Thursday, June 11, 2009

Chicken Korma

In the last 10 years, we have moved 4 cities and 8 houses. One of the great things about moving is the forced spring cleaning that happens - every single time, we are aghast at the clutter (particularly paper clutter) that we accumulate, vowing each time to be more careful 'this' time!

But there was this one box that moved with us from Bombay to Calcutta, then back to Bombay, and from there to Dubai - unopened. We knew what was in the box - some scraps of very precious memories - and therefore, never needed to de-clutter it. Every successive packer would simply add another cover layer of cardboard on the box, write our names and the new destination and the box would be on its way.

When we were moving out of Dubai, the urge to leaf through those scraps of memory was irrestible - afterall, there is something delightfully exciting and amusing as well to look at yourself many years later!

Somewhere amongst things such as my class X autograph book, Terradaze's annual class photograph, greeting cards and a dried rose (testimony to the first flush of love), summer training project reports, our first salary slips, I found this recipe.

A colleague at work would bring this chicken korma for lunch; everytime she brought it, we would descend on her lunch, well, greedy crows. Somehow, I had completely forgotten that on my last day at work, she had scribbled this recipe on the back of my final settlement statement!

This is now my to-go chicken curry recipe. It requires absolutely no marination, no grinding of any masala and yet, it tastes like I have sweated in the kitchen to make it. Creamy(without the cream!) and flavourful, every spoonful will be licked off the plate!

Chicken Korma


Chicken - 500 gms, boneless
Onions - 3, chopped
Ginger paste - 1.5 tsp
Garlic paste - 2.5 tsp
Whole garam masala: Bay Leaf - 1, Cinnamon - 1" stick, Green cardamom - 3
Cashewnut powder - 2.5 tbsps
Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Masala powders: Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp, Garam masala powder, chicken curry masala - 1 tsp
Low Fat Milk - 1 cup
Saffron - a pinch, soaked in a tbsp of milk
Salt - to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, chopped


Heat oil and add the whole garam masala. After a minute, add the ginger garlic paste, stir till fragrant. Next add the chopped onions and fry till lightly browned.

Now, add the chicken and fry on high flame till the chicken is half done. Lower the flame.

Mix the masala powders, salt and the cashewnut powder into the yoghurt and add this mixture in 2 batches to the chicken. Fry till the chicken blends well with the yoghurt and the oil separates.

Now, add the milk, the saffron milk and 1 tbsp of coriander leaves to the chicken, cover and cook on a low flame till the chicken is done. Lastly, add the remaining coriander leaves and the sugar and simmer another 5 minutes.

Serve with rotis or jeera rice.

Sending this to Viki's Potluck - Chicken. And though I normally don't send in archived posts to events, these - Chicken in Oyster Sauce and Slow Roast Chicken - are my favourites and so these go to the potluck as well.


  1. I can understand why you all were jumping at the korma. As this really looks so creamy delicous.
    I got marrried and came to this place and not moved from here for the last 18 years.
    I woudn't mmind moving a bit though. Now will have to finish till my daughter finish hre school as her school is just 3 minutes away from our home by walk which has been really handy.

  2. The korma looks absolutely deicious and inviting!

  3. Chicken korma in lunch box? no wonder it was devoured by hungry souls:)

  4. That does look rich, but is so easy! I need to give a try :)

  5. Delicious chicken korma, looks rich and creamy!!

  6. Oh wow looks so creamy n delicious! One of my favourites too!

  7. I love a rich gravy with no cream. Looks delicious.

  8. looks yum,..loved readin ur post too..

  9. The korma looks delicious and yeah I agree simple to make.

  10. creamy and delicious kurma..

  11. wow! that looks so creamy and delicious!
    join in the efm - breakfast series going in my blog!

  12. First time here. you have a lovely blog. Its very true about paper clutter and moving:) I too like to remove clutter whenever possible.
    Chicken korma looks absolutely delicious with such a nice color and texture.
    Btw., Thanks for sending the entry to my event.

  13. Love that lovely thick gravy.

  14. Oh wow that's a creamy ans spicy indulgence.....looks yum...

  15. Sehr interessant!

  16. looks awsome nd delicious


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