Indian Pepper Chicken Curry Recipe

Let's continue the South Indian food series with the famous Pepper Chicken curry! Yum!
1 small chicken (1.5 pounds / 0.5 Kg) cut into medium sized pieces
2 cups plain yogurt + 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 small onions
2 green chillis
3 small tomatoes
A large bunch of fresh cilantro
10 fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon of whole cumin seeds
Masala Ingredients:
4 teaspoons of white poppy seeds
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
4 whole cloves
1 green cardamom pods
4 cinnamon sticks
1 whole mace
4 teaspoons of whole black pepper (peppercorn)
1/2 a medium sized onion


  1. Storyteller February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Hi dear Alia,

    1:36 – 1:40 you made me smile ^_^ maybe you never used it in your cooking
    but I’m 100% sure that you already know about it! It’s very popular and
    some Moroccan people do use it while others don’t. The mace (a spice) is
    simply that waxy red covering found within the nutmeg – it surrounds the
    nutmeg seed, it’s called ‘gooza’(nutmeg) in Morocco, I told you that you
    know already about it 🙂

    People who do use nutmeg-mace in their cooking have to be very careful
    because it can cause serious side effects if a large amount is used
    especially if it’s raw – it has psychoactive effects! They are some people
    who smoke it, use it like a drug/intoxicant that’s why in some countries
    it’s banned!

    It’s been years that I know about it, and every time I come across
    something that I don’t know I research about it 🙂 that happened the day
    when a friend share a cooking recipe of a Pakistani dish (Indian and
    Pakistani cuisine is the same) so when I’ve seen that ‘alien’ ingredient
    ^_^ not known to me at that time I’ve asked and I did some research because
    when it comes to food we should really know what we consume, there are
    people who have allergies, sensitive to particular ingredient or simply not
    according to their taste etc…

    Personally I don’t use nutmeg or mace, I’ve taste it once in a dish (low
    amount) but making the same one without it I didn’t taste any difference
    that’s why I always skip it.

    Thank you so much/’Bahut Shukriya/dhanyavad (in hindi/urdu) for the video
    ^_^ I can smell the ingredients from here hmm!!!! Lol everytime I cook
    ‘murgh makhani’ (Chef Sanjay Thumma recipe – Vah Reh Vah – check his
    channel he is awesome!!) the smell makes me travel all over india 😀

    I have to try this one! What’s the Indian name of this dish please? By the
    way I loved the pan ^_^ so cute!

    7:16 I can’t believe it!!!!!!! You said ‘it’s not/no!’ in KOREAN
    ‘aniyeyo/aniyo’ 😀 I was like what what what?!! Maybe right now you are in
    India but your mind is still on Korean mode ^_^ AWESOME!!

    Take care and thank you again ^_^

  2. James Strange February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Beautiful video.

    Are you in India now? 

  3. Iqrar Ahmad February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    as an Indian, am delighted that you have added Indian food to your coterie,
    and not to forget that am a huge fan of moroccan and arab food as well. God

  4. mehidi ali Khan February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Firstly Alia, looking gorgeous in Indian saree, Amazing south Indian dish
    with full spices.

  5. ronyusa February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Great video Alia, I have been a subscriber of your awesome channel since
    early 2012 and it is nice to see you expand your horizons into
    international cooking not to mention turn into a total Youtube celebrity
    who is easily qualified to have own TV show on Food channel/Travel channel
    etc. Your natural passion for cooking and interest in different cultures
    not to mention your very good presentation and people skills are absolutely
    amazing. I look forward to the day when you have your own cooking show on
    network TV. Best wishes.

  6. Minnah Ayman February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    what if u dont have mace and can we use black poppy seeds?

  7. Salah O February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    We love to see all this variety of foods from around the world good job 

  8. Amie Sa February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Woww mother in law did it again:)

  9. Mouna Moon February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Alia, I am really impressed by you and what you do. God Bless you and
    Preserve you 🙂
    And you Know, I will say something not realated to cooking 🙂 🙂 : Your
    husband look like so much to your mother in law .. Waaaw Soubhana Llah.

  10. Autumn February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Wow Alia! This looks so great. I’m a huge fan of Indian food so I’m really
    looking forward to all of these videos. I wish I had a better tolerance for
    spicy food so I could enjoy some of India’s spicier dishes. I’ll keep
    upping my tolerance with red kimchi. ;)

  11. Umm Amirah jn February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Alia! I think you forgot to mention in the written recipe to add Ginger
    Garlic paste to the chicken along with the masala mixture and yogurt +water

  12. taha sara February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    its a lot of spices , hard to find , can i remplace all that spices by
    the masala powder that we found on some indian store ? btw great recipe and
    great Sari !! :)

  13. swarna mahesh February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I am Indian and this recipe seems awesome…. Trying it out today…. But
    with definitely lesser peppercorns.. hehe

  14. bintlooda February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Wiow i cannot wait to try this recipie ! I love love love all ur indian
    videos thanks alia 

  15. Zarqa Walayat February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Fantastic Alia, u look so beautiful in the how ur presentation
    skills are and Thankyou for bringing us more authentic cooking from
    India…stay happy always..

  16. Afnan Shhri February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Beautiful recipe and I hope translated into Arabic here somewhere replies

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  18. Sawsan michou February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    J’adore tes video Alia ,ta positivité ton sourire 🙂 how amazing person u
    are ,watchers from Algeria <3

  19. hello991122 February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I would definitly have eaten this during my trip to India if the chicken
    were halal.. must be delicious

  20. Amal Kouchih February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Hey alia you look beautiful in Indian dress proud of you am also a Morocco
    .where did you learn English I like your accent 

  21. Nawal Nola February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    لذيذ يجنن بطبقه ان شاء الله تسلم ايدك

  22. Datzekerniet4 February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Love you Alia! Your mother in law is such a sweet lady!

  23. Amina Kamran February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    So cute. I call my mom Amma too even though I’m not indian :)

  24. emeraude15 February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    The clothes are beautiful and the FOOD… Mouthwatering…

  25. najia elalami February 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Tabaraka Allah 3elik and 3ela hada Malika