Kuwaiti Curried Chicken (Quwarmah Ala Dajaj)

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

A definite 5 stars. This is very good. I sometimes add okra (bamia). I serve it with Traditional Bahraini Muhammar - Sweet Rice Dish and a fresh salad for a great meal masha Allah. Modified from the Gulf States section of The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse and wipe chicken pieces dry and sprinkle with salt.
  2. Combine baharat and turmeric and rub half onto chicken pieces. Leave for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat olive oil and brown chicken pieces on each side. Remove to plate.
  4. Add onion and fry gently until transparent.
  5. Add garlic, ginger, remaining spice mixture, and cinnamon bark to the onion and fry for 5 minutes stirring often.
  6. Add tomato sauce, water, salt to taste, and loomi pierced twice with a skewer or loomi powder. Bring to a high simmer.
  7. Add chicken pieces and okra if using, reduce heat to low and simmer very gently for 1 1/2 hours until chicken is tender and sauce is thick.
  8. Serve hot with Recipe #79179 or other basmati rice dish and salad.
  9. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

This has been a regular in my house for quite some time mashaAllaah. DH LOVES this!!! I'm making it right now, but this time I added about a teaspoon of your iraqi curry powder (#442889) along with the other spices. It smells a-maz-ing! I can't wait until dinner!

umisa March 18, 2011

Made with chicken breasts and canned okra because I can't find frozen ones here. As the canned okras are already short to puree I only added them one minute before serving to heat them. Thanks for posting an excellent dish in which I could use my dried limes :) Made for Ramadan Tag 2010.

Mia in Germany August 20, 2010

Wonderful flavor! It's a keeper! Made for went to market tag.

Elaniemay May 13, 2010

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