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    Hajar's Black Cardamom Chicken Curry

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    1 hr 15 mins

    45 mins

    30 mins

    Hajar Elizabeth's Note:

    I received this recipe from an old boyfriend's mother who was born and lives in India. I made a few minor tweaks though the recipe remains virtually unchanged. This curry is Ayurvedic in nature; well balanced spicing and promotes health and well being so I am told and have read when using this spicing combination. I know it is very tasty! Please use the black cardamom pods whole and remove before serving. This dish has a marinade for the chicken and the "sauce" it is cooked in so the ingredients appear more daunting than they actually are.

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    1. 1
      The marinade needs to be a smooth paste.Put the 1st 6 ingredients, EXCEPT chicken, into a blender with a splash of water and puree.
    2. 2
      Place sliced chicken in a bowl and spread the marinade over, coating each piece. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes, though you can leave it longer or even overnight is best.
    3. 3
      When you're ready to cook the dish, put a large pot, preferably heavy bottomed, over a medium heat. Add the oil. When it's hot stir in the cinnamon and cardamom for a few seconds.
    4. 4
      Add onion and cook for 5 minutes until it starts to soften. It will turn brown from the cinnamon.
    5. 5
      Add cumin and coriander, then gradually add the yoghurt, stirring all the time.
    6. 6
      Add the tomato paste and mix in well, reduce the heat.
    7. 7
      Put the chicken and its marinade into the pan and cook for about 5 minutes.
    8. 8
      Pour the water into the pan and still in the garam masala if you have any. I have made this without it and it is so flavorful that I didn't really miss it.
    9. 9
      Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes or so until the sauce has reduced to a thick, spoon able consistency. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and serve.
    10. 10
      I serve this with naan bread, mango, peach or apricot chutney, and rice flavored with cooked onions. You want a fairly plain rice as the dish is so flavorful a strongly seasoned rice would mask the wonderful flavors of the dish.
    11. 11
      Servings being difficult to judge as a serving is different to everyone. So I am listing this as 4 servings for hearty appetites. Cooking does not include marinating time. Boneless thighs work well for this too; just cut into fairly wide strips.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 20, 2007


      I made this last night for dinner & everyone liked it. I thought it was good but not great. I will have to play around with it a little more & see how it turns out.

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    • on June 29, 2007


      We really enoyed this recipe. I did cut back the oil to 1 tsp without a problem, but other than followed the recipe. The method of blending the onion, ginger, garlic and chili pepper into a smooth paste yielded a curry with a perfect consistancy. The blend and additon of all the other spices produced a very fragrant and rich flavor that was fabulous. I used 2 red serrano chilis as we like the heat. Thank you Princess Hajar for sharing the recipe.

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    • on January 06, 2006


      Finally I have wanted to try this dish and finally I did, and am I glad I did! It's great! If I could give it more than five stars I would. I did the recipe exactly as you stated, I serve with my Lemony Brown Basmati Rice and some store bought peach chutney. Thank you so much Hajar for yet another great recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Hajar's Black Cardamom Chicken Curry

    Serving Size: 1 (303 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 339.0
    Calories from Fat 173
    Total Fat 19.2 g
    Saturated Fat 4.5 g
    Cholesterol 81.9 mg
    Sodium 217.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
    Sugars 6.3 g
    Protein 28.3 g

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    black cardamom pods

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