Korma is often regarded as curry for wimps, but a good chicken korma is rich, creamy, full of spices and flavour, and this is a very good chicken korma. Be warned this is NOT a “light” recipe it is bursting with flavour just begging to be soaked up by a piece of naan bread.
Ingredients: Serves 6
[For the Chicken Marinade]
1.5kg boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp mild yellow curry powder
2 tbsp garam masala
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
[For the Sauce]
2 white onions, peeled
6 cloves garlic, peeled
3 large tomatoes, diced small
2 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger root
120ml ground almonds (food processor works great)
250ml coconut milk
325 ml plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 small red chili, de-seeded and minced
2 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
4 tsp. mild yellow curry powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. ground coriander seed
2 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
I/2 teaspoon of fenugreek powder
a pinch of asafoetida
Drizzle the chicken with the oil and sprinkle on the spices, salt and pepper. Massage into the meat and cover, leaving to marinate for at least a couple of hours or overnight.
Grill the chicken until fully cooked but not dried out. Set aside.
For the sauce begin by pureeing together: 2 white onions , 6 cloves garlic, 1 cup water.
In a large saucepan heat 3 tbsp olive oil (or ghee if you prefer).
Add the pureed onion mixture and cook over medium heat for a few minutes stirring constantly. Add: tomatoes, ginger, ground almonds, coconut milk, yogurt, red chili, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, curry powder, nutmeg, salt, pepper, ground coriander, garam masala, cloves, cumin, fenugreek , asafoetida and brown sugar.
Simmer slowly for about 30-40 minutes then add the chicken and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Serve with rice and/or naan.
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