Murg Zafarani

Dry Saffron Chicken

Recipe by Sarfaraz Ahmed of Seattle Washingtin, US

Ingredients non vegetarian 4 servings

    • 750 g Chicken Breast Fillet ( or Thigh Fillets)
    • 4 tbsp Dahi ( Yoghurt)
    • 2 tbsp Garlic Paste
    • 1 tbsp Ginger Paste
    • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder
    • 1 pinch Saffron ( Zafran)
    • 6 tbsp Cashew Nut paste
    • 5 tbsp Cooking Oil
    • 2 Tej Patta (Bay leaves)
    • 6 Cloves
    • 1 Onion, Medium ( Grind it to a paste)
    • Salt to taste


    1. Take the chicken in a mixing bowl and add yoghurt.
    2. Add the Ginger and Garlic Paste. ( keep half of this aside for cooking later)
    3. Add some salt.
    4. Add the Red Chilli Powder.
    5. Dissolve the saffron strands in one tablespoon of warm water and add it in the chicken mixture.
    6. Mix everything together.
    7. Leave this mixture for 30 minutes in fridge.


    1. Take a thick bottomed pan and put it on medium heat.
    2. Now add the Cooking oil.
    3. Add the Bay Leaves.
    4. Add the Cloves.
    5. Now add the Onion ( grounded into a paste) and stir for 4 minutes.
    6. Add the Garlic and Ginger Paste and brown the onions.
    7. Add the marinated chicken pieces.
    8. Cook the chicken.
    9. Once the chicken is cooked, close the flame and add the Cashew Nut Paste.

    This dish will have very little gravy. You can control the consistency by adding bit more water in the step 9 ( while cooking)

    Serve it hot with rice, roti or Naan.



    it is very very simple to cook and turns out to be a royal dish


    it is very very simple to cook and turns out to be a royal dish

    Mrs. Vishaka. A. De

    hey..i cant believe it was so easy cooking this, I enjoyed cooking this and my husband relished eating the dish.. ;-)

    Sarfaraz Ahmed

    Sarfaraz Ahmed

    Thanks for the appreciation....... chow


    Sarfaraz, this recipe turned out very delicious, although I avoided the onion since some of my friends do not have onions but it still turned out xcelent. Thanks do keep on posting various others. ciao.