masala powder one by one, add 5 tablespoon coriander seeds, 3 tablespoon cumin seeds, 10 black peppercorns, 5 black cardamom, 6-7 green cardamom, 4 cloves, a piece of nutmeg and few cinnamon sticks. Roast the whole garam masala ingredients for 3-4 minutes, till the nice aroma comes out and then grind together into a smooth powder and keep aside.
  3. Now take a big bowl and mix 6 tablespoon yoghurt (dahi/curd), 2 teaspoon garlic paste, 1 teaspoon ginger paste, 1/2 teaspoon red chilli paste, 1 teaspoon of prepared garam masala powder and salt to taste. Add pieces of chicken, 1 diced tomato and 1 diced capsicum in marinade and leave for half an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F and roast the marinated chicken along with veggies for approx. 15 minutes, till the chicken is 75% done.
  5. Melt 2 tablespoon butter either in a big pan or on a big tawa. Add one finely chopped onion and saute for a few seconds. Then add 1 teaspoon chopped ginger and 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic. Keep stirring until golden brown.
  6. Now add 2 chopped tomatoes and cook till tomatoes turns mushy and slightly reduced. Add pieces of tandoori chicken with capsicum and tomato and pour prepared gravy over it. Also add 1 teaspoon of garam masala powder, 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder and salt to taste. Stir all the ingredients together, then cook it for another five minutes over a gentle heat to thicken the gravy.
  7. Lastly garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve with Roti, Rice or Naan.


You can add cooking oil instead of butter. You can garnish this chicken tawa masala with some fresh cream, just before serving.


  1. Hi, theres hardly any chilly powder and tomatoes in this recipe.. How did you manage to get such deep red color to the dish ?

    • Hi sandy,
      If you will carefully read this recipe, then you will see that, in the marinade of chicken I have used red chili paste. Also I have used tomatoes and red chili powder for making this dish. These all ingredients brings a nice red color into the gravy. The red chili paste is made out of Kashmiri red chilies and hence I got a good color of gravy.

    • Hi Sandy,
      If you if will read this recipe again, you will notice that, in marinade I have used red chili paste, which is made from Kashmiri red chilies. Secondly I have used tomatoes and Kashmiri red chili powder. These all ingredients brings a nice color into the gravy. If you are making gravy in a proper way with continuous stirring, then a nice color starts coming out of it.

  2. Hi I wanted to try this recipie but m a bit confused sorry bout that abot the net meg u said 4 pieces is it full net meg or just pieces ?? Please reply and another thing is the black cardamom do I bring it full of do I jus use the inner seeds please help me in dis

  3. Hi Charalbi,
    Im sorry, It was my mistake. I used a piece of nutmeg in it and not 4 pieces. By mistake it’s written 4 instead of A (one). Also use whole black cardamoms, because if you will break or crush it, then aroma will soon disappear, hence use it full. Thanks for noticing it.

  4. i got one more option of cooking chicken at home, this is my hubbys favorite dish and he only browsed your recipe. Thanks priya


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