Yogurt & almond chicken curry

Yogurt & almond chicken curry

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Our ultimate Friday night food - just add naans. Make a double batch of the fragrant curry paste and freeze for next time

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Paste only can be frozen
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
422
protein
42g
carbs
7g
fat
25g
saturates
7g
fibre
2g
sugar
4g
salt
0.47g

Ingredients

  • 2 green chillies, roughly chopped
  • 100g ground almonds
  • thumb-size piece ginger, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 200ml single cream
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 tsp garam masala
  • 12 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 100g full-fat natural yogurt
  • 20g pack coriander, chopped
  • naan bread or basmati rice, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Whizz the chillies, almonds, ginger, garlic, cream and 300ml water to a paste.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, deep ovenproof casserole and add the onion, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and 2 tsp garam masala. Fry, stirring for 1 min, then add the paste. Bring to a simmer and season with salt. Add the chicken, turning each thigh to coat it, then bring back to a simmer. Blob the yogurt over the top.
  3. Bake in the oven for 40 mins or until the chicken is cooked through (spoon any excess fat from the surface). Sprinkle with the remaining garam masala and the coriander. Serve with naan or rice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2010

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carla-j's picture
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Gorgeous, very flavoursome and surprisingly easy. I've never made a curry from scratch before so was a little daunted, but I needn't have been. I added chestnut mushrooms, which I feel went well with the sauce and chicken thighs.

Sa'adah's picture

My family loved it. Came out perfect.

Emharrison1094's picture

I'm 18 and have just cooked this meal for my family. It was so easy to follow and so so tasty! Everyone loved it!!

vollen's picture
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I am also baffled by the negative comments ? This is delicious ! I had already bought the stuff and made the "paste" before reading the reviews (I went to read them cos I also thought the "paste" must be wrong somehow.) I must admit I wouldn't have bothered making it if I'd read them first. So it was too late to reduce the water - but i think it was ok - maybe a bit less but the almonds thicken it up and I like quite a lot of sauce - it wasn't watery. I used 1 tsp of garam masala during cooking because its homemade and pretty strong. I added a little turmeric ,beause of the comments about the colour, i cooked the onions far longer on a low heat before adding the "paste" so that they were really nice and soft and golden. I also took your advice and left the yogurt till last with another tsp of garam masala- but I think its yummy !

aelynn's picture
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This recipe is very tasty IF:
1- You use only 30ml of water to make the paste, as suggested in previous comments.
2- You use 4 TBSP of garam massala instead of 4 TSP.

I actually used normal chicken thighs. It makes it a bit fiddly to eat, but it was worth it. I also used fromage frais instead of single cream and blended the onion with the spicy paste as I prefer a smoother, thicker sauce.
For a bit of colour and texture, try adding frozen peas and sliced almonds to the cooked curry along with the coriander/extra garam massala at the end, it really makes a difference!

mossky's picture
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Not the tastiest of curries - I found it a little bland, but it was pleasant.
+ I only used 50ml of water to make the paste... 300 would have been far too much!

pinpin79's picture
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Flavours were fine for us but it's really really watery and nowhere near as 'dry' looking as the image above. I also think the 300ml water has to be a mistake - should it be 30ml? That would make more sense.

Agreed that the yogurt curdles too, maybe stirring it in right at the end would stop that but it doesn't make for a very appetising meal when you have bits of curdled yogurt mixed into a water, sloppy sauce! Also, our sauce ended up coming out white which also added to the icky look of it!

I'd possibly try it again as I like the taste but add the yogurt just at the end of the cooking and dramatically reduce the amount of water used.

gourmetone's picture
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This the worst recipe I have made from Good Food! One star is generous. I got really confused with the instructions for making the paste. How can adding 300mls water plus the cream etc make a paste? Also the water was not mentioned in the recipe ingredients list -so was it a mistake? I followed the recipe to the letter but found the yogurt curdled and there was far too much sauce. It tasted very dull and unintersting. A waste of ingredients I'm afraid.

seanspotatobusinesss's picture

Re: the yoghurt "breaking" (separating), I think the temperature and temperature change was too high. The same thing can happen with cheese. In any recipe like this allow the yoghurt to reach room temperature before adding and also take the pan off the heat while stirring in the yoghurt.

joannepd's picture
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Bland and overwhelmingly creamy for my taste.

bethocallaghan's picture
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Really uninteresting despite the spiceyness.

abbylovescakes's picture
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I can't believe this has got such negative reviews! I've had this twice in the space of a week! We added an extra chilli as it looked like it was going to be a bit too bland and that gave it a nice kick and didn't bother with the ginger as my other half isn't a fan. I was expecting it to be sweet due to the almonds but it wasn't at all. A really lovely, and very easy, curry to make, chicken comes out really tender and tasty. A big thumbs up from this household! Also, the second time we had it we served it with chapatis - much nicer than with naan!

jcrawley's picture
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Too creamy and bland. Chicken thighs, cream and yoghurt were too rich a combination. Wouldn't make again!

mariabernadette's picture
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Tasted stodgy and dull - even after we added extra chilli and ginger to zap it up. First really duff recipe I've had from Good Food. Buts its great to have the comments back!

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