Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

Rich, comforting…. and perfect to share with loved ones! This chicken curry is an absolute standout – and you won’t believe how simple it is to master.

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Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

PREP TIME
15 minutes
COOK TIME
1 hour 20 minutes
SERVES
6
Ingredients

2 tbsp vegetable oil

¼ tsp fenugreek seeds

2 onions, finely chopped

5 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tbsp finely grated ginger

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp chilli powder (more or less to taste)

1 tbsp ground coriander

½ tsp ground fennel seeds

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp sweet paprika

2 tbsp white vinegar

1 x 400g tin whole tomatoes

6 cardamom pods, crushed

1 cinnamon stick

2 lemongrass stalks, bruised

1.5kg chicken thigh pieces (on the bone if possible)

1 cup coconut milk

fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves to serve

sea salt

Steps
  • Step 1

    Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy-based saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the fenugreek seeds and cook for a minute until fragrant. Then add the onions, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring every so often for 10 minutes or until the onions are soft but not coloured.

  • Step 2

    Add the turmeric, chilli powder, coriander, fennel seeds, cumin and paprika. Cook, stirring, for half a minute. Stir through the vinegar. Add the chicken and toss to coat in the spices. Season with 2 pinches of sea salt.

  • Step 3

    Add the tomatoes, cardamom, cinnamon and lemongrass. Use a spoon to break up the tomatoes. Add the chicken pieces. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Remove the lid and stir through the coconut milk. Simmer uncovered for another 45 minutes or until the chicken is tender and almost falling off the bone. Taste and season with extra salt. Serve topped with fresh coriander leaves.

  • Notes
    Notes:

    – This chicken curry recipe was adapted from Charmain Solomon’s The Complete Asian Cookbook.

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Delicious

2024-04-18

I halved the recipe. I love spicy food and for me it was very mild so I added an extra whole chili, more chili powder and a dash more vinegar at the end. Delicious.

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Sonya

Fabulous

2023-11-15

This recipe was easy to follow and came out a treat. Replicated a number of times all with success.

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Nina

slow cooker recipe

2022-11-10

love to slow cook this chicken curry recipe. it can be hurried up if necessary!

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