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North Indian 'Shahi' Chicken Korma Recipe

Ingredients for people

    For the meat
  • Chicken breast(s) (150g) - skinless : 6 whole

  • For the sauce
  • Onion(s) : 4 whole
  • Frying oil : 100 ml
  • Fresh coriander : 1 bunch
  • Fresh mint : 1 bunch
  • Cashew nut(s) : 100 g
  • Green chilli(s) : 4 whole

    For the rest of the recipe
  • Bay leaf (-ves) : 2 whole
  • Green cardamon pods : 6 whole
  • Cinnamon stick(s) : 1 whole
  • Fresh ginger : 50 g
  • Garlic clove(s) : 4 whole
  • Ground coriander : 1 Tsp
  • Ground cumin : 1 Tsp
  • Caster sugar : 10 g
  • Lime(s) : 1 whole
  • Greek yogurt : 100 g
  • Mace : 2 g
  • Unsalted butter : 10 g
  • Maldon salt : 4 pinch(es)
  • 1For the meat

    Trim and dice the chicken into 2 cm pieces

  • 2For the sauce

    Soak the cashew nuts in water for 20 minutes
    Peel and dice the onions, ginger and garlic into an even small dice
    slice the chillies, discard the stalk
    slice the coriander
    pick the leaves and slice the mint

    Put half the oil into a wok and cook the onions over a medium heat until they turn translucent, add the ginger garlic and chilli and continue cooking until beginning to brown but not burning.
    When the onions are cooked, put in a blender, with the drained cashew nuts, allow to cool slightly and then puree with the mint, coriander and chilli.

  • 3For the rest of the recipe

    Using the same pan heat the remaining oil and over a low heat toast the bay leaves, cardamon, cinnamon ginger and garlic.
    When the spices are fragrant increase the heat and add the chicken pieces until all sides are seared.
    season with the salt.
    Add the ground coriander and the cumin.
    Saute for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
    Add the green paste and cook for a further 2 minutes.
    Add the lime juice, sugar and enough water to cover the chicken and simmer until the chicken is cooked.
    stir in the yoghurt .

  • 4To serve

    Just before serving add the butter and the mace and stir through

Chef's tip

«Cardamon has and intense and pungent flavor, leave them in the pods to infuse into the sauce as the seeds themselves will dominate the flavor of your dish»

A fresher version of a classic creamy korma, thought to have originated in the Bhopal region of India. The 'Shahi' denotes a prestige dish for special occasions.

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  • Preparation  20mins
  • Cooking time  20mins
  • Rest time  0h