Chicken Curry (Adapted from Julie Sahni Classic Indian Cooking)

Total Time:
2 hr 45 min
15 min
2 hr 30 min

8 servings.

  • 2 3 -pound chickens, cut into serving-size pieces, skinned
  • 10 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground roasted cumin seeds or ground cumin
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
  • In a large heavy-bottomed pan, preferably with a nonstick surface, heat 2 tablespoons oil over high heat. When oil is very hot add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and sear until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove chicken to a plate and continue until all pieces are browned.

  • Add remaining oil and onions to pan, reduce heat to medium-high and fry 30 minutes until light brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Add garlic and ginger and fry 5 minutes. Add cinnamon and cardamom and fry 2 minutes, until spices are puffed and beginning to brown. Add turmeric and cayenne and stir rapidly 15 seconds. Return chicken to pan and stir in tomatoes, salt and 2 cups boiling water. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook about 45 minutes, until chicken is tender and gravy has thickened. Check frequently, and add a little water if sauce is evaporating too quickly. Turn off heat and let dish rest, covered at least 1 hour, preferably 2. When ready to serve, reheat, fold in cumin and cilantro, and adjust seasonings if needed.

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