Garam Masala Tomato Chicken Curry

"I'm very fond of curries; I've made many. The first time I tried this, it was a bit on the spicy side but -more than that- suffering from too much liquid. The Garam Masala didn't really work with that amount of fluidity ... even when thickened. I realized the the spice blend needed to be hot, yes, but it also needed more natural sweetness and less liquid. This version achieved that, muchly."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • In a large pot, heat the sesame oil over a medium flame until hot. Add the onion, dried apricots, carrot, ginger root, and garlic; stir occasionally and cook until the onion turns translucent. Add salt and pepper to taste (about a pinch) but be careful not to brown the onions.
  • Mix the chicken thigh meat with the cayenne pepper and half of the Masala; stir the seasoned meat into the vegetables. Cook until the chicken is opaque.
  • Add the tomatoes and garbonzo beans; stir into the meat and vegetables. Cook until the liquid of the tomatoes comes to a simmer.
  • Add the cauliflower, coconut milk, and remaining Masala. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to "low". Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook for 20 - 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cover, increase the heat to "medium" and reduce the thickness of the broth to a desired consistency.
  • Ladle equal portions into bowls with either Basmati rice or potatoes.

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  1. Mia in Germany
    This was a very nice chicken curry! I followed the recipe to the letter, and the only thing I'd change next time is that I'd use some more mild garam masala. Maybe it was the mix I used, but the garam masala flavour got a bit lost. Thanks for posting this tasty recipe!<br/>Made for Bargain Basement.


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