Mango Chicken Tarkari

A unique combination of fruit and meat, Mango Chicken Tarkari is one of the non-vegetarian Nepali cuisines that bring together the blend of two totally different types of food products. The chicken curried with mango and spices is a unique recipe to Nepal that is unknown even to most of the Nepalese. Here is the recipe for Mango Chicken Tarkari:


1 lbs chicken breast cut into ½ inch slices

2 cups ripe diced mango

1 cup diced onion

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp minced ginger

1 tbsp cumin powder

½ tsp turmeric

1 tbsp chili paste

1 tbsp black peppercorn

4 tbsp clarified butter

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp chopped cilantro for garnish

Mango Chicken Curry


Take a non-stick sauce pan and heat two tablespoon of butter. Then fry a tablespoon of black pepper corn for about 30 seconds and then, add turmeric and onion. Fry them until they turn light brown and add garlic, ginger and cumin powder and stir well for a minute or two. Now, put the mango chunks into the onion mixture and mix it well. Stir it for about five minutes allowing the mango to sweat then add chili paste, salt and pepper and stir thoroughly so that the ingredients are mixed well. Then, let the mango mixture simmer for about ten minutes and get reduced to half. Now, remove it from heat and blend it into a puree.

Now, season chicken pieces with salt and pepper and then put two tablespoon of butter in a non-stick pan for heating. Add chicken mixture and fry it over a medium heat for about eight to ten minutes until it turns brown. Then, add the mango puree mixture to the browned chicken and mix thoroughly so the chicken pieces are coated with the puree. Now, lower the heat and let it cook for about ten to fifteen minutes until the chicken pieces are tender and the desired consistency is acquired. Then, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and garnish it with a tablespoon of chopped cilantro. Serve it hot with steamed rice or roti.