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This is a chicken curry recipe that I have adapted so many times that I forget where I got it from. It's not intended to be “typical”; the real purpose is for something that my wife Yvonne will eat, which means that it should be very mild. For me to be able to eat it, it should also be spicy.

There's a difference between “spicy” with “peppery”. This dish is spicy, but it's not peppery

Ingredients

quantity       ingredient       step
50 g       coriander seed       1
20 g       cumminseed       1
5 g       fennel seed       1
1 g       cloves       1
3 g (1 stick)       cinnamon       1
250 g       onion       2
35 g       garlic       2
35 g       ginger       2
80 g (about 2 sticks)       lemon grass       2
250 g       oil       2
20 g       powdered turmeric       4
2 kg       chicken thighs, deboned and cut into 3 - 4 pieces       5
50 g       oil for frying       5
800 g (1 large tin)       diced canned tomatoes       6
400 g       coconut cream or santan       6
35 g       salt       6
2 g       cardamom seeds       6
40       curry leaves       6
20 g       black mustard seed       6
400 ml       water       6
5 g       garam masala       7

Preparation

  1. Dry fry the whole spices in a frying pan minutes to dry them out (otherwise they will clog up the grinder). Grind in a spice grinder. If any are already powdered spices, add them now.

  2. Blend the onions, ginger, garlic, lemon grass and oil to a purée in a blender.

  3. Place the mixture in a dry frying pan and fry slowly until it starts to dry out (the oil will separate), about 10 minutes.

  4. Add the spices (step 1) and turmeric and fry until aromatic.

  5. This step is optional. You can also put the raw chicken directly into the sauce (next step). Add about a fifth to a quarter of the chicken and fry until superficially cooked. Move contents of pan to a stew pot. Fry the remaining chicken in the remaining oil in three or four batches, moving to the pot when superficially cooked. At the end, discard any remaining oil.

  6. Add the tomatoes and coconut cream to the stew pot and mix. Add curry leaves, cardamoms, mustard seed and salt. Dilute with water as necessary: the meat should be just covered. Bring to the boil and cook until cooked, about 45 minutes. The curry will keep well at this point and can be served hours later.

  7. Add the garam masala, mix and serve.

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