This is an excellent quick and easy chicken curry. It has a thin sauce and is full of flavour.
A good chicken curry is both satisfying and comforting, and this recipe is perfect to feed the whole family.
Although it requires calls a few spices, they combine beautifully to give a wonderful depth of flavour. Try it and I’m sure it’ll soon be a family favourite.
On the bone vs boneless
I prefer using chicken on the bone as it remains succulent and develops a fantastic flavour. Cubed chicken breasts on the other hand, could become dry and tend not to absorb as much flavour. Remove the skin and cut each small chicken into 8 pieces.
How to make it
- Fry the onions in oil till golden. You can add the salt at this stage to speed up this step,
- Add the ginger and garlic, then the tomatoes and lightly fry for around 5 minutes, till it is like a paste.
- Mix in the chilli paste/flakes, turmeric, salt (if not added earlier), and green chillies.
- Add the chicken pieces and stir till they are coated in the sauce. Cover and allow to simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the spices by grinding together the spices to a coarse powder. Mix this in with the chicken and stir till evenly coated.
- Add water and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes till chicken is cooked through.
- Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.
Freshly grind the spices just before you use them. Do this and you will see why – the aroma is absolutely amazing and far better than packets of ready ground spice.
It is important to always cook the spices for at least 5 minutes, till they are aromatic, as raw spices will not add much flavour to the dish. Add a little water so the powders don’t stick to the pan and burn.
Adjust the amount of chillies to make it as hot or mild as you like.
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Punjabi Chicken Curry
- 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
- 3 small chickens skin removed, and each cut into 8 pieces
- 4 medium onions thinly sliced
- 2 inches ginger julienned
- 2 cloves garlic pureed
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon red chilli paste or use red chilli flakes
- 2 inches turmeric root sliced finely, or ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon salt to taste
- 2 whole green chillies julienned
- ½ cup chopped fresh coriander
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 4 pieces black cardamom
- 10-20 whole black peppercorns
- 2 inches cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger powder
- Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan on medium heat and sauté the 4 medium onions till golden brown.
- Add the fresh 2 cloves garlic and 2 inches ginger and stir, then add the 1 tin chopped tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes till it is like a paste.
- Mix in the 1 teaspoon red chilli paste, 2 inches turmeric root , 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ginger powder and 2 whole green chillies and keep stirring to avoid sticking.
- Add 3 small chickens and stir till the pieces are coated in the sauce. Cover and allow to simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the spices.
- Grind together 2 tablespoons coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, 4 pieces black cardamom, 10-20 whole black peppercorns, 2 inches cinnamon to a coarse powder. Stir into the chicken and cook covered for another 5 minutes.
- Add the 2 cups warm water to the chicken, stir and simmer on low heat for a further 15-20 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Garnish with ½ cup chopped fresh coriander and serve with steamed basmati rice.
- Freshly grind the spices just before you use them. Do this and you will see why – the aroma is absolutely amazing and far better than packets of ready ground spice.
- It is important to always cook the spices for at least 5 minutes, till they are aromatic, as raw spices will not add much flavour to the dish. Add a little water so the powders don’t stick to the pan and burn.
- Adjust the amount of chillies, to make it as hot or mild as you like.
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Nutritional information is calculated automatically and accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The information above is an estimate per serving.
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