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Ghee Roast Pepper Chicken Recipe or Chicken Kali Mirch

Ghee Roast Pepper Chicken Recipe or Chicken Kali Mirch

Sumit Malhotra
This classic Ghee Roast Pepper Chicken or Chicken Kali Mirch is a traditional recipe from the kitchens of Mangalorean households. It is a combination of succulent pieces of chicken marinated and cooked in a robust masala cooked in rich ghee.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Mangalorean, South Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 193 kcal


  • 2 Kg Chicken on the bone Without the skin
  • 6 Tablespoon Malt Vinegar
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Black Pepper Powder
  • 0.5 Tablespoon Mustard Seeds
  • 16 Piece Curry Leaves
  • 6 Tablespoon Garlic Fresh
  • 2 Tablespoon Ginger Fresh
  • 2 Piece Bay Leaves
  • 8 Piece Green Cardamom
  • 2 Piece Black Cardamom
  • 4 Piece Cloves
  • 2 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 4 Tablespoon Black Peppercorns
  • 3 Piece Onions Medium Sized
  • 4 Piece Tomatoes Medium Sized
  • 0.5 Teaspoon Salt
  • 5 Tablespoon Ghee


  • Make a solution with vinegar, salt and black pepper and marinate the chicken in it for about 2 hours.
  • Dry roast two black cardamoms, 8 green cardamoms, 4 cloves, 2 inch of cinnamon and 4 tablespoons of black peppercorns and grind them to a smooth masala.
  • Heat ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan and add 0.5 tablespoons of mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.
  • Add the bay leaves.
  • Add finely chopped onions and fry them on medium until brownish.
  • Add chopped ginger and garlic.
  • Add ½ of the ground spices and ½ of the curry leaves.
  • Sauté on low flame till oil separates from the masala.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes and let them cook.
  • Now add the chicken with the marinade and correct the salt.
  • Increase the flame and mix well. Leave it on high for 5 minutes or so.
  • Reduce the flame, cover and let the chicken cook.
  • After about 15 – 20 minutes open the cover and check for taste. You should have a thick masala by now.
  • Finally, add remaining curry leaves, ground spices and one tablespoon of ghee.


  • If you want this as a snack with drinks you can dry the moisture on high heat or else you can enjoy the thick masala with tandoori rotis.
Keyword Chicken Ghee Roast, Chicken Kali Mirch, Ghee Roast Pepper Chicken, Kali Mirch Chicken