Maldivian Chicken Curry

The cuisine of the Maldives has influences from its neighboring countries of India and Sri Lanka and thus curry is a big part of their everyday food.

Even though a lot of the spices used in the curry are similar, the Maldivian chicken curry still distinguishes itself. Curries can be made using chicken, fish or vegetables.

Here is a recipe for a Maldivian chicken curry.


Maldivian Chicken Curry

Serves 6


300g chicken thighs

1 tbsp chicken curry powder (Maldivian Curry powder or Indian okay too)

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp cumin powder

Few curry leaves

1 piece pandan leaves

Small cinnamon stick

1 cardamom

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tsp garlic-ginger chopped

2 chopped tomato

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Salt to taste

4 tbsp coconut cream ( or coconut milk)

1 cup Water



• Heat oil in a saucepan.

• Sautéed onion, garlic, ginger cinnamon, cardamom, curry and pandan leaves, until all ingredients get light brown in color.

• Add turmeric, cumin and curry powder.

• Cook for 2-3 minutes add tomatoes.

• Stir well and cook for about 15 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked.

• Add water and chicken cook until chicken is tender.

• Finish with coconut cream and check the seasoning

• Serve with steamed rice, papadam and chutneys.



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