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Simple Chicken Curry ⎪ How to make simple chicken curry

Indian ‘Curry’ is famous all over the world, but many foreigners have a misconception about this dish. I have often read labels at supermarkets abroad referring to turmeric as curry powder. I have even had ‘curry sandwiches’ that were nothing but a combination of some yellow sauce and chicken. Phew! Even Indian restaurants abroad sell something that is not even close to how an actual curry would taste like. Indian chicken curry has many variations thanks to the 29 states in India. We have a variety of flavours that suits everyones taste buds. Today I’m going to share with you the recipe that my mother has taught me. It has been one of my comfort foods and I’m sure you too will love its taste. So go ahead and try and let me know how was your experience!

Simple chicken curry


For the Masala

whole spices

  1. 4-5 peppercorns
  2. 4-5 cloves
  3. 3-4 cardamoms
  4. 1 inch cinnamon stick
  5. 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
  6. 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  7. 1 tsp methi seeds/ fenugreek seeds
  8. 1-2 crushed bay leaves
  9. 2 medium sized sliced onions
  10. 1 large roughly chopped tomatoes
  11. 2 tsps ginger garlic paste

Seasoning the Curry

  1. 400 g chicken
  2. 1 tsp turmeric powder
  3. 1 tsp red chilli powder
  4. 2 tsp coriander powder
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 3-4 tbsps of olive oil
Prep time : 20minsCooking time: 20minsServes: 4

Procedure to make simple chicken curry

Time needed: 40 minutes.

  1. Making the Masala for the curry

    Dry roast all the whole spices until aromatic or smoky and keep aside

  2. Heat some oil in frying pan and fry onions until translucent

  3. Now add the whole spices and ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes away

  4. Next you add in the chopped tomatoes, red chilli powder and coriander powder

  5. Mix well and cook until the masala is soft and mushy

  6. Once the masala is well cooked, turn off the flame and allow it cool down before grinding it to a smooth paste with 1/2 a glass of water

  7. Making the Curry

    Now heat the remaining oil in a wok and fry the ground masala paste. Also add turmeric and salt to the masala at this stage

  8. Fry the masala for about 2-3 mins before adding the chicken

  9. Now add about half a glass of water to the masala and simmer until you see oil leaving the sides.

  10. You can garnish with few sprigs of mint or freshly chopped coriander. Your Indian chicken curry is now ready to be served with roti, naan, chapati or steamed rice!