Special East Indian Chicken Tope Recipe

East Indian Tope, a marriage of our Portuguese cultural inheritance with our Indian roots. It’s the perfect all in one meal at any time. In continuing with the East Indian Series, Sarah from TheWingedFork talks about cooking this yummy recipe.

It was my turn to help mom in the kitchen yesterday, and we were making Chicken Tope again after a long time. yeah, we like Mutton Tope too, but this time it was chicken. 😉 From the hall sis kept taking breaks from her work to scream, ‘Take pictures, take pictures!’. We had already started chopping the onions and the chillies, so no pictures of that. Anyway I managed to take a few pics in the middle of mess.

How to make the East Indian Chicken Tope

We had already cut a whole chicken into pieces. So we sliced about half a kilogram of onions, along with 8 green chillies (we’re spicy like that, ha!) and ginger.

Ginger-garlic-ghee-for-the-East-Indian-tope--Sarah -TheWingedFork
Frying the masala, aka onions, garlic, ginger, and chillies
Frying the masala, aka onions, ginger, and chillies

Mom then set me to heating 3 large spoons of ghee (the traditional Indian version of clarified butter) in the toap (vessel). We then added in the chopped onions, ginger and chillies, and fried it for about 7 minutes.

See the steam and smell the garlic
See the steam and smell the garlic coming out of the toap?

We then added in the chicken pieces and about two and a half spoons of the East Indian bottle masala, and left it to cook on a low flame.

Chicken-tope-gravy- Sarah--TheWingedFork
Chicken tope cooking on a low flame

While we’re doing that sis takes another break from her work to scream, ‘Pictures! Pictures!’ We scream back, ‘You come and take pics if you want!’ But she’s got deadlines and isn’t leaving the computer. So we feel sorry for her and take some pics. She’s lucky she has us, isn’t she?

Chicken-Gravy-mint-coriander- Sarah--TheWingedFork
Adding in the more ingredients, especially the mint

After a bit, we add in the cardamom and cinnamon powder, chopped coriander and mint leaves, and about 12 flakes of smashed garlic. Mom then sets me to squeezing the juice of 2 whole sourlimes in it and turn off the fire in a few minutes.

Add-in-the-poha- Sarah--TheWingedFork
After taking it off the flame, add in the poha

Once we’ve taken the chicken off the flame, we add in the poha and leave it be. After some time we see that the poha, which is a form of beaten rice has absorbed all of the gravy from the toap and grown to double its size.

East-Indian-Special-Tope-ready-- Sarah -TheWingedFork
Chicken Tope ready to eat

We just stirred it once more and then garnished with some roughly chopped coriander before digging in. That’s it, quite simple and easy. Our delicious East Indian Special Chicken Tope was ready to relish!

Special East Indian Chicken Tope

Recipe Notes by Sarah of TheWingedFork.com, for the Traditional East Indian Chicken Tope recipe handed down by my grandmother. While cooking for a friend I also confirmed that this recipe is gluten free.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: East Indian, Indian
Author: Sarah


  • 1 Chicken Cut into pieces
  • 500 g Onions Sliced
  • 2 tbsp East Indian Bottle Masala If you can't find it in your country, use a mix of Garam Masala and chilli powder. It will get you halfway there taste wise.
  • 8 Green Chillies
  • 2 in Ginger
  • 12 flakes Garlic Crushed for flavor
  • 3 tbsp Ghee (Indian clarified butter)
  • 8 pods Cardamom Crushed
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Roughly chopped
  • 2 Sourlimes Juiced
  • 250 g Poha (beaten rice)


  • We never use fixed amounts of ingredients. So feel free to add or remove as per your taste.
  • If you cannot find bottle masala in nearby stores, use a 2:1 mix of garam masala and chilli powder.
  • Gluten free as long as your ingredients are properly sourced. 

Well that’s it for my gluten free East Indian chicken tope recipe. I hope to see some of your recipes next week!

East-Indian-Chicken-Tope - TheWingedFork

Updated to add info about beaten rice or poha for those who haven’t tasted it before.
Beaten rice or poha is rice that has been parboiled, then flattened by rolling and finally dried to produce flakes. The flakes can vary in texture and thickness, with different types being used in both sweet and savory Indian snacks and dishes. The most popular Indian snack is the namesake, the Maharastrian poha.

Beaten rice is an easy on-the-go snack. Just add the poha with any spices and leave it to soak in a pot of boiling water, and it’s done in 10 minutes. But of course, spend 10 or 20 more minutes with it and you can create a whole array of dishes, from chiwda to vadas, from pudding to pakodas.

Beaten rice is a fat-free gluten free food that’s easy on the heart and the stomach. You can find it in the Asian section of Walmart’s and Amazon in raw or pre-cooked form. Maybe I’ll come back with another recipe for poha sometime soon. 😉

Post Author: Sarah

Sarah has worked in travel for 11 years and specializes in Africa. She caters to clients looking to travel to niche destinations across the globe, whether it’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, rafting on the Zambezi River, viewing seals and penguins in Antarctica or walking Safaris in Africa.... She loves music, wine, food and travel. Her love for nature and wildlife makes her work even more enjoyable and satisfying. Armed with her Canon, she likes to take photographs and write stories that inspire you to pack your bags and take off around the globe.

10 thoughts on “Special East Indian Chicken Tope Recipe


    (12th May 2018 - 1:04 PM)

    I have never heard of a beaten rice before! Spicy is my kind of food also. Can’t wait to try this!


      (15th May 2018 - 9:52 AM)

      Thanks Shelby. Poha or beaten rice is a popular snack in South Asian countries like India, Nepal and others. Have fun trying!


    (12th May 2018 - 2:08 PM)

    We love trying new cuisines. This will have to be on the menu very soon. It sounds so flavorful.


      (15th May 2018 - 9:52 AM)

      Thanks Ellen. It is the perfect all in one dish. 😉


    (12th May 2018 - 2:35 PM)

    I have never heard of this dish before but I like the sound of it. I am curious to know what exactly beaten rice is.


      (15th May 2018 - 9:58 AM)

      Thanks Julia. Beaten rice or poha is a South Asian cooking ingredient. It is rice that has been parboiled, then flattened by rolling and finally dried to produce flakes. It’s similar to dried cereals, but at the same time very different. You’ll find it in the Asian food section of the store.


    (12th May 2018 - 6:11 PM)

    Love the spices in this recipes. It sounds delicious and beaten rice is very interesting!


      (15th May 2018 - 9:58 AM)

      Thanks Ginny. 🙂


    (12th May 2018 - 10:19 PM)

    My hubby is just going to love this.
    I have never heard of beaten rice before, so will look out for that.


      (15th May 2018 - 10:01 AM)

      Thanks Claire. Beaten rice or is a form of rice flakes that finds use in Indian cooking. Updating the recipe to add in a description. 🙂 You’ll find it in the Asian food section of any stores.

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