Chicken Curry (with Coconut Milk)



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Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk

A fantastic and flavorful chicken curry that is a regular at our home. This favorite chicken curry recipe is usually prepared as a side with flavored rice like Tomato Pulao. Coconut milk and poppy seeds are essential in the preparation of the curry. The chicken simmers in a concoction of yogurt, coconut milk, poppy seeds and garam masala to yield a rich creamy textured curry. Tomato Pulao with Chicken curry made for a deliciously comforting meal.

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Coconut Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry (with Coconut Milk)

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  • Serves: 5

Main Ingredients:

  1. Chicken
  2. Coconut Milk

Ingredients

  • Chicken: 1 kg (washed, cut into bite sized pieces)
  • Yogurt: 1/2 cup (curd)
  • Lemon juice: 1/4 lemon
  • Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1 tbsp
  • Cumin powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder: 1 1/2 tsp
  • Poppy seeds: 1 tbsp (soak in little milk and make paste)
  • Red Onion: 2 (large, finely chopped)
  • Garam masala powder: 1 cardamom, 1/2 " cinnamon and 5 cloves finely ground
  • Star anise: 1
  • Cinnamon: 1"
  • Thick coconut milk: 3/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves: 2 tbsps (finely chopped for garnish)
  • salt to taste
  • Oil: 2 tbsps
  • Make a paste:
  • Green chilies: 3
  • Ginger: 1 1/2" piece
  • Garlic: 6 cloves

Method

  1. Marinate the chicken in yogurt, coriander pwd, cumin pwd, turmeric pwd, lemon juice and half of the ground ginger-garlic-green chili paste for 10 mts.
  2. Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the star anise, cinnamon stick and chopped onions and fry for 4 mts. Add the remaining ground ginger-garlic-green chili paste and saute for 4 mts. Add red chili powder and mix.
  3. Add the marinated chicken and cook on high heat for 4 mts, mixing once in a while.
  4. Reduce to medium heat, add salt and poppy seeds paste and mix well. Let the chicken cook in this paste for 8-10 mts, uncovered. Cook till oil separates. Add 1 1/2 cups water and mix. Bring to a boil, reduce flame and cook for 13-14 mts.
  5. Finally add garam masala pwd, mix well. Add thick coconut milk and cook on medium flame for 3-4 mts. Turn off heat and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  6. Serve hot with white steamed rice, coconut rice, any flavored or rotis.

Tips

  • You can add 4-5 tbsps coconut paste instead of coconut milk. Add the coconut paste at the time of adding the poppy seeds paste.

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A fantastic and flavorful chicken curry that is a regular at our home. This favorite chicken curry recipe is usually prepared as a side with flavored rice like Tomato Pulao. Coconut milk and poppy seeds are essential in the preparation of the curry. The chicken simmers in a concoction of yogurt, coconut milk, poppy seeds and garam masala to yield a rich creamy textured curry.

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  • Asathnur

    Sailu: One quick Q .. Do you recommend chicken with /without bone for this recipe?

    • Anonymous

      With bone.

  • anon

    what is a substitue for poppy seeds?

    • Anonymous

      You can use melon seeds (called magaz in Hindi).

      • Anon

        So mustard seeds are different from poppy seed. I got scared of poppy seed because of the adverse to health posts I came across. Thanks

      • Anon

        So mustard seeds are different from poppy seed. I got scared of poppy seed because of the adverse to health posts I came across. Thanks

  • anon

    thanks

  • anon

    thanks

  • http://www.gardenerat60.wordpress.com Pattu

    Chicken curry is the most easy and popular dish. I liked the idea of using star anise and coconut milk.
    Thanks for your well written blog, with beautiful picutres of dishes :-)

  • http://www.authenticfooddelights.blogspot.com Sushma Mallya

    This looks mouthwatering sailu…love all ur chicken dishes …Will try this and let you know :)

  • http://www.authenticfooddelights.blogspot.com Sushma Mallya

    This looks mouthwatering sailu…love all ur chicken dishes …Will try this and let you know :)

  • http://mykitchentreasures.com/ Happy Cook / Finla

    Super delicious looking and i move that gravy it has.

  • http://mykitchentreasures.com/ Happy Cook / Finla

    Super delicious looking and i move that gravy it has.

  • Priya

    Super delicious chicken curry, wat an aromatic dish.

  • priya

    tempting chicken curry!!!!

  • priya

    tempting chicken curry!!!!

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  • priya

    tempting chicken curry!!!!

  • Swathi Upadrasta

    Nice looking recipe, just a quick question, what would be a vegetarian alternative for this? Can any vegetables be used to substitute chicken? Many thanks

    • Anonymous

      You can try soy nuggets/meal maker and paneer. You can try mixed vegetables. If using mixed vegetables, do not marinate the raw vegetables. Saute the vegetables in 1/2 tbsp oil for 4 mts and then marinate for a 5-10 mts. Carrots, beans, caulflower, peas, potatoes can be used.

    • Anonymous

      You can try soy nuggets/meal maker and paneer. You can try mixed vegetables. If using mixed vegetables, do not marinate the raw vegetables. Saute the vegetables in 1/2 tbsp oil for 4 mts and then marinate for a 5-10 mts. Carrots, beans, caulflower, peas, potatoes can be used.

  • http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com Krithi

    Looks awesome… Love the new layout!!

  • http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com Krithi

    Looks awesome… Love the new layout!!

  • tina

    looks so appetising

  • madhavi

    it is an easy dish with very few ingredients, but u have not mentioned red powder and its quantity in the list of ingredients.

    • Anonymous

      I have updated the recipe. Use 1 1/2 tsp of red chili powder.

  • Divya Divya

    Wow. There is so much variation in chicken curry. One can add different ingredients to it, add different spices to it. The flavour is so different with different combinations. I love making it and experimenting with its taste and flavour.

    Divya Bhaskar
    MyGrahak.com

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  • http://www.electricshisha.co.uk/ shisha

    initially when i tried this recipe i was a bit worried whether the curry will be sweet because of mixing with coconut milk. but once the final product was finished its really awesome. i loved it :)

  • http://www.homedesignconsultants.co.uk/ architects hertfordshire

    thanks for the receipe, basically I’m from andhra . i never use coconut in any form of curries. but this recipe looks more interesting and hope i will like it . this weekend definitely will try once :)

  • Kate

    Cooked this curry tonight. Absolutely fantastic. Looking forward to more tomorrow

  • Anon

    i love your recipes. More than that you bring back memories of home with your colorful description of Andhra Pradesh as well the recipes. I am a huge fan and admirer of yours. Keep up the good work.

  • Karthik

    Thanks alot.. first time in my life…i cooked very tasty chicken curry…:) thanks again.

  • Sonia

    hey. tried this one today and everyone loved it! thanks!

  • BA

    On step four, after you bring to a boil, do you cover before cooking 13-14 mins? How high is the flame for this period?

  • nazish

    Great

  • paula s.

    Made today. I would not add any water, just use a can of coconut milk. Found it too runny with the water, I let it simmer for 45 mins and it was still too runny. Added another 1/4 cup of greek yogurht to thicken a little. Used 4 serrano peppers 8 cloves of garlic and a good 1.5″ giinger for the paste. I thought it would have more kick, but to my surprise this recipe is mild…next time I will increase the serrano peppers. All in all the taste was wonderful, just not hot enough for our taste.

  • Satish

    hello, i just tried this recipe and still on the burner. looks and tastes yummy. thank you.

  • Claude-Olivier Marti

    Hi, it looks delicious !! I love this kind of indian curry. I’m living in Switzerland and it is not so easy to find good indian restaurants, so I do it by myself ;) I just have a question: Do you know a recipe of chicken curry with coconut cream but also with banana and almond ? I’ve try this once and it was delicious! Have a nice day

    • http://sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food

      I have a chicken curry with coconut milk recipe on the blog. I have never heard of banana in chicken curry.

  • pizza hut

    yummy yummy chicken that to with coconut milk it is very nice to try at home……………

  • Linda

    Hi! My husband and I loved this dish. But I was wondering how u get the red/brownish color? Ours looked white/ greenish and black poppy seeds….Btw how do u make a poppy seed paste?
    I have diffrent tools but find it difficult to make a paste with a small amount of ingredients…..

    • sudheera

      I used tomato (peeled and cut) as an addition, mine looked exactly like in the photo and tasted amazing :)

  • Claudia

    We have a red, handwritten notebook which is reserved for our most beloved recipes – and I have just added this recipe which we prepared tonight and enjoyed tremendously. Thank you!
    Claudia & Gerald

  • Madhu

    Hi Sailu I am Hemas niece living in Delhi .TY for ur recepies. Mehra told me @ ur website ,GBY
    Madhu

  • clive

    I am based in the UK and am generally very disappointed how bland most cookbook recipes taste. But this recipe is a complete knock out. Unbelievable. Thank you.

  • Rick

    I made this one the second time. I like it a lot. It is not a tradition in Slovakia to cook Indian food but I am huge fan and love cooking. Thanks a lot!!!

  • Jchoover

    I made this today along with the veg pulao recipe on this site and it was a fantastic combination! Thanks again Sailu for such an awesome recipe!

  • Nayeem

    Chicken curry is a popular dish at home. Great recipe and good photos too. The recipe is looking spicy and hot. I’m going to try this in the weekend.

    Thanks…Nayeem

  • cosmin balan

    Hi, i have tried this recipe and it was a very good one, but i`m not sure about garam masala…

    How much should have been? In here i see a mix of ingredients for it, but i haven`t found the cardamom, instead i found “directly” garam masala powder. I put one full tablespoon (also, i had 1.5 kg of chicken). Was it too much, or less?
    Thanks if you or any reader has a bit of time to share some light :)

  • Babita Karson

    Hi. I’d like to make this delicious chicken curry, but can I use lite coconut milk instead of thick ?

    • http://sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, you can.