Chicken Curry With Curry Leaves, Coconut Milk and Spices

I made this chicken curry with Bob Arora from

Sachins at The World Curry Festival

Chicken curry

This chicken curry is great served with fresh naans

This is one of Bob Arora’s chicken curry recipes that I enjoyed so much I had to make it again. We made it together at the World Curry Festival in Brandford and the samples were gobbled up. Now I’d like to show those of you who couldn’t get to the curry festival how to make it too.

I had a lot of fun at The World Curry Festival. We made this on stage in about a half hour. It really is easy and hope you get a chance to try it soon.


Bob Arora and Dan Toombs The Curry Guy

Bob Arora and me at The World Curry Festival 2012


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Chicken Curry With Curry Leaves, Coconut Milk and Spices
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 4 - 6
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 6 chicken breasts - cut into one inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 20 fresh curry leaves
  • 10 fenugreek seeds
  • 2 large onions - finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 2 fresh green chilies - finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 400ml chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 large bunch of fresh coriander
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 150ml double cream
  • spicy salt to taste or salt and pepper
  1. Start by making the sauce.
  2. Pour all but about one tablespoon of the vegetable oil into a large pan or wok and heat it over high heat.
  3. When the oil is hot, throw in the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and the curry leaves.
  4. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, pour in the chopped onions. You want to fry the onions - stirring regularly until the onions are light brown, translucent and soft.
  5. Sprinkle with the salt. This will help release some of the moisture from the onions.
  6. When the onions are nicely browned, add the garlic and ginger pastes along with the chopped green chilies and stir to combine.
  7. After about a minute, add the garam masala, cumin and turmeric. Continue stirring until the vegetables are nicely coated with the spices.
  8. Now pour in the tomatoes and tomato paste.
  9. Bring to a rolling simmer.
  10. Cut the stems of the coriander and then finely cut the stems and add them to the sauce.
  11. Pour in the coconut milk and cream and then cover the sauce and cook over low heat while you cook the chicken.
  12. Using the remaining oil, fry the chicken until it is nicely browned and about 80% cooked through.
  13. Add the chicken to the sauce and stir.
  14. Sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves and the spicy salt to taste to serve.



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