Nepalese Chicken Curry Recipe

Last updated Jan 12, 2021 | Nepalese Cuisine, Recipes | 4 comments |

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Nepali foods are diverse in taste and rich in culture.  Nepalese cuisine results from Tibetan and Chinese foods, but are largely based on recipes common in India.  As a diverse country, you can expect traditional Nepali foods to branch out and associate with certain communities present in Nepal, like the Newars and the Thakalis.

Nepalese cuisine has a unique, distinct flavor which is achieved by mixing of spices with different ingredients and it all results in a delicious “Mmm, that’s good!” exclamation.

Discover the yummyness of chicken curry nepali style! (kukhura ko masu)

Follow the step-by-step directions below to make a traditional Nepali chicken curry.  You won’t be disappointed!

This recipe serves 4-5 persons and takes approximately 30 minutes to prepare. For measurement unit conversions, try this site here.


  • Chicken                           500 gm
  • Onion                               70 gm
  • Mustard oil                     30 ml
  • Bay leaves                       2 pieces
  • Tomatoes                        60 gm
  • Coriander                        2 tbsp
  • Ginger/garlic paste       1 tbsp
  • Meat masala (flavor)     1 tsp
  • Cumin powder                1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste


  • Red chili powder             1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder            1/2 tsp

Nepalese chicken curry recipe - Bits of Bri


  1. Chop onion, tomatoes, and chicken into small pieces
  2. Fry onions until golden brown, add chicken to pan
  3. Add bay leaves and turmeric (if using) and let sit for 5-10 minutes
  4. Add ginger/garlic paste, cumin powder, red chili powder (if using), meat masala, and salt to taste
  5. Cover pan and let simmer for 5 minutes over gentle heat, stirring occasionally
  6. Add tomatoes, coriander, and water as required to make sauce
  7. Serve and enjoy your new Nepalese chicken curry recipe!

Learn Nepali! Nepalese chicken curry recipe vocabulary:

  • Chicken curry – kukhura ko masu
  • Cumin powder – jira dhulo
  • Red chili powder – khursani dhulo
  • Bay leaves – tejpatta
  • Mustard oil – tori ko tel 
  • Ginger – adhuwa
  • Garlic – lasun 
  • Tomato – golbheda
  • Coriander – dhaniya
  • Salt – nun (noon)

Thumbs up! In this post you have learned..

  1. A delicious & simple new recipe of Nepalese cuisine
  2. 10 (food) words of the Nepali language!

Now that you have tonight’s main dish, try this authentic French crêpe recipe for dessert! Look at that, a mix of cultures! 🙂

Thanks for reading and following BB! Keep in touch for more traditional Nepali recipes.  Don’t hesitate to ask questions and definitely let me know how your chicken curry (Nepali style) turns out!

Bits of Bri

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  1. Nicola

    Now I’m hungry, thanks BB, great blog

  2. Georgie

    This sounds delicious, I love curry , can’t wait to try this one out!


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Hi, I’m Bri! I’ve been slow traveling around the world in search of new adventures since 2013. I have lived in 8 countries on 4 continents including Nepal, Mexico, Colombia, and parts of Europe! I created this blog to inspire others to live a life of adventure, seek out meaningful experiences, and to travel slowly and mindfully. Join me on this journey and let’s tick off our bucket lists! Read my story here. Getaway21 Banner