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Indian Takeaway Chicken Korma

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Skill level

More effort


Serves 4

This recipe is for a British Indian Restaurant standard Chicken Korma. It's rich, sweet, creamy and full of flavour! There are two parts to this recipe: first, the curry gravy base and second, the sauce that gives it that magic chicken korma taste. The curry base is very versatile and can be used as a base for many different takeaway quality curries. The curry base part of the recipe actually makes 3 x 225ml of curry base and can be stored in three separate containers and put in the fridge or freezer for another time or another curry!

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Curry base

  • 600g onions (about 6 large onions)
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 6 pieces of ginger (dice sized)
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree/ pasata
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1.5 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil

Chicken Korma sauce

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 450g chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut powder (desiccated coconut ground in the food processor)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons almond powder (flaked almonds ground in the food processor)
  • 200ml single cream


  1. Roughly chop the onions and place in a large saucepan with the garlic and ginger.

  2. Cover with water (approx 800ml), bring to the boil and cover.

  3. Continue to simmer on a low-medium heat for 30-35 minutes until much of the water has reduced.

  4. Stir in the salt, spices, tomato puree and oil.

  5. Simmer for a further 10 minutes.

  6. Take the saucepan off the heat and use a hand blender or upright blender to blend into a smooth gravy.

  7. Divide the curry base into 3 x 225ml portions and store in the fridge or freezer.

  8. Now for the chicken korma part! Heat the oil in a pan on a medium heat and cook the diced chicken breast until sealed.

  9. Add one portion of curry base (225ml) and stir on a medium heat for 2 minutes.

  10. Next, add the coconut powder, almond powder, sugar and stir for a further minute.

  11. Stir in the single cream and continue to simmer on a medium- low heat for 15 minutes, stirring often.

  12. Once the curry has thickened, turn off the heat, serve and enjoy!

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StockholmNative's picture
21st Oct, 2017
Absolutely delicious and easy to make...excellent recipe
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