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Festive Chicken Kurma Recipe

Festive Chicken Kurma Recipe

Festive Chicken Kurma Recipe

This dish is simple to make and can be prepared for special occasions with other dishes or on its own plus other side accompaniments for a daily meal, lunch or dinner.

Ingredients :

    • 9 almonds, blanched, roasted and ground
    • 9 tablespoons oil
    • 3 shallots, sliced
    • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 6 cloves
    • 3 star anise pods
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 6 cardamom pods
    • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
    • 1 whole medium chicken (about 1.2 kg/2.5 lbs) cut into bite-size pieces, rubbed with salt and 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp
    • 43/4 cups (1.25 litres) thin coconut milk
    • 3 onions, sliced into wedges
    • 3 green finger-length chillies, slit lengthwise
    • 3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
    • 3 stalks coriander leaves
    • Juice from 11/2 limes
    • 3 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon salt

Kurma Spice Paste :

    • 3 teaspoons coriander seeds
    • 3 teaspoons cumin seeds
    • 3 teaspoons fennel seeds
    • 60 white peppercorns
    • 3-cm (11/4-in) ginger
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 9 shallots
    • 3 candlenuts or macadamia nuts

Method :

    1. Make the Kurma Spice Paste by grinding all the ingredients into a fine paste in a mortar or blender, adding a little water if necessary to keep the blades turning. Set aside.
    2. Mix the ground almonds with a little water and add to the Kurma Spice Paste to form a paste. Set aside.
    3. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat and fry the sliced shallots and garlic until fragrant. Add the cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks and cardamom. Stir to mix well.
    4. Add the Kurma Spice Paste. Stir-fry for 3 minutes or until fragrant. Add the potato wedges, followed by the chicken and stir to coat the chicken pieces with the spices. Add the coconut milk and leave to simmer until the chicken is cooked and tender.
    5. Add the onion wedges and green chillies and stir. Finally add the tomato wedges, coriander leaves, lime juice, sugar and salt. Remove from the heat. Serve with plain rice and other dishes.

Serves 4–6
Preparation time : 15 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins

See also Malaysia Cooking “Homestyle Malay Chicken Soup Recipe”