Chicken lababdar

  Chicken lababdar

Chicken lababdar ( murgh lababdar) is a rich tomato onion based chicken gravy. You can make this delicious recipe at home like restaurant style with step by steps. This easy  recipe is made using boneless chicken breast pieces. You can make it with leg boneless or with bone in chicken pieces as well. But this boneless chicken gravy recipe is one of the best chicken recipe to make at home You can even use fresh chicken tikka or leftover tikka to make chicken tikka lababdar ( murgh tikka lababdar) as well. Choices are many to make the recipe.In restaurant style lababdar recipe grated cheese are used in the gravy and also topped them while serving . You can avoid it with cream. But cheese makes it more rich and delicious.

Serving garnished with cheese chicken lababdar in a bowl with steam rice for chicken lababdar recipe

What is lababdar ?

Chicken lababdar is a delicious North Indian dish that combines tender pieces of Chicken with a rich tomato-onion based gravy. A perfect balance of flavours with creaminess of fresh cream complementing the spiness of red chilli powder and garam masala. Lababdar means a strong desire and complete surrender to something mainly related to many dishes. You can say one's strong desire to surrender his taste buds to a dish. If you are looking for such a delightful recipe, you have come to the right place. Here I bring you the step by step guide on how to make Chicken lababdar recipe at home.

People are more familiar with butter chicken or chicken tikka masala. But chicken lababdar is not same with them. There are lots of differences between a chicken lababdar and butter chicken or with chicken tikka masala.

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Chicken lababdar vs butter chicken

  • In butter chicken or chicken tikka masala, Chicken is usually marinated with yogurt and spices before being grilled or cooked in tandoor. These are then simmered in a creamy tomato gravy or sauce. But Chicken lababdar is made without grilling the chicken. Lababdar is made with fresh chicken.
  • The gravy or sauce for butter chicken is made with tomatoes, cream, butter and blend of spices. It has a  rich and creamy texture. Whereas  Lababdar is made with tomato-onion base, cashew and cream.Onion is not use in butter chicken whereas in chicken lababdar we use onion.
  • Butter chicken is known for its mild and creamy flavour with a little bit sweet in taste but chicken lababdar is not sweet. It has a slightly spicier and tangier flavour.
  • Spice powder like garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder are not use for butter chicken but these spices are use in chicken lababdar preparation.
Similarly chicken lababdar vs chicken tikka masala has also many differences. Like in chicken tikka masala recipe roasted or grilled chicken pieces are used. And yoghurt or curd is used in the gravy. Whereas this are not used in chicken lababdar recipe.

You can read how butter chicken and Chicken Tikka masala are made from below

Ingredients required to make the recipe
  • Chicken : You can opted for bone in Chicken or boneless one depends upon your chioce.
  • Tomato Onion : Fresh ripped tomatoes are best for the gravy.
  • Spice powder : Red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala., turmeric powder
  • Whole spices : Bay leaf, cinamom sticks, cardamom, cloves
  • Herbs : Ginger, garlic, coriander leaf, fenugreek leafs
  • Other ingredients : Cashew nuts, Cheese, Butter, Ghee, Cooking oil and salt.

Steps to make the recipe

1. Making puree for the gravy

The puree for the gravy can be made by two methods. For first one, roughly chopped the onion and tomato and boiled them with whole spices and cashew nuts for 15 - 20 min or till they become soft and messy. Cool down and remove the whole spices and make the puree in a mixer grinder.

 I prefer the second method which is less time consuming and the resulting puree become more tasty as everything is fried.  First fry the whole spices with onion slices till light brown.

Frying onion and whole spices for making chicken lababdar puree

 Then fry the sliced tomatoes till messy. And lastly fry the cashew nuts with them.

Frying tomato, onion, cashewnuts and whole spices for lababdar puree

 Discard the whole spices and make the puree using a mixer grinder ( blender).

Tomato onion puree for chicken lababdar recipe

2. Making lababdar 

Heat one teaspoon oil in a pan and fry ginger garlic paste till raw smell goes off. Then fry the chopped onions till become light brown. 

Frying chopped onion with ginger garlic paste for chicken lababdar recipe

Add red chilli powder, cumin powder, garam masala, coriander powder and turmeric powder and saute for a while.

Mixing red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, Coriander powder with chopped onion for chicken lababdar recipe

 Pour little water and cook the masala for 30 seconds. Next add the chicken pieces and mix well with the masala and cook for 5 minutes covering the pan on medium heat flame.

Adding Chicken pieces with masala for chicken lababdar recipe

Chicken chicken pieces covering with a lid for chicken lababdar recipe

Pour the above prepared tomato onion puree into the pan and cook further 5 - 7 minutes on slow flame. 

Mixing tomato onion puree with chicken for chicken lababdar recipe

Add a small pinch of salt or as per your taste into the gravy. If the gravy become thick then pour water as required and cook the chicken till done. Pour crushed fenugreek leaves and ghee into the gravy and mix well.

Adding crushed fenugreek leaves and ghee with chicken lababdar gravy

Add some grated cheese into the gravy and cook for one more minute. 

Adding grated cheese with chicken lababdar gravy

Check the seasoning of the gravy and if required add some salt and spices. Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and remove. Serve hot by topping with some grated cheese. Chicken lababdar is ready to enjoy with tandoori roti, naan and Paratha.

Making chicken tikka lababdar

For making this you need to marinate the chicken pieces with a yoghurt based masala paste known as tandoori masala. Thereafter roast the marinated chicken in an oven or over a pan or tawa till crisp golden. Simmer them when you make  the lababdar gravy with other spices. Pour grated cheese and remove to serve the chicken tikka lababdar.

Roasting chicken tikka on tawa or pan for chicken tikka lababdar recipe

If you love Chicken lababdar recipe then I am sure you would love the recipe of Kadai chicken as well.

Chicken lababdar recipe video

Chicken lababdar recipe

Serving Chicken lababdar with steam rice

Chicken lababdar is a popular chicken gravy made using tomato onion based gravy with spices. Cashew nuts and cheese are used to make this rich dish.

Prep time 10min, cook time 15min serve 1 

Author              Mobasir hassan


  • 150 gm chicken pieces boneless
  • 1 medium size onion sliced
  • 3 medium size tomato sliced
  • 1 medium size onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/3 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Small pinch of crushed fenugreek leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 6 - 7 cashew nuts
  • 2 teaspoon grated processed cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon ghee or butter( optional)
  • 2 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt as per taste
How to make the recipe
  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pan over medium heat flame and fry the whole spices bay leaf, cloves, cardamoms and cinnamon stick for 20 - 30 seconds. Then add the sliced onions and fry till light brown.
  2. Add the sliced tomatoes and fry till they become soft and messy. Add the cashew nuts and fry for another 10 seconds.
  3. Switch off the flame and transfer the above mixture into a mixer ( blender) jar after removing the whole spices.
  4.  Grind them into a fine paste when they become cool down. Transfer the paste into a bowl to use later while making the lababdar gravy.

Making Chicken lababdar

  1. Now heat the remaining oil in the pan and fry the ginger garlic paste till the raw smell goes off. Then add the chopped onions and fry till light brown in color.
  2. Add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and saute for a while.
  3. Pour little water and cook the masala for 30 seconds. Then add the chicken pieces and cook for 5 minutes over medium high flame by covering the pan with a lid.
  1. Then pour the prepared puree and mix well with the chicken pieces and cook for another 5 - 7 minutes. Add salt as per your taste. If the gravy become thick, pour little water and cook till the chicken pieces are completely cooked.
  2. Pour a small pinch of crushed fenugreek leaves and half teaspoon ghee over the gravy and mix well.
  3. Then mix half of the grated cheese with the gravy and cook for one minute. Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and remove.
  4. Garnish with the remaining cheese and serve hot.

                          Nutritional value
                          ( serving size 1 entree)
  • Calories : 248
  • Fats : 12 g
  • Protein : 18 g
  • Carbohydrate : 17 g
                         Serving tips
Chicken lababdar can be served with butter roti,  butter naan and Paratha.
• It can be taken or goes well with steam rice or any other rice.

                         Recipe notes
• You can use with bone chicken pieces to make the recipe.
• To make it little bit more spicy use two to three slits green chillies after frying the chopped onions.

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