South Indian chicken curry

This wonderfully fiery curry recipe by UK Shallots is softened by the sweetness of the shallots and the coconut milk.
South Indian chicken curry
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 3 green finger chillies, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp root ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 shallots, topped, tailed and cut in half
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 6-10 curry leaves
  • 2-4 cloves
  • 500 g boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into 4cm pieces
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • Plain basmati rice, to serve


1. In a blender or with a pestle and mortar, blitz the chillies, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, salt and two shallots with 1 tbsp of the oil and 2 tbsp cold water to make a coarse to medium paste.

2. In a bowl, combine the chicken and the spice paste so all the chicken pieces are coated, allow to marinade for 20 minutes or longer if possible.

3. Heat the remaining oil in a heavy-based pan. Add the curry leaves and cloves and fry for 1 minute. Add the chicken and fry for 5 minutes until the spices become fragrant. Leave the remaining paste in the bowl for later.

4. Tip in the remaining shallots and continue frying for 10-12 minutes until they are lightly brown on the outside. Pour 100ml cold water and the coconut milk in the bowl with the remaining spice paste and combine.

5. Pour over the chicken and mix well. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve hot with plain basmati rice.

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