Food and Drink Recipes

South Indian Chicken in Coconut

I love Indian food, a lot. Growing up as a kid in Asia & the Middle East has made me a food snob when it comes to Chinese & Indian cuisine. I came across this recipe a while ago & have made it numerous times since. It has since become one of my favourites to make. Not only is it super quick to make, it’s easily adaptable in the sense that you can use Chicken or Prawns while making it & it’s amazingly tasty! The recipe below is my adapted version of the original by The Hairy Bikers.

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1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1-2 red chillies, chopped (you can remove the seeds if you want, but I love them)
2 garlic cloves
4cm piece fresh ginger, peeled
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp methi/fenugreek powder
1 tbsp water
½ tsp ground turmeric
500g chicken breasts
200ml coconut milk
1 lime, juice only

1. Blend the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger to a paste in a food processor.

2. Heat the sunflower oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, mustard seeds and fenugreek powder and fry for 20-30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the onion, chilli and garlic paste and fry for 1-2 minutes.

3. Add the chicken breast and cook for 5-6 minutes until cooked. Add the water, turmeric and cook for another few minutes. Add the coconut milk and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4. Bring the mixture to a simmer for 1-2 minutes, or until the coconut has warmed through and the chicken fully cooked. Squeeze the lime juice on top, serve with some basmati rice & sprinkle some chopped coriander on top.

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    August 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I love this dish!

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    August 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    @Aatif: me too! I add more chillies too as I really like spicy food!

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    August 14, 2011 at 11:43 am

    never thought ginger is measured in cm and water in tbsp ?

    looks amazing.

    noob Q: What temperature you cook with ? (1-4)

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    August 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

    @mishref: well now you do :P it’s only for this recipe tho :D You probably cook it on the highest one, then when simmering move it to around 1-2 x

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    August 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    forgot to tell you! i made this but with prawns and some mustard oil the other night! DELISH x

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