Thursday, 31 January 2013

Chicken curry

I know it terrible, but I have never made a chicken curry from scratch! So I really wanted to give it a go to see how it turns out..

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 4-5 people
  • Prep time and cooking time together: roughly 1 hour + 30 mins
What you will need:

3 tbsp sunflower oil
2 lb chicken (I used two boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes)
1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
1 thumb-size fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced (I used 1 tsp ginger powder)
400ml can chopped tomatoes
1 + 1/2 tsp salt
pinch of turmeric powder
1 + 1/2 tsp red chilli powder 
1/2 cup then 1+ 1/2 cup hot water
2 cardamom pods
coriander chopped for garnish

How to make:

1) In a large pot (preferably NOT a non-stick one), add the oil and heat up for a few mins

2) Add the onions and cook until they start to turn golden in colour, whereby you then add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook (the onions may start to darken, but this is what you want to get that dark colour of the curry - altogether should take 15 mins)

3) Add the chopped tomatoes, salt, turmeric, chilli powder and turn up the heat to medium-high, leaving for around 15-20 mins for the sauce to reduce

4) Switch off the heat allowing the sauce to slightly cool before transferring the sauce to a blender to make a smooth paste, transferring it back to the pot when done

5) Add the chicken pieces and 1/2 cup of water, then turn the heat to medium-high, for around 15-20 mins, stirring from time to time. You should see the oil separating from the sauce

6) Add the remainder of the water and cardamom pods, cover the pot, and leave on a low heat for 20 mins

7) Once cooked, serve with basmati rice or chapatis, and garnish with fresh coriander

Alhamdulilah, I enjoyed making this very much, and for a first attempt, I was over-joyed at how it turned out. It really isn't difficult and tastes splendid mashAllah! Enjoy :)

Update: I was advised to amend the recipe with the following:

- More onions (at least 3)
- More garlic (between 5-6)
- Coriander powder
- Cumin powder
- Bay leaf


  1. your 2013 blog is looking amazing, keep up the goood work mashallah!! Hope to see you on masterchef soon

    1. Loool you made me laugh! Thanks so much for the comments :)