This recipe came from The Guardian “Weekend” magazine yesterday.

It was from the article about food cooked by grandmothers.

The original recipe called for a whole skinned, boned and cut up chicken, but I was cooking for two and used breast meat only.

I also adjusted the ingredients for the sauce a bit and cooked it for long enough for the sauce to reduce.

Anyway, this is my version.

2 cubed chicken breasts
salt
sunflower oil
lime juice
1 diced onion
3 cloves of garlic
3 soaked dried Kashmiri chillies and their soaking water
6 black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of dried ginger (the recipe called for fresh, but I didn’t have any)
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of Kashmiri chilli powder
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of concentrated tamarind extract dissolved in hot water

I mixed the lime juice and salt with the chicken and set it aside.

While the onion was frying in the oil I made a smooth masala paste with all the other ingredients.

When the onions were softened and taking on colour, I added the paste and cooked it until it began to separate from the oil. Then I added in the chicken with some hot water and cooked the whole thing for about 20 minutes, by which time the sauce was reduced.

While this was cooking, I steamed some Basmati rice.

The curry was served with chopped coriander, parathas and mango chutney.

Delicious.

Next time, I will use fresh ginger in the masala paste and add in a chopped green chilli, something the original recipe asked for but which I also didn’t have in the house.

I think that both of those will add some additional punch and freshness.

A pretty useful curry masala paste though.

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