Cardamom Chicken Gullfrazie

Reza's rich, spicy cardamom curry is fresher than any Indian takeaway.
  • 75ml vegetable oil
  • 6 cardamom pods, split
  • 3cm piece of root ginger, peeled and shredded
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves (approximately 12 leaves)
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 150ml water
  • 500g tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 chicken, skin removed and jointed into 8 pieces
  • A few grinds of freshly milled black pepper
  • Chopped coriander
  • A little ground cardamom, for garnish

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan and toss in the cardamom pods. After a few seconds they will begin to sizzle and give off a lovely nutty whiff. As soon as this happens stir in the shredded ginger and chopped garlic, followed by the diced onions and curry leaves. Add a pinch of salt, this helps to speed up the browning of the onions.

Fry the onions over a medium heat until golden. Sprinkle in the turmeric, chilli powder, ground coriander and half of the ground cardamom. Stir and fry for a further minute before adding the water along with the chopped tomatoes and green chillies. Cook down until the sauce has thickened slightly.

Tip the chicken pieces into the pan, add a dash of water and sprinkle in the remaining ground cardamom.

Simmer the chicken curry for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with a little more ground cardamom and scattered with chopped coriander and a few grinds of black pepper.

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