- 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- thumb-sized piece ginger, chopped
Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…
- 2 green chillies, chopped (leave seeds in if you like it hot)
- small bunch coriander, leaves picked, stalks roughly chopped
- 3 tbsp ghee, or vegetable oil
The Indian version of clarified butter (ie a butter that has had its milk solids removed, making…
- 2 onions, sliced
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 2 tsp each turmeric, garam masala and ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground fenugreek
- 4 chicken breasts, cut into 2½ cm cubes
- 4 cloves
The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…
- 12 cardamom pods, seeds removed
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 400g can tomato
A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…
- 150ml pot yogurt
Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…
- 50ml double cream
- chapatis and rice, to serve
Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…
Place the garlic, ginger, chillies and coriander stalks in the small bowl of a food processor with a good pinch of salt, and blend to a fine paste – or grind to a paste using a pestle and mortar.
Heat 2 tbsp of the ghee or oil in a large pan, add the onions and cook slowly for 15-20 mins until golden and caramelised. Tip in the garlic-ginger paste, turn up the heat and cook for a further 5 mins. Add the ground spices and cook for 2 mins more until fragrant. Scoop the spicy onion mixture out of the pan into a bowl.
Add the remaining ghee or oil to the pan and cook the chicken over a medium-high heat until browned all over. Tip into a bowl, cover and set aside.
Return the onion mixture to the pan along with the whole spices, tomatoes and a can full of water (400ml). Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer gently for 40 mins.
Return the chicken to the pan and cook, uncovered, for a further 10 mins until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the yogurt and cream, season well and scatter with coriander leaves. Serve with chapatis and rice.