A Simple Chicken Curry

Often people are under the misnomer that “curry” is a spice that is often used in making all the delicious gravies and curries that abound in Indian food. However, a curry comprises of several ingredients and spices that are cooked together to actually create the final product.

There is a place for “curry powder” in certain kinds of Indian cooking but for most part – any curry that is created involves time and the culmination of several different elements.

Here is a recipe for a simple chicken curry.



A Simple Chicken Curry

Serves 6-8


2 ½ lbs chicken thighs (or one whole chicken), chopped

2 moti elaichi (black cardamom)

1 stick dalchini (cinnamon)

2 onions, finely chopped

5 tbsp. garlic and ginger paste, ground in equal amounts

1 heaped tsp. haldi/turmeric powder

1 tsp. ground cumin powder

2 tsp. coriander/dhaniya powder

4 plum tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

Salt to taste


  • Heat oil and add black cardamom and cinnamon stick.
  • Add chopped onions and sauté for 20 minutes until it browns.
  • Add garlic and ginger paste and sauté for 10 minutes.
  • Add the chopped chicken and mix well.
  • Add haldi and salt to taste.
  • Cook uncovered for 20 minutes until liquid dries a bit.
  • Add coriander and cumin powder and mix well.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook covered for 15 – 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Once all the ingredients are well combined and chicken is cooked thoroughly, garnish with cilantro.
  • Serve hot with basmati rice or rotis.

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