Thursday, March 21, 2013

Indian Masala Chicken Curry


A full flavoured masala is the key to a well seasoned-delicious chicken curry. Relatively, full flavoured is about adding extra spices and a natural thickening agent. Either kas-kas (poppy seeds) or almond, also to infuse the creamy taste. Of course we can't forget about curry leaves, can we??, Usually added while curry is simmering or towards the end. The masala for this curry is slightly different as the curry leaves were blended with coriander seeds, cumin seeds, red chilli powder and almond. Therefore fried over low heat, while stirring so that masala doesn't burn. Then add the rest of the ingredient for this thick spicy curry with tender-moist chicken and potato. 

Ingredients
For the curry paste
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp plain chilli powder (or as needed)
50g almonds without skin
4 sprigs curry leaves
** blend/ground all together for a thick paste

Others
1/2 chicken (about 450g) - cut into bite sizes
3 potatoes - cut into medium size pieces
1 large red onion - cut into rings
2 medium size tomatoes - sliced
Spices - 2 sticks cinnamon, 2 star anise,3 cardamom and 3 cloves. 
1/4 cup oil
Salt for taste
Method
When oil is heated, fry spices for 1 min.
Add curry paste and continue to fry over low heat till aromatic and oil splits.  
Add chicken, potatoes, tomatoes and salt. 
Pour enough water, stir and simmer to cook chicken and potatoes.
Remove from heat. 
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22 comments:

  1. So delicious chicken curry Nava!!
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  2. Wow....chicken curry looks so yummy & tempting... :-)

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  3. this is one tempting chicken curry. Love to take a bite of it.

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  4. I love curry! Indian, Chinese, Malay.. give me any type anytime!

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  5. esp with a plate of plain rice!!

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  6. nicely presented,chicken gravy anytype anytime love it.

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  7. This is one of my fave Indian dish! A must order when we have banana leaf rice:D

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  8. Loved the way u explained it... I can literally smell the spices and masala blended with the chicken now :)

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  9. Curry looks great ..you have a nice collection of recipes..
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  10. am drooling at this, I have a friend who makes great curry

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  11. Thank you for the great recipe and the chance to learn more about curries.

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  12. Nava, I sure love this chicken curry thickened with almonds. I like to fry the curry leaves in the beginning, that brings out their aroma more.

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  13. wow a very nice masala chicken...
    taste will be very good when you cook in a claypot..

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  14. So beautiful NK, the sort of curry I grew up on and probably the first one I cooked in my granny's kitchen! Love your photography!

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  15. looks spicy & delicious...mouthwatering!

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  16. Rich & inviting curry...............love to try.
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