Chicken Cardamom Curry

    1 hour 15 minutes

    This is a Bengali style curry called Moorgi Kosha. It's very good with flat bread or just with rice.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 tablespoons oil
    • 1 red onion (thinly sliced)
    • salt (to taste)
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 3 tablespoons water (divided)
    • 1 tablespoon turmeric
    • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder (or to taste)
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 1 kg chicken breast meat, cubed
    • 1 tomato thinly sliced
    • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 (5cm) piece of cinnamon stick
    • 3 cardomom pods, lightly crushed
    • 3 cloves
    • 1 tablespoon ghee
    • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
    • 1 large bunch fresh coriander, chopped

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Heat the oil in a wok or deep frypan over high heat. Add 1/3 of the onion, sprinkle a little salt and fry for a few minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel.
    2. Add the bay leaf and the rest of the onions to the oil. Season with a little salt and fry until golden brown. Add a spoonful of water and stir so that the onions break down – the water should turn a caramel colour. Add the turmeric, chilli, paprika, ginger and garlic; stir well. Reduce heat to medium high. When the fat comes to the surface add a spoonful of water, and stir again.
    3. Add the chicken and the sliced tomato. Season with salt and sugar; stir. Add the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ghee and a spoonful of water. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 or 35 minutes.
    4. Remove the lid, if there is water left in the pan, raise the heat to medium. Add the ground coriander and cook until all the water has evaporated (or you can leave as much sauce as you like).
    5. Spoon onto serving plates and sprinkle with the fresh coriander and the reserved fried onions. Serve with naan or basmati rice.

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    Really delicious flavour! A little fiddly to make, but probably easier second time round.  -  06 Nov 2010


    Very delicious, wonderful blend of spices, my husband ejoyed it and is from India but suggested I add a little yogurt next time to increase the amount of the gravy. Curry chicken is one of his favorite dishes but he prefers more gravy. He also suggested adding some serrano peppers or indian chilies. It is great served over Basmati rice. Thanks Madhu!  -  05 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Delicious! I made a few changes though... I used a 28oz can of diced tomatoes instead of one fresh tomato, added 2 tsp cumin, carrots, mushrooms and bell pepper. Also, I don't know what ghee is and I didn't have any cilantro, so I omitted those. I used 1/2tsp ground cardamom instead of the pods. Turned out really well!  -  22 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)