For the marinade
- 4-5cm piece ginger, peeled
Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…
- 4 plump garlic cloves
- 3 tbsp natural yogurt
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
- ½ tsp each hot chilli powder, garam masala and paprika (use ¼ tsp of each if you prefer a milder flavour)
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp each cumin and coriander seeds
The small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…
- ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
A popular seed in Indian cookery, in which it's termed methi, this small, hard, mustard…
- 600g skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 4cm chunks
For the sauce
- 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…
- 2 onions, halved lengthways, sliced into rough, thin wedges
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- ½ tsp each paprika, turmeric and garam masala
Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…
- ¼ tsp hot chilli powder (leave this out if you'd prefer a milder flavour)
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 2 tbsp natural yogurt
For the rice
- 250g basmati rice
- 200g frozen peas
A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…
For the marinade, finely grate the ginger and garlic (you should have 1 rounded tbsp of each), then mix them together. Put half of this mix into a medium bowl, then stir in the yogurt, lime juice, chopped coriander, chilli, garam masala, paprika and turmeric. Heat a small heavy-based dry pan, tip in the cumin, coriander and fenugreek seeds, then heat briefly until toasted and smelling fragrant (they will start to jump in the pan). Remove and grind to a powder using a pestle and mortar. Stir half into the yogurt mix (save the rest for the sauce). Stir the chicken chunks into the spiced yogurt until well coated. Cover and leave to marinate for at least 30 mins, or overnight if you like.
Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onions, then fry over a medium heat for about 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened and turning brown. Stir in the remaining ginger and garlic, and stir-fry for 2 mins. Mix in the paprika, turmeric, garam masala, chilli and the rest of the toasted cumin, coriander and fenugreek. Cook for 1 min, stirring to scrape up the bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the tomato purée, then 150ml water. Cook for 1 min. Carefully transfer to a food processor or blender. Process to a thick, fairly smooth sauce. Return to the pan, pour in another 150ml water, then set aside. Can be made a day ahead. Soak the rice in cold water for up to 30 mins.
Heat the grill to high. Thread the chicken onto 8 wooden skewers (soaked first), then balance them across a baking tray lined with foil, so they are slightly raised over it. Grill for 12-15 mins until cooked and slightly charred around the edges. Meanwhile, drain the rice, then tip into a pan with 375ml water. Bring to a boil, then cook over a low heat, covered, for 8 mins. Remove from the heat but leave covered for 5 mins. Cook the peas in boiling water for 3 mins, drain. Fluff up the rice with a fork, then toss in the peas.
When ready to serve, reheat the sauce, stirring in any juices from the chicken and a drop more water to thin if necessary (it should be quite thick). Remove from the heat, stir in the yogurt, then season with a pinch of salt. Serve the chicken skewers with the rice, a scattering of coriander and lime wedges.