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How to make a Chicken Curry with Bottle Masala

Bottle Masala Chicken Curry

This is a quick and easy chicken curry using the East-Indian bottle masala. A simple recipe that gets done is just 20 minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand. You can also use beef, mutton or lamb instead of chicken
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine East-Indian, Indian
Keyword Bottle Masala, Chicken, Curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 245kcal
Cost $10


  • 1 Kg Chicken cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 3 large Garlic cloves paste or grated
  • ½ inch Ginger paste or grated
  • 3 tbsp Bottle Masala (mildly spiced)
  • 2 large Tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper


  • Saute onions in oil for 2 minutes until translucent
  • Add ginger and garlic - saute 2 mins more
  • Then add the tomatoes and cook for 2 more minutes
  • Next, add the bottle masala and saute for a minute adding a few tablespoons of water to prevent it from burning
  • Next, add the chicken - saute for 3 to 4 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink
  • Add water - season with salt and pepper
  • Cover and cook for 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked and you see oil on the surface of the curry
  • Finally, add the lemon juice.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning - add more salt, pepper or lemon juice as required.



Substitute for Bottle Masala. 

Bottle Masala is made up of more than 18 different spices so while these not the exact substitutes they are great alternatives. 
  • Add the same amount of currry powder instead of bottle masala plus, ¼ tsp Garam masala. 
Or combine these spices then use the amount requested in the recipe.
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri chilly
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper 
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder 
  • 2 bay leaves. 
  • ¼ tsp Garam Masala 


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2341IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg