Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chicken ghashi recipe - Karnataka style chicken gassi recipe

chicken ghashi in a serving plate
Chicken ghashi or gassi recipe - Chicken ghashi is a thick gravy prepared by using roasted coconut, variety of fried spices, garlic and yogurt etc. This is a very popular cuisine of  South Karnataka, often prepared in every house hold with different versions. This chicken ghashi is an absolutely delicious dish with smooth texture. The robust flavor of fried spices and brown masala cardamoms, make the chicken ghashi very flavorful and inviting.

Chicken Ghashi or Gassi Recipe 
Prep time : 30 mins
Cook time : 1 hr
Total time : 1 hr 30 mins
Recipe type : Chicken
Cuisine : Karnataka
Yield : Serves 4
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

  • 1 kilogram chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 heaped tsp garam masala
  • 1 heaped tsp kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 cup yogurt / curd
  • 4 brown cardamoms
  • Oil as required
  • Salt as required
Grind to paste
  • 4 large onions, finely chopped
  • 20 cloves / lavang
  • 1/2" cinnamon / dalchini
  • 20 black peppers
  • 1 star anise / chakri phool
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 16 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
For the marinade
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt
Chicken ghashi or gassi - step by step pictures

1.  Clean and trim the chicken pieces. Wash them thoroughly under running water and put them in a deep vessel. Squeeze the lime in it. Add the turmeic powder and salt. 

2.  Mix well and rub the marinade to the chicken pieces and keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
marinate the chicken to make Chicken Ghashi
3.  Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and fry the onions till they turn light brown in colour. 

4.  Mix the coriander seeds, star anise, cinnamon, black pepper and cumin seeds together and fry them in little oil until aromatic and set side.
fried onions and spices to make Chicken Ghashi
5.  Mix the chilli powder and coconut together and roast until aromatic and set aside. Now, mix the fried spices, coconut-chiili powder mixture and fried onions together.
roasted chilli and coconut
6.  Add the garlic cloves and ginger paste to the coconut onion and spice mixture. Put this  mixture in a mixer jar and grind it using little bit of water to make a  smooth and thick paste.

7.  Transfer this ground masala paste to a bowl and reserve 1/2 cup of  mixer jar water.
ground masala paste to make Chicken Ghashi
8.  Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and add slightly crushed brown cardamoms to it. Fry for 30 seconds and add the ground masala paste. 

9.  Add the garam masala powder, kashmiri chilli powder and mix with the masala paste.
masala added to the temper
10.  Saute for 1 minute. Add the thick yogurt and salt. Mix well. Add the marinated chicken and 1/2 cup of reserved jar water. Stir to combine.
yogurt and chicken added to make Chicken Ghashi
11. Add the copped coriander leaves and cover with lid. Pour a cup of water on the lid and cook on low flame for 35 to 40 minutes. Stir in between to prevent it from burning.
cilantro added and cook cocvered the chicken ghashi
12.  Once the chicken becomes soft and cooks well,  remove the pan from the heat and serve hot with rice, dosa, idly, chpati, rice roti or any other Indian flat breads.


  1. Book marking This post..beautiful colór n luks too good

  2. Such a creamy rich chicken curry loaded with spices!


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