We, especially my husband, like Indian food so much. One of the dishes that he misses the most is the spicy Indian-style chicken curry, so I tried to re-create it at home. Turned out pretty well so I am sharing what I did and how we enjoyed the Indian cuisine-inspired dish. Here is my Indian-style chicken curry recipe.
Recreating Indian-style Chicken Curry at Home
Many of you know that my hubby was first attracted to me because of my smarts first and my cooking second. haha That is why cooking for him is such a joy for me–I don’t mind spoiling him with food. He is Filipino-Chinese and looks like a Korean but he likes Italian cuisine and spicy Indian food with curry. I wonder if he ever gets lost in translation. LOL
He said that he can never forget the Indian restaurant that he visited in Cebu where he had spicy chicken curry eaten with chapati bread.
We often cook chicken curry at home. But it’s just the usual chicken with potatoes and carrots, turmeric, and coconut milk. However, Indian-style chicken curry is different. The sauce is thicker and the aroma is rich with spices. Hubby really wanted it very spicy.
However, not everybody in the house is into spicy food, especially the kids, so I had to cook the regular version first. Then I just added the chili flakes and cayenne pepper to the second half.
This means that the chicken was not steeped in chili, hence only the sauce was spicy. Eaten with pita bread that we bought from Eleven 11 Shawarma Station in Bacolod, we were pretty happy with the result. It nevertheless cured our craving for spicy Indian-style chicken curry.
Spicy Indian-Style Chicken Curry Recipe
This is a recreation that I did at home with available ingredients. While it is close to authentic, I am not sure if it is enough for some. For hubby, it lacked the spiciness he was looking for, but this homecooking mama had to cater to different tastes. Hence, I couldn’t make this dish very spicy.
Ingredients for marinating
- 1 kilo chicken slices, washed and drained
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. clove
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 thumb-sized ginger, grated
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- Small container Greek yogurt
Ingredients for cooking
- Cooking oil
- 1 head garlic, minced
- 2 onions, sliced into slivers
- 40 pcs fresh curry leaves
- 1/2 tsp. powdered clove
- 2 tsps. garam masala
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric
- Chili flakes and cayenne pepper, to taste
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1 cup water or chicken broth
- Salt, to taste
- 1 cup thick coconut milk
- 1 carrot and 1 potato, cubed and soaked in salted water
- Green peas, canned or frozen
- Marinate chicken in the first set of ingredients overnight and place them in the refrigerator. Or at least marinate them for a couple of hours to let the flavor seep through the meat.
- To cook, heat oil in a skillet and saute the garlic and onions for about 2 minutes. Add the spices and stir-fry. The herbs will become dark and very aromatic because of the spices.
- Fry the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side. Pour in the water or chicken broth and bring to a boil. Season with a bit of salt. Cook for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- In another pan, fry the carrots for several minutes and then add the potatoes. Season with a little bit more salt. Take them out and set them aside.
- When the chicken is cooked, pour in the coconut milk. Bring to a boil and let it cook for at least another 5 minutes.
- Stir in the fried potatoes, carrots, and peas. Simmer for a few more minutes and serve hot.
Cooking Hack: The chilis are to taste, depending on the level of hotness you desire. You may also add red and green bell pepper for more color and aroma.
Try this Indian-Style Chicken Curry Recipe at home and tell me how your family like this in the comments below.