Light cumin-flavoured chicken curry

Light cumin-flavoured chicken curry

I Love Curry
Jonathan Gregson

A simple, delicious curry that’s one of my favourites, and a lovely platform for the humble cumin seed to shine. The flavours are simple, so the chicken should be on the bone for maximum taste. Ideally, serve with Chapati.


Quantity Ingredient
150g plain yogurt
20g fresh root ginger, peeled weight
6 fat garlic cloves
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
600g small skinless chicken joints
4-5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 rounded teaspoon cumin seeds
2 small onions, finely chopped
2-5 green chillies, whole but pierced
1 teaspoon garam masala
handful chopped fresh coriander


  1. Blend together the yogurt, ginger and garlic until smooth. Stir in the ground cumin and coriander, ¾ tsp salt and the black pepper. Pour this marinade over the chicken and leave for as long as you can, even 20 minutes will help, or up to one day, covered, in the refrigerator.
  2. Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan. Add the cumin seeds and, once they have darkened, add the onions and fry until golden brown. Add the chicken, its marinade, the chillies and garam masala and cook over a medium-high flame, stirring often, until the yogurt comes to a boil and then gets absorbed by the chicken. Pour in enough water to come halfway up the chicken and bring back to a boil.
  3. Cover and simmer over a gentle flame for 20–30 minutes, until the chicken is nearly done (20 minutes for a small chicken, 30 minutes for a medium chicken). Check occasionally and give the pot a stir.
  4. Uncover the pan and reduce the liquid until it is quite thick and creamy; this will deepen the flavour. Add a splash of water if you need to, you want to achieve a thick, creamy sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning, stir in the chopped coriander and serve.
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