November 19, 2012

Murg Saagwala / Chicken in Creamy Spinach Gravy

Yes, I am back with another spinach recipe and like some of you might have guessed already, I had bought this enormous bag of spinach leaves that I just had to use up before the expiry/wilt date :) Well, on the first day we had a spinach salad drizzled with a ranch dressing, the next day we had Spinach Raita and then I prepared this really yummy Murg Saagwala which is my daughters favorite chicken dish. When I saw her enjoy this it gave me immense pleasure not only owing to the fact that she was appreciating something that I cooked but especially because I knew that she was eating something healthy and nutritious :) 

I made this dish during the weekend and I was really glad about it because of 2 reasons- One, the weather was just sunny and outstanding and secondly, my husband was ready to lend his hand (literally) for one of my clicks. I really love experimenting on photographs with a human touch to them instead of regular staged photos. 

Now regarding the name of the dish - Murg Saagwala – Murg means chicken and Saagwala means green leaves-based dish. The chicken pieces are first marinated in a blend of spices and lemon juice and then cooked and browned after which they are dunked into a luscious thick, flavorful and creamy spinach sauce. This is a really delicious dish and I think anyone who loves Palak Paneer would surely enjoy this. 

Serves 6-8

Marinade for chicken 
2 .5 lb. – Chicken pieces (I used chicken breast)
1 Tbsp - Lemon Juice
2 Tsp - Chilly powder
1/2 Tsp – Turmeric powder
2 Tsp – Coriander powder
1/4 Tsp – Saunf(Fennel seeds )powder
1 Tsp – Pepper
½ Tsp  - Cumin Powder
¾ Tsp – Garam Masala
Salt to taste


Ingredients for Gravy
12oz / 35ogm – Fresh Spinach
1 Tbsp - Garlic, grated
2 - Tomato
2 Cup (approx 2) - Onions
1/2 Cup - Cilantro
1 1/2 Cup - Hot Milk (Refer Notes)
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp - Ghee/Oil
1 Tbsp – Kasoori Methi

For the chicken 

  • Marinate the chicken pieces in the spices mentioned above and set it aside for a minimum 2 hours. 
  • Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and add the chicken pieces to it; cook it through until lightly browned 
  • Take the chicken pieces out and set aside to rest 

For the Spinach Gravy 

  • Heat some ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan; add the chopped onions and saute mixture until it turn translucent 
  • Add the garlic and tomatoes; sauté until the tomatoes are really soft and mushy. 
  • Mix in the chopped spinach leaves and let it sweat. Do not overcook 
  • Once the spinach cooks take it out of the heat and allow to cool. 
  • Transfer the spinach along with ½ cup chopped coriander leaves to a blender or food processor and pulse to make a smooth spinach puree. 
  • Return the pureed spinach to the pan and add the chicken pieces along with the hot milk. 
  • Take 1 tablespoon of kasoori methi in between your palms and rub them with your hands to crush them. Add the powder to the dish 
  • Cook for 5 minutes and serve hot 

Notes and Tips 

  • Over cooking the spinach will kill the bright green color 
  • Cooking the spinach sauce with ghee makes a remarkable difference so I highly recommend this 
  • Heat the milk before adding it to the dish to avoid curdling 
  • To make a rich sauce you can substitute 1.5 Cup Milk with 1 cup Milk and ½ Cup Heavy Cream. 


  1. very nice recipe...just a saag and palak the same?which is spinach?It's always confusing for me.

  2. delicious recipe & love that vibrant green color of the gravy..good one & royal presentation!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. A fabulous dish! I love spinach and chicken, but have never tried that dish. I'll soon have to remediate to that situation. ;-P



  4. Just loved your presentation Shema..Too good. Have always wanted to try this combination but never did. Love the colour. Keep rocking!

  5. Shabs, Saag is a leaf-based and can be made from spinach, mustard leaves, finely chopped broccoli, or other greens

  6. This is soo tempting Sheema, I also like the flavour of kasoori methi n spinach together!

  7. I like the kadai :)...the dish looks yummy.

  8. luv ur chicken and golden cutlery too ;-)

  9. Nice combination. Will be a nice chicken dinner to add to my line-up, thanks!

  10. I just wish we can get together and cook! Looks wonderful and very tasty!

  11. Tempting and delicious saag chicken....yum..

  12. Awesome...we tried this son who never eats spinach is asking for more....breakthru indeed...thx shema....

  13. Thx son who has never liked spinach is asing for more ---:).....


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