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Chicken and Almond Curry

This delicious Chicken and Almond Curry is a change from the usual tomato or gravy heavy curries about. It is such a tasty meal, I hope you enjoy it. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 500 g boneless and skinless chicken thighs -diced
  • 4 clove/s garlic -peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger root -peeled and finely grated, a lemon zester works well
  • 1 red chilli/s (small) finely chopped to taste (or serve as a side at the table)
  • ½  lemon/s -juice
  • 50 g flaked or slivered almonds (½ cup) toasted
  • 2 onion/s -peeled and sliced
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 4 cardamom pods -crush slightly with the top of a knife handle
  • 3 clove/s
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 50 g almond meal
  • 20 g currants or sultanas -optional
  • 300 g full-fat natural yoghurt
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 75 g peas (½ cup) fresh or frozen
  • ½ bunch/s fresh coriander leaves -to serve

Serve

  • Rice, quinoa or cauliflower rice (to serve)
  • Steamed vegetables (to serve)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl mix the chicken, ginger, garlic, optional chill and lemon juice. Marinade for an hour or so (not essential, but best).
  • In a large fry pan, toast the slivered or flaked almonds over a low heat and set aside.
  • Now heat a tablespoon or so of coconut oil or ghee over a low to medium heat and cook the onion until it starts to soften. 
  • Add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and cloves and cook for a few minutes until you can smell them. Then add cumin, coriander, turmeric powders and almond meal.
  • Mix together, add the chicken to the pan and stir gently until the chicken starts to turn opaque (only a few minutes). Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
  • Next add the yoghurt and currants or sultanas, season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Cover and simmer slowly for 20-30 minutes stirring occasionally, making sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Just before serving stir in the peas and top with coriander and the toasted almonds.

Serve

  • I like to serve this with brown or basmati rice (or  quinoa), and a green salad or simply some steamed vegetables, dressed with lime juice and olive oil. If I'm feeling lazy I'll just add some broccoli, cauliflower and or carrots to the curry just before it's served to lightly cook in the sauce….a complete meal is served.

Make-ahead

  • Re-heat in a pot over a low heat until just hot.

Store

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Can also be frozen (I think the flavour improves with freezing so consider doubling the recipe and freezing it for another dinner next week).

Thermomix

  • I personally find more depth of flavour from stove top cooking with curries and just use my TMX to chop. But if you wan to cook the entire dish in the TMX, here's how...
  • Chop the ginger, garlic and chilli 5 seconds, speed 7. In a large bowl mix the chicken, ginger, garlic, optional chill and lemon juice. Marinade for an hour or so (not essential, but best).
  • Toast the almonds.
  • Chop the onion, 5 seconds, speed 4 (scrape the sides). Add the ghee or oil and cook 100, 4 minutes, speed 1.
  • Add the spices and cook another 3 mins, 100, speed 1.
  • Add the chicken, almond meal, currants/sultanas, yoghurt, salt and pepper (mix to combine with a spatula) and cook 30 mins, 100, reverse speed 1 with the basket over the lid so it doesn't spit.
  • Add the peas for the last few minutes of cooking.
  • Serve as above.

Notes

Dairy-free

Use coconut oil to sauté the onion and coconut cream instead of yoghurt.

Vegetarian

Replace the chicken with chickpeas or 500g of firm tofu, diced (or a mix).

Vegan

Use the dairy free and vegetarian substitutions.

Nut-free

Replace the almond meal with ground sunflower seeds.

Garlic-free

Simply omit the garlic and increase the ginger to a 5cm piece. 

Grain-free

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.