TEAM Eats: Recipe for Chicken Karahi

Recipe for Chicken Karahi
You don't have to go to the Middle East for a taste of delicious Pakistani cuisine! Try one missionary family's favorite recipe for chicken karahi.

Chicken karahi became a favorite Pakistani dish with our family because we often ate it while visiting our sons at their boarding school. There was this wonderful hole-in-the-wall restaurant there which made the very best chicken karahi. You got to choose your chicken, and then they got started preparing it!

It is generally eaten with roti — a type of flatbread — and plain yogurt, in case the spices were too hot.

Here’s how to make Chicken Karahi!

See full ingredients list below.


  • 12 pieces of chicken
  • 2½  tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bulb garlic, minced or crushed, soaked in 1 cup boiling water
  • 1½ tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 10 Italian plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 5½ green chilis, chopped
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro, chopped


1. Use wok to brown chicken in cooking oil.

2. Add salt, garlic-water and ginger, and cook for several minutes.

3. Add half of the tomatoes, and let them simmer until mushy.

4. Add remaining tomatoes, green chilis and cilantros, and heat through.

5. Sprinkle with more cilantro on top and serve with flatbread.

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Nancy and Luke Cutherell

Nancy and Luke Cutherell have worked in Pakistan at TEAM's Bach Christian Hospital since 1988. Nancy is a nurse and does ultrasounds. Luke is a general surgeon and director of the hospital. They have four sons who studied through high school in Pakistan and returned to the U.S. for college.

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  • An outstanding and very special couple in a much needed and great ministry.
    Luke and my son grew up as pals, both became doctors but Luke took “the road less traveled and became a missionary. Jim did very well here in the US., doctor of internal medicine, now involved in research.

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