CHICKEN KORMA CURRY
August 2, 2018
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This mildly spiced chicken korma curry is rich and satisfying. With no cream and a few extra veggies thrown in, it’s a little healthier than usual but still really delicious!

This mildly spiced chicken korma curry is rich and satisfying. With no cream and a few extra veggies thrown in, it’s a little healthier than usual but still really delicious!

I only tried chicken korma for the first time recently and was pleasantly surprised – I usually don’t stray far from chicken tikka masala when it comes to Indian curries (must start being more adventurous!).

It’s easy to skip the veggies when you’re making curry, so I’ve tried to sneak a few in – replacing some of the rice with cauliflower, adding silverbeet to the curry and serving with green beans.

We did a taste test of this version against a takeaway chicken korma curry and thought they were pretty close. Royce even said it was the best Indian curry I’d ever made… I was feeling pretty chuffed about that until he added “the other ones have been terrible”!

 

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This mildly spiced chicken korma curry is rich and satisfying. With no cream and a few extra veggies thrown in, it’s a little healthier than usual but still really delicious!

CHICKEN KORMA CURRY

Difficulty: Easy
Ready In: 35 minutes
Serves: 4

This mildly spiced chicken korma curry is rich and satisfying. With no cream and a few extra veggies thrown in, it’s a little healthier than usual but still really delicious!

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Ingredients

CURRY

  • 600 g boneless, skinless chicken thighs (1lb 5oz)
  • 1 brown onion
  • 250 g silverbeet (8.8oz)
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted cashew nuts + extra to serve (optional) (70g)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 50 g Indian korma curry spice paste (1.8oz)
  • 300 ml lite coconut milk (just under 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 Tbsp cornflour dissolved in 1/2 Tbsp water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp plain, unsweetened yoghurt

RICE

  • Half a cauliflower (500g / 1lb 2oz)
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 250 g microwave pouch brown basmati rice (8.8oz)
  • Handful fresh coriander (optional)

TO SERVE

  • 4 pappadums
  • cooking oil spray
  • 250 g green beans (8.8oz)

Instructions

  1. MAKE CURRY

    Dice chicken into 2-3cm pieces. Finely dice onion and slice silverbeet. Use a food processor to very finely chop cashews, until they almost form a powder. Don’t wash food processor just yet - you will need it again!

  2. Heat oil in a large pot or frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add onion and spice paste and stir fry for a couple of minutes. Add chicken, then stir fry for a further 5 minutes. 

  3. Stir in coconut milk, cornflour mixture, sugar, ground cashews and silverbeet. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened. 

  4. PREPARE RICE

    While curry is simmering, chop cauliflower into florets. Process in food processor until cauliflower pieces are about the same size as rice or couscous. Place in a microwave-safe dish and cook, uncovered, for 4 minutes. Add butter and stir into cauliflower with a fork to melt. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Microwave rice according to instructions on packet. Mix together with the cauliflower. Roughly chop half the coriander and stir in. Cover to keep warm.

  5. SERVE

    Spray each pappadum with a light coating of oil and microwave for 20 seconds, then turn over and microwave for a further 20 seconds, until puffed up. 

  6. Microwave beans for 2 minutes, until tender.

  7. Remove curry from heat and stir in yoghurt. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Serve curry on top of rice mixture with beans on the side and a sprinkle of chopped cashews and fresh coriander.

Recipe Notes

WINE MATCH: Try a Gewurtztraminer.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Make sure curry paste is gluten-free - the brand I used (see below) was. Ensure your cornflour does not contain wheat, and that pappadums are gluten-free. If you can’t find gluten-free pappadums you can leave them out; gluten-free pita bread (toasted and spread with a little garlic butter!) would be a good option instead.
INGREDIENT TIP: I used Asian Home Gourmet Indian Korma Curry Spice Paste. I liked that it only contained oil, herbs and spices and was the perfect size for one meal (rather than a large jar that would hang around in the fridge for ages!). Make sure you choose spice paste, not korma curry sauce. Korma is traditionally a mild curry, but if you prefer a bit of heat you could add a little chilli powder when you add the spice paste.
EQUIPMENT TIP: If you don’t have a food processor, try a stick blender or smoothie maker instead. Otherwise use a knife to finely chop cauliflower and cashews (much more time consuming though!).
INGREDIENT SWAPS: This meal would also work nicely with lamb. You could leave out the cauliflower and just use plain rice instead. If you don’t like coriander, you can omit this (try a little fresh parsley as an alternative).
STORING AND REHEATING: Keep individual portions in the fridge and reheat in the microwave as required.

 

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