Chicken – Mango Chicken Tarkari (Nepali Food Recipe)

(Nepali Chicken Curried with Mango and Spices)


  • 2 lbs. chicken breast, cut into 1/2-in. slices
  • 2 cups ripe mango, diced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorn
  • 4 tablespoons clarified butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro for garnish


  • In a non-stick sauté pan, heat two tablespoons of butter.
  • Fry a tablespoon of black pepper corn for 30 sec.
  • Add turmeric and onion and sauté until translucent.
  • Add garlic, ginger and cumin powder; stir well for a minute or so.
  • Put the mango chunks into the onion mixture; mix well and sauté for five minutes to allow sweating of the mango.
  • Add chili paste, salt and pepper; stir thoroughly for the complete incorporation of the ingredients.
  • Allow the mango mixture to simmer for another 10 minutes or so.
  • Reduce the mixture by half.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a blender for pureeing.
  • Puree the mango mixture into a mango sauce.
  • In a large bowl, season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  • In a non-stick sauce pan, heat two tablespoons of butter.
  • Add chicken mixture and brown well over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until the chicken pieces are almost done.
  • To the browned chicken add pureed mango mixture and stir well to coat all the pieces of chicken.
  • Lower the heat and allow braising for 10-15 minutes until the chicken pieces are tender and a desired consistency of the mango sauce has been achieved.
  • Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with a tablespoon of chopped cilantro.
  • Serve with rice and roti (flat bread).

Author:Tulsi Regmi