This chicken korma recipe is from Chai Wallah in Yarm!
Many of you will know by now how much I love to learn new recipes from the experts. About a week ago I took some friends to one of my favourite Indian restaurants, Chai Wallah in Yarm. While there I approached the owner to see if he would teach me to make some of my favourite Chai Wallah curries. I am very happy to say that he agreed!
Chai Wallah curries are unique and exciting. This chicken korma is a lighter version of the creamy kormas you find at most restaurants. I like to make it quite spicy with lots of fresh chilies but kormas are usually mild. I’ll leave that one to you.
I’ve simplified this recipe a little to make it easier for the home cook but the recipe still works very well. I’ve also changed the recipe ever so slightly. If you want the real Chai Wallah experience you’re just going to have to go there. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with my version.
It is important to cut the chicken breast pieces at an angle as shown. This takes a little more time but it will be worth the extra work.
- 4 chicken breasts - cut as pictured
- 1 tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil
- 20 curry leaves (optional)
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- 5 green cardamom pods
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 white onions finely chopped
- 1 small fresh green chili (or more to taste) finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic paste
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 2 tablespoons carrot paste
- 50g block cream coconut - chopped
- 4 tablespoons low fat plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
- 1 teaspoon onion seeds (Available from Asian markets)
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- 1 tablespoon rose water
- Chopped coriander to garnish
- Heat the ghee or oil in a large pan over high heat.
- When hot, add the curry leaves, mustard seeds, cardamom pods, cinnamon and the cloves.
- When the mustard seeds begin to pop, throw in the chicken pieces and coat the meat in the oil/ghee.
- Now add the finely chopped onion and stir to combine.
- The onion will soften and begin to turn translucent. When this happens, add the fresh chili, garlic and carrot paste.
- Mix it all up and then add the garam masala, turmeric and bay leaves followed by just enough water to cover the meat.
- Place a lid over the curry and allow it to simmer away nicely for about ten minutes.
- After ten minutes, check your chicken korma. The water should have reduced by about half.
- Plop in the creamed coconut pieces and stir to combine. This will leave you with a somewhat thick curry sauce. You may want to add just a bit of water thought this korma is served quite dry at Chai Wallah and it is fantastic so!
- Add the yogurt one tablespoon at a time while stirring. If you add the yogurt too fast it may curdle so do it slowly.
- Cover the curry again and let it simmer down to your preferred thickness. Another five minutes or so should be just right.
- Add the sugar (if using) and salt and pepper to taste.
- Just before serving, pour in the rose water and sprinkle with the onion seeds and the chopped coriander.