Lahori Chargha

Lahori Chargha is a delicious and flavorful Pakistani chicken dish that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It is made by marinating a whole chicken in a blend of spices and then deep frying or baking it until golden brown. Here’s a recipe for Lahori Chargha:


  • 1 whole chicken, skin on, washed and pat dried
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ginger paste, garlic paste, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt, yogurt, and lemon juice.
  2. Mix well to form a smooth paste.
  3. Slit the chicken at several places with a sharp knife to allow the marinade to penetrate.
  4. Apply the marinade to the chicken, making sure to coat it well.
  5. Cover the chicken with a cling wrap or foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  7. Grease a baking tray with oil and place the marinated chicken on it.
  8. Bake the chicken for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through, turning the pieces over once halfway through the cooking time.
  9. Alternatively, heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat.
  10. Once the oil is hot, carefully lower the chicken into the oil and fry until golden brown and crispy.
  11. Drain the chicken on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  12. Serve hot with mint chutney and naan bread.

Enjoy your delicious Lahori Chargha!

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