This is the second dish we have cooked from the wonderful I Love India cookbook and it really does take the otherwise dull Chicken Korma from zero to hero.
The curry is mild, though it’s aroma and creaminess, the fact it is baked… and the fact that you serve it with some thinly sliced baked potatoes make this so much fun.
Your guests will never see it coming.
Not least because you prep the whole thing the night before, pop it all into a baking dish and 45 minutes later, dinner is served.
Just make sure you brown the top and have plenty of rice to mop it all up.
(I have varied the recipe slightly and the method reflects it: all in the name of making it slightly easier the night before.)
1 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, roughly chopped
6 large garlic cloves, roughly chi
1 cup Greek yoghurt
Salt and freshly ground pepper
8 chicken thigh/breast (around 1.2kg), cut into large pieces
4 tbsp desiccated coconut
2 red onions, finely sliced
1 1/3 packed cup coriander leaves and stalks, more to serve
3/4 packed cup mint leaves
1 tbsp garam masala
2 tsp lemon juice
4 green chillis, chopped
4 tbsp light cream
- In a blender, blend the ginger, garlic and yoghurt and 1 tsp of salt. Marinate the chicken in the yoghurt mixture for 1 hour. Meanwhile, pound the coconut in a mortar and pestle until it is powdery.
- Heat 4cm of oil in a small-ish saucepan over a medium heat, add the onions and fry until golden and crispy. Drain from the oil and set aside.
- Set aside a quarter of the onions as a garnish and place the rest in the same blender used to blend the yoghurt. Add 2tbsp of the onion cooking oil, the herb, coconut, garam masala, lemon juice and chilli. Blend until smooth. Pour over the chicken and mix well, leaving it overnight to marinate.
- Heat the oven to 180c and place the chicken and marinade in a large baking dish that can take the chicken in a single layer.
- Bake for 45 minutes ensuring that the top is golden; adjust your oven or grill to achieve this.
- Stir in the cream; adjust the seasoning and lemon juice to taste.
- Serve hot, sprinkled with the reserved onions and coriander, sliced baked potatoes and rice.