Chicken Balti Curry

    1 hour 15 minutes

    This balti is stir fried in a wok or balti pot with capsicum or onion and then combined with a lovely curry sauce.

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    Serves: 4 

    • Curry Sauce
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 medium sized onion, finely diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 4cm piece of ginger, grated
    • 2 green chillies, deseeded and diced
    • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
    • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed
    • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
    • Balti
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or ghee
    • 2 green capsicums, roughly diced
    • 2 red capsicums, roughly diced
    • 2 medium sized onions, roughly diced
    • 3 large green chillies, deseeded and diced
    • 2 red chillies, deseeded and diced, optional
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 pinch salt to taste, to taste
    • 30g coriander leaves, diced, optional

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Curry Sauce: Heat the oil in a heavy frypan. Add onion and stir for 2-3 minutes on high heat. Add ginger, garlic and green chilli. Turn heat onto low. Cook for 15 minutes occasionally stirring to avoid browning/burning.
    2. Add turmeric, cumin and coriander and cook further for 5 minutes.
    3. Take off the heat to cool. Pour 125ml cold water in a blender. Add sauce from the frypan, blend till very smooth. Stir in tomato paste.
    4. Pour the mixture back into the pan. As you prepare the rest of the balti ingredients, stir occasionally for approximately 30 minutes over very low heat. Sauce should darken in colour to orange-brown.
    5. Balti: Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or balti pan over high heat. Add the capsicums and stir fry until edges slightly browned. Remove the capsicums from the wok and set aside.
    6. Put a little more oil into the wok and heat through then add some of the chicken pieces and stir fry until they are sealed and have turned white. Remove the chicken from the wok and set aside. Stir fry the chicken in batches to avoid stewing.
    7. Turn heat down to medium. Add the remaining oil to the wok. Add the onion, chillies and cumin seeds. Stir fry until the onion is translucent. Do not allow to brown. Add the paprika, turmeric and cinnamon. Stir fry for 30 seconds.
    8. Return the chicken pieces to the wok. Mix in the curry sauce from the other pan. Add tomato paste and salt.
    9. Bring to a simmer, then turn heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in the capsicum and garam masala. Continue cooking for 15 minutes until the chicken is done. Sprinkle in hot water if the sauce is becoming too thick.
    10. Garnish with diced fresh coriander to serve.

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    The whole family loved this, full of flavour  -  28 Jul 2010


    Made it healthier. By only adding 1 tablespoon of oil to base sauce, also I added 1 teaspoon of sugar to the Balti  -  09 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    This chicken balti recipe was easy to follow and delicious to eat. I used extra chillies and it was Just reduce chillies according to taste. Yummy!  -  23 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)