My family and I love this delicious, easy to prepare Indian healthy chicken curry recipe. This curry is almond based and free of tomatoes, which is a nice change from the common tomato heavy curries. It is very aromatic, mild and so delicious – I’d encourage you to try it for the whole family (the cinnamon flavour often really appeals to kids).
After spending almost a year in India (about 11 years ago), I came to adore the aromatic flavours of Indian cuisine. This is a very traditional curry, something you would definitely find in a market in India (ok, of course, I’ve added a few extra nutritious bits)! Before I went to India, I was frightened by the prospect of Indian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But now, I just can’t get enough. Leftover chicken curry for breakfast? Absolutely!
What’s so good about it?
Well, the chicken forms a complete protein and the almonds contribute mood elevating fats and proteins. The ginger, garlic, and spices offer immune-boosting, antioxidant plant nutrients. The coriander is of course very detoxifying and nourishing. For more about the healing properties of coriander, read here.
500 grams boneless and skinless chicken thighs, diced
4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2-3 cm fresh ginger root peeled and finely grated (a lemon zester works well)
Small red chilli, to taste and finely chopped (or add individually at the table to control the heat)
Juice of half a lemon
50gram flaked or slivered almonds, toasted
2 onions, peeled and sliced
1 cinnamon stick
4 cardamon pods, crush slightly with the top of a knife handle
3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder (or 2 of freshly grated root)
50grams almond meal
20gram currents or sultanas (optional)
300ml natural yoghurt
½ cup fresh or frozen peas
Coriander leaves, to serve
Use coconut oil to sauté the onion and coconut cream instead of yoghurt.
Replace the chicken with chickpeas.
Use the dairy free and vegetarian substitutions.
Serve with a baked sweet potato or cauliflower rice.
How has this curry been received in your household? Let me know, post a comment below.
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