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Chicken Choila Recipe

Written By Neerakar on Saturday, April 28, 2012 | 4:52 PM

Chicken Choila is one of my favorite and the easiest dish to make. There are many varieties of Chicken Choila and this recipe is pretty much standard. So here it is!

1. 2 lbs boneless chicken tighs
2. 2 table spoon of roasted cumin seed powder
3. 1 table spoon of red paprika
4. 1 table spoon of crushed dried red chili
5. 5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
6. 1 ginger thinly sliced
7. 1 whole red onion finely chopped
8.  Salt & Pepper - Taste
9. Mustard Oil (2tbs) or vegetable oil
10. 1 tea spoon cumin seeds
11. 1 tea spoon Fenugreek Seeds
12. 1 bunch coriander leaves finely chopped
13. 1 table spoon of coriander powder
14. 1 or 2 freshly squeezed lime juice
15.  3 green chilies finely chopped


In a bowl marinate the chicken in 1 tbs oil, 1 tbs of roasted cumin powder, salt & pepper and 1 tbs spoon of coriander powder. Rest aside for at least 30-45 minutes.

Grill the chicken directly over charcoal. If you don't have a grill, you can also use the oven. Just make sure that the oven is set to Broil and use the top most slot of your oven (close to the fire).

Once the chicken is cooked, rest aside for 10 minutes. If you cut the chicken as soon as you take it off the grill then it is going to loose its moisture and the chicken will get dry soon.

Dice the chicken in cubes (preferably small pieces)

In a mixing bowl or tray, layer the chicken with roasted cumin powder, paprika & crushed chilies, onions, 3 cloves of garlic, ginger,coriander leaves and chopped green chilies. Season with salt and pepper. Now in a pan heat some oil. Put in the cumin and fenugreek seeds and roast it until it turns brown. Add the rest of the chopped garlic in the hot oil. Now pour the mixture on top of the mixing bowl. This process in Nepali is called "Jhanu or Jhaneko".

Bon Apetit 
Now mix everything together and add the fresh lime juice. Taste the food, if its lacking any ingredient you can always add some.  Enjoy :)


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  1. It looks so yummy...I will try it. You have the best recipes which are presented in a simple but descriptive manner. Keep brining more...I think I can learn a lot in cooking from you :)

  2. I couldn't wait to make this..Looked absolutely delicious. Finally got my hands on it today.Thank you sooo much for sharing the recipe :))

  3. Hi Nick..
    recently i had been to Nepal (official tour)it was the first time i had chicken Choila in Nepal.. it was like WOW... and i had choila almost daily there.. i just googled the recipe and i found yours listed on the top of the search engine. hey great job buddy.. i just tried your recipe and it was exactly the same as i had in Nepal... mouth watering, delicious and awesome... thanks for the recipe.. keep it up bro.. One question.. are you Nepali?

  4. am gonna try it with lamb and pork too.. thanks again...