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Chicken Pathia

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Serves 4

Hot, sweet and sour curry originating from Persia.

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  • For the sauce:
  • 1 large onion; (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic; (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger; (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 400-g can plum tomatoes
  • 250 ml water
  • For the Pathia:
  • 1 large onion; (chopped)
  • 1 green pepper; (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic; (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger; (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 handful coriander; chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Red food colouring; (just a dash)
  • 4 chicken breasts; (cubed)
  • 250 ml chicken stock


    1. Begin making the sauce by frying the minced garlic, minced ginger, coriander powder, paprika and turmeric for about a minute to release the flavours.
    2. Add the onions and fry for a further 10 minutes.
    3. Add the tomatoes and water and simmer for approximately 1 hour until the mixture is thick and most of the water has evaporated. Blend the mixture until it becomes thick and velvety.
    4. Begin to make the curry by frying the onion, green pepper, minced garlic, minced ginger, cumin powder and coriander powder for around 10 minutes.
    5. Add the sauce you prepared earlier, along with the chicken stock, cinnamon powder, cayenne pepper, white wine vinegar, sugar, red food colouring and salt to taste. Give everything a good mix and add the chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes and add the chopped coriander.
    6. Simmer for another 20 minutes until the curry has reduced and serve with rice.

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sarahsjmmoore's picture

I didn't double up on the garlic, ginger or coriander that appears in the second part of the recipe because I'd tasted the sauce at that point and thought it tasted good so didn't want the extra. I also just forgot about the cinnamon but I didn't miss it. I did add the vinegar and the sugar and stock. It was delicious - quite hot, maybe there was a touch too much cayenne but it was really delicious - I'll definitely be making it again.

Different2strokes's picture
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This is the first time I've made a Pathia and it was amazing. Thank you for the recipe!

meggermouth's picture

Just made a Chicken Pathia as I could not sleep. Just finished it. It tastes great. And I know as it is my favourite Indian Dish. Looking forward to having it for dinner tomorrow. I made double the recipe of four servings. Lots to freeze.

Diwallace's picture

Made this tonight with king prawns. It was delicious. It is my second attempt at a pathia and I used a completely different recipe last time which was good but this is better. I agree it's a bit long winded to make but it does all come together really well and the second time you make it it will be quicker as it makes more sense! Really lovely flavour and agreed by my husband who always orders pathia from take away!

Kelmo200's picture
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Ive made this recipe twice now and its the best curry I've ever made, just the right balance of sweet and sour. I also added fresh chillies to mine to make it more spicy! Love this recipe!

thisdaymambo's picture

Made this this evening and as somebody else mentioned... a little different from the Pathia's in takeaways, but still very, very tasty.

Next time I'll use 1/2 of the stated cayenne pepper though to keep it about on the same heat level as a madras. Also 1/2 the cinnamon which kinda took the forefront a little too much. I also squeezed in 1/4 of a lemon and put another slice in when I added the stock, etc.

Will definitely have it again!

mpjackson's picture

I followed this recipe as I wanted to try and replicate my favourite curry from my local takeaway.. I would say this tasted even better... The dish, although a little long-winded and time-consuming to pull together, is quite simple to make, will definitely be making again, as my wife told me I had to :-)

hawkedam's picture

Tasted alright but nothing like other pathia's I have bought out or made before.

slamdunkin's picture

A great recipe that went down well with everyone even though they only tasted a sample of my last batch. Now I've been asked to make it again. Great, tasty food!

thomasgirl56's picture

Like the previous person this was my first attempt at making a home made curry.
The flavor's are delicious and will be making this for my family .
If I can make this anyone can ...

blackmanamy's picture
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This is the first home made curry i have attempted, I would recommend it to anyone. It was easy to follow and the end result was delicious! You can taste the sweet and spice which compliments each other perfectly! 5/5