Easy Peasy Creamy & Cheesy Chicken Handi

There are some days when you don’t have special ingredients handy in your kitchen yet you are up to try out a new or different recipe because you are so bored with the usual ones. I had a similar kind of day last week when all I had was Chicken and cream with the usual spices in my pantry. The urge to taste something unusual lead to recipe hunt, a quest to find something that was quick and easy to cook but should taste finger-licking and appetizing at the same time. I came across this amazing recipe by Shireen Anwer (hers are always a safe bet) befitting the above mentioned criteria, which I tweaked a little as per my ease.

It is a good option to prepare something atypical with less ingredients and time. Also, you can include it in your dawats/ parties menu to impress your guests. Sharing the recipe below, try it and enjoy it 😉

About White Handi: This is a relatively newer version of curry – a desi dish which is made using not-so-special ingredients with cream being one of the vital element of the recipe. Tastes great with naan!

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Inspired by: Shireen Anwer

Cuisine: Pakistani/Indian/Desi

Course:  Main

Serves: 4-5 Ease Level:  chef-hatchef-hatchef-hatchef-hat
Prep Time:  5 mins  Quickness:  chef-hatchef-hatchef-hatchef-hat
Cooking Time:  30 mins Spice Level:  chef-hatchef-hatchef-hatchef-hat

chef-hat Above ratings are out of 5, with 5 being the ‘most’.


chef-hatCooking spoon
chef-hatCooking (clay) pot
chef-hatCutting board


chef-hatChicken 500 gms
chef-hatGinger Garlic Paste 1 tbsp
chef-hatYoghurt 125 gms (about half cup)
chef-hatCream 125 ml  (about half cup)
chef-hatSalt 1 tsp
chef-hatCumin seeds (coarsely grounded) 1 tbsp
chef-hatBlack pepper (coarsely grounded) 1 tsp
chef-hatCoriander powder 1 tsp
chef-hatWhite pepper powder 1/2 tsp
chef-hatGreen chillies small (chopped) 4-5
chef-hatTomatoes medium (chopped) 2
chef-hatUnsalted butter 1 tbsp
chef-hatCheese Triangle 1
chef-hatOil 125 ml (half cup)


chef-hatIn a clay pot, heat oil and add ginger garlic paste – fry for 2 minutes.
chef-hatNow add Chicken, coarsely ground cumin seeds and coriander powder and fry until chicken changes it’s color.
chef-hatThrow in chopped tomatoes, salt, grounded black pepper, white pepper powder, chopped green chilies and yoghurt.
chef-hatStir and cook them for about 15 minutes (or till the meat is tender) with the lid on.
chef-hatPour in whipping cream and fold in.
chef-hatCook till the water dries, gravy starts simmering and you get the desired consistency. stir occasionally so that the gravy doesn’t stick to the bottom of pot.
chef-hatAdd the cheese triangle and mix.
chef-hatAdd butter on top, garnish with chopped chilies and serve.

chef-hatYou can cook in normal pot but the handi will taste better when cooked in clay pot.
chef-hatAdjust the spices to suit your taste buds.
chef-hatYou can use cumin powder if feeling too lazy to use the crushed option. (I do this most of the times)
chef-hatYou can make it with boneless meat as well.
chef-hatUse cracked pepper for better taste.
chef-hatYou can omit cheese if you want or use any kind of cheddar cheese.
chef-hatYou can use milk in place of cream if you like.

Chicken White Handi

Hope you’ll enjoy trying it out.
I’d love to get your feedback. Feel free to drop a comment below about your experience.

Happy cooking😉

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