How to make Kothimbir Chicken -

A typical Maharashtrian chicken preparation – cooked with plenty of fresh coriander leaves.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Fresh coriander leaves (ताज़ा हरा धनिया), Chicken on bone

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Chicken

Kothimbir Chicken

Kothimbir Chicken Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Kothimbir Chicken Recipe

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1 cup + for garnishing

  • Chicken on bone cut into medium pieces 750 grams

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Cashewnuts 5-6

  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto) 1 teaspoon

  • Green cardamoms 3-4

  • Garlic cloves 7-8

  • Ginger 1/2 inch

  • Green chillies 4-5

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cloves 4-5

  • Black peppercorns 4-5

  • Cinnamon 1/2 inch

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Onions sliced 2 medium


Step 1

Marinate chicken with salt and turmeric powder.

Step 2

Take cashewnuts, poppy seeds, green cardamoms, garlic, ginger, green chillies, cumin seeds, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon in a blender jar. Reserve 1 tablespoon chopped coriander and add remaining alongwith some water and blend to a fine paste.

Step 3

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add onions and sauté till golden.

Step 4

Add prepared paste, sauté and cook on high heat. Add marinated chicken, mix well and cook on high heat for a minute.

Step 5

Add some water, mix, cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 minutes.

Step 6

Add reserved chopped coriander, mix well and cook for a minute.

Step 7

Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander.

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