Spicy Chicken Korma

Spicy Chicken Korma

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Shall we start the new year with a spicy curry? I was actually confused whether to post something sweet or something spicy. Since the last two posts were in the sweets/dessert category I’m going with the spicy one. I hope you’ll also like it.

Btw, are you still in the spirit of new year? I’m sort of… I’m still going around wishing people happy new year :) That reminds me… did I wish you? Anyways, here it is….

Wish you & your loved ones a wonderful & blessed 2012!

About the recipe… I got it from my aunt’s recipe book. Honestly, I dont know whether this is authentic/traditional Chicken Korma recipe. For all I know, it tasted yum! And that is my biggest criteria! In my perception Korma is something which has a thick gravy. In that way, this curry fitted the bill perfectly and the taste was great too. So here goes the recipe…

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Spicy Chicken Korma
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Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • Chicken - ½ kg (cut into med size pieces)
  • Cardamom - 3
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cinnamon - a small piece
  • Fennel seeds (perumjeerakam) - ¼ tsp
  • Onion - 3 med-big, finely sliced
  • Ginger & garlic - 1 tbsp each, crushed/grated
  • Chilli powder - 2- 2½ tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • Pepper powder - ½ - 1 tsp
  • Fennel powder - ½ tsp
  • Tomato - 1 big, sliced
  • Cashew nuts - 6
  • Poppy seeds (kashakasha) - 1 tsp (refer notes)
  • Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
  • Water - 1½ - 2 cups
  • Medium thick coconut milk - ½ cup (optional, refer notes)
  • Coriander leaves - a handful
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil
Instructions
  1. Soak the cashews & poppy seeds in 2 tbsp hot water.
  2. Heat oil & add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon & fennel seeds. Add finely sliced onion & cook till it becomes brown colour. Add crushed ginger & garlic. Cook for a few minutes. Add chilli, coriander, turmeric, fennel & pepper powder. Mix well & cook till the raw smell goes, around 2-3 mins. Add sliced tomatoes & give a stir. Add chicken pieces, salt & curry leaves. Mix well. Make sure the chicken pieces are coated with the masala. Add water & cover & cook.
  3. Grind the soaked cashews & poppy seeds & coconut with enough water to get a smooth paste. Add this paste to the curry when the chicken is almost done. Mix well. Cook for 3-4 mins. Add coconut milk (if using) & combine well. Cook for 2 more mins. Add chopped coriander leaves & remove from fire.
  4. Serve with pulao, rice, roti, appam etc;
Notes
If you dont have poppy seeds, increase the qty of cashews a bit and continue the same process. The gravy tends to thicken as the curry rests. Because of the coconut cashew paste, the curry has a thick consistency. If you prefer more gravy, add coconut milk. However it also depends on the type of chicken. Some chicken tends to have more fat, in that case its better not to add coconut milk.

 

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  • Rinkuskitchentreats

    Happy New Year Maria! Love this thick korma curry. Masalas are too good. I make a similar version at home without coconut milk. I add water instead. :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Rinku dear :) Yeah you can add water also instead, that will be more healthy too ;)

  • Renju John

    Dear Maria,

    My name is Renju. Before month I am very lazy in cooking. But now I am trying different dishes of You. thank you dear

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Renju,

      I’m really happy to know that the recipes here help you with cooking :) Thanks for trying them.

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Thomas John

    Dear Maria,

    Thank you. Bcoz before one month i am so lazy in cooking. But now i likes alot..thanks dear

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Thomas :)

  • Anonymous

    Hey Maria, A very happy new year to you too. The dish looks perfect. Would love it with some hot garlic naan. :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Ancy :)

  • susanna

    very tasty dish ,,May I add that poppy seeds may not be needed if coconut is used,,,,,,Thanks for all the wonderful dishes,,,,,,

  • http://www.mykitchentreasures.com/ Happy Cook / Finla

    Super super delicious,drooling here.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Finla :)

  • Aarthi V

    yummy…tasty one..Bookmarked

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

  • Anu Shoj

    drool over it! awesome chicken recipe!

  • Anonymous

    Nice
    site of Recipes, definitively would like to refer .

    giftwithlove.com

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you!

  • Manju Manish

    Hi Maria,
    I love your blog , seriously its just awesome. So many recipes, all my favorite. :-)
    I have Liked your facebook page.

    Do check out my space which I have started just recently. Will be checking out ur space more frequently from now.

    Regards,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com

  • sree

    Hi Maria, i liked the recipe and want to try it…but i didnt get poppy seeds from Abudhabi…and people are telling that we cant bring it from India also as it is the seed of opium poppy plant..don’t know what to do…:(

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sree,

      I’ve mentioned in the notes section of the recipe, that you can substitute poppy seeds with cashew. Please read the notes section.

      Hope you like the korma. Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth

    Maria kutts..On friday having a guest coming for lunch..do u think this will be good with pulao /rice? Or only with chapathi/ naan?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Gayathri dear, it goes well with rice/pulao also. Hope you like this. Happy cooking & entertaining!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.rosesandgifts.com/ Rosesandgiftss

    Yummy……
    rosesandgifts.com

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you!

  • Ruby Faz

    i tryed it it is amazing ur great

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Ruby :)

  • Lakshmi Nair

    Tried out the recipe….hubby & i loved it absolutely….. yummylicious :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot for the feedback Lakshmi :)

  • Ksalam

    i tried this it was nice and tasty
    thank u

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome!

  • Sumagirish

    Thank u Maria. I prepared it thrice now. Its yummy.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Suma,

      You are welcome :) Really good to know that you’ve tried many times. Thanks a lot for the comment.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Rashmi

    hi maria..lovely recipes….tell me, where did you find poppy seeds in Bahrain?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Rashmi! I’ve emailed you, please check..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Babita

    Hi Maria ,

    Tried your spicy chicken korma.it was nice and yummy.i had tried a lot of recepies from your collection.always it has become a hit in my family and among friends….thank you so much …for such lovely recepies.
    Cheers
    Babita

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Babita,

      I’m really happy to know that you try recipes from here regularly and liked them too… Thanks a bunch dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    You are welcome Sree!

  • Treasa

    Hi Maria Thanks lot for the wonderful recipes..they are awesome :) Keep up the good work .I needed a suggestion regarding this recipe..Can I add gobi instead of chicken in this recipe??

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Treasa,

      Thanks a bunch dear :) I havent tried it with gobi, but I think you can… If you happen to try, please do let me know how it turns out. If it comes out great, I can also try :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • RADHA

    very nice, cooked 4-5 times

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Radha :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/arun.raveendran.39 Arun Raveendran

    Tried for the first time….I have to say it is awesome…Really tasty with Appams!! thanks a lot Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      you are welcome Arun! Great to know that you enjoyed this dish.

      Thanks for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Annet

    Maria…I feel like I know you so well now! : )) Maybe its your blog effect! :D I tried this and it came out so well…really yummmo with Appams!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      :) Thanks dear Annet!

      Take care,
      Maria

  • binu kuzhuveli

    Maria , your dishes very good , thanks for the good post .
    bestflavours cakes , ireland .

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Binu! Thanks for sharing your feedback here!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • sindhu

    fab food maria.. wonderful presentation .. every recip looks awesome …!!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Sindhu for your kind words :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Sindhu for your kind words :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • disqus_VY1lZwBL8L

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes with us.i have a question- If we do not like the coconut flavor, can we use anything else apart from coconut milk and grated coconut (such as plain milk or cream)?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome! I havent personally tried any substitute for coconut milk, but some of my readers have said that they use plain milk instead of coconut milk. So I think, you can try plain milk or cream :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome! I havent personally tried any substitute for coconut milk, but some of my readers have said that they use plain milk instead of coconut milk. So I think, you can try plain milk or cream :)

  • disqus_VY1lZwBL8L

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes with us.i have a question- If we do not like the coconut flavor, can we use anything else apart from coconut milk and grated coconut (such as plain milk or cream)?

  • Arpita Rath

    Hi I tried your malabar chicken recipe when one of my friends came for dinner…it was amazing….you had written it so well I could follow it without any video….I just adjusted the spice level at all stages (added less red chilli and less chilli powder), I did not find the link to malabar chicken so leaving the comment here!! Will try out few more recipes soon!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Arpita :) Good to know that this recipe worked out well for you.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Arpita :) Good to know that this recipe worked out well for you.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Arpita :) Good to know that this recipe worked out well for you.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Arpita Rath

    Hi I tried your malabar chicken recipe when one of my friends came for dinner…it was amazing….you had written it so well I could follow it without any video….I just adjusted the spice level at all stages (added less red chilli and less chilli powder), I did not find the link to malabar chicken so leaving the comment here!! Will try out few more recipes soon!

  • Shiny

    Thanks

  • Shiny

    Thanks

  • disqus_anOEuW4blo

    A friendly suggestion from a Swedish houseman (my wife “liberated” me from my office work, as sweden is very forward thinking about gender roles)

    If you write the ingredients in the same order as they appear in the recipe, this will probably help out a lot of your readers. :)

    Love and peace/

    Anders

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Anders for the suggestion :) I’ll try to write the recipe accordingly.

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://www.heatherwiech.com/ Heather

      Anders, I love the term houseman. Hooray for Swedish progressive thinking!

  • m george

    Hi Maria, I love all your recipes. Just a quick question. Isn’t it better to use cream for this recipe than coconut milk..
    Cashew nut, Cream and poppy seeds go together better than coconut I think, If you think otherwise i will try with coconut milk::
    Best regards
    Rachel George

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rachel,

      If you ask my opinion I choose coconut milk for this recipe :)

      But you can always customise the recipe to suit your requirements and taste preferences :)

      Cheers
      Maria

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