Vij Family’s Chicken Curry - My Version

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

I have yet to try this one but like for most of Vij's recipes, I reduced the amount of oil.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil on medium.
  2. Add the onions and the cinnamon stick and sauté until the onions turn golden (5-8 minutes).
  3. Add garlic and cook for another 4 minutes.
  4. Add ginger, tomatoes and your spice mix (salt, black pepper, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam masala and cayenne). Cook for 5 minutes or until the oil separates.
  5. Now in with the chicken:.
  6. Skin the chicken rinse them (you can do this while the masala cooks).
  7. Add chicken to the masala, turning and coating the pieces well.
  8. Cook for 10 minutes, until the chicken starts to brown.
  9. Stir in the sour cream and water and increase the heat to medium-high.
  10. Wait for a boil, reduce heat and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked, being sure to stir the pot a few times.
  11. When your chicken is cooked, remove the pan from the heat. Fish out the cinnamon and let your food cool for 30 minutes or more. Remove the chicken from the pot and its meat from its bones before adding the meat back into the masala.
  12. Before serving, heat it all up again on medium heat until it starts to simmer. Remove from the heat, stir in cilantro.
Most Helpful

Once i stumbled on to this recipe almost a year ago, i haven't made another curry since. I agree to leave it around 1/4th a cup. I have made this a bunch of times, and i do agree with Gay, that the amount of water is almost unnecessary. I usually put it in, because i like the extra sauce left over.. (throw it in a pot and add some shirmp or something. mmm) I also tend to up the garam masala to 1.5 tbsp cayenne pepper, just shy of 1tsp as well as the cumin, and a larger stick of cinnamon. I really like the flavour when its stronger and a little more spicy. Even better the next day. I also leave out the cilantro and it tastes perfectly delicious with out it.

melodux January 15, 2010

I up-ed the oil to the original amount 1/4 cup. I loved the flavor of this. However, I thought adding 2 cups of water at the end of the cooking made this too soupy. I think half that amount of water, or none at all would have been better. Maybe with a little raita on top. Love this though and will make again.

Gay Gilmore January 07, 2008

Very nice. I took the previous reviewer's advice, using 1.5 tbsp of cayenne, double the cinnamon, and cutting out the water. At the end, I found it was a bit overpowering, so I added about a cup of water and that made it so it was strong, but not too strong for me. Other change I made was used half a cup of yogurt and half a cup of sour cream as I ran out of sour cream. Also used boneless skinless chicken breast and added some vegetables. Very good, but I wonder if the whole one and a half hours of cooking is really necessary? Next time I think I will cook it as a stirfry (very fast) and see if it really tastes any worse.

chefdownunda November 09, 2010