Balti Chicken Pasanda

This dish is very popular in Pakistan and becoming increasingly so in the West. I truly love it. I like it with plain basmati rice and a cucumber-tomato salad.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
4 servings


  • 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon ground almonds

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black cumin seeds

  • 1 (1 inch) piece cinnamon stick

  • 4 pods green cardamom

  • 6 whole black peppercorns

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken, cubed

  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 medium onions, diced

  • 3 fresh green chile peppers, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish

  • ½ cup light cream


  1. Combine Greek yogurt, ground almonds, garam masala, garlic, ginger, chili powder, salt, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and peppercorns in a medium bowl. Mix until a smooth paste forms. Add chicken pieces and mix well to coat. Marinate for at least 2 hours.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onions and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken and marinade and blend well with the onions. Cover skillet and simmer over medium heat until sauce thickens and chicken is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Add chile peppers and 2 tablespoon cilantro. Pour in cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Garnish servings with more fresh cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

I use less cream and sometimes half-and-half.

The longer the chicken marinates the better.

You can also use a karahi or wok to cook this curry.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

606 Calories
44g Fat
22g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 606
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 928mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 88mg 439%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 493mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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