Tuesday, May 27, 2008


"A chef called Ben, who used to work with Nick Nairn's good friend Phil Vickery, created this fab curry". The original recipe is apparently from Phil Vickery's book, Simply Food, and Nick Nairn tells us that he makes this recipe "when I'm in the mood for a quick curry fix".

I love home cooked curry and this recipe is full of amazing flavours without being too hot.

Instead of the canned coconut milk, I use powdered coconut milk by Maggi, and all you do is measure an amount out according to the packet instructions, then add warm water and stir to give coconut milk. I buy mine from the Asian stall in my local market unfortunately, I haven't seen it in a supermarket.


ISBN 0563487046 - Page 108

Serves: 8 (but can easily be scaled down).

You will need:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
900g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3cm cubes
2 onions, roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon grated fresh root ginger
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chilli powder
400g can chopped tomatoes
400g can coconut milk
450ml chicken stock
4 tablespoons mango chutney
250g baby spinach leaves, stalks removed
200g Greek-style yoghurt
freshly ground sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
boiled rice and naan bread, to serve

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a large pan and add the chicken cubes. Quickly fry the cubes until lightly browned all over. Remove from the heat and drain on kitchen paper.
2. Add the remaining oil to the pan, together with the onions, garlic and ginger, and cook gently for a few minutes until softened and golden brown. Add the flour and spices and cook for a few more minutes.
3. Add the tomatoes and coconut milk and return the chicken cubes to the pan. Add just enough stock to cover them, scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan and stir well. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Lastly, stir in the chutney and add the spinach. Cook for a couple of minutes until the spinach has just wilted, and then stir in the yoghurt and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with some boiled rice and naan bread. Delicious.


Sylvie said...

That looks like a wonderful curry and best of all it doesn't involve buying 10 different ingredients that you might never use again. Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

This looks like my kind of dinner (and hubbys too!). Perhaps I'll make this one on Friday night instead of reaching for the takeaway menu!

Trekkie said...

Just a quick note - they sell the Maggi Coconut Milk powder in my local Tesco's (as you say you've not seen it in a supermarket).

Cakelaw said...

Ooh, I love a good curry - and this one sounds pretty special.

Happy cook said...

Yumm looks delicious

nicisme said...

I haven't heard of powdered coconut milk Margaret, I'll look out for it.
Fabulous looking curry, nicely plated up too!

Margaret said...

Thank you Trekkie for the info on where to buy the coconut milk powder. My Tesco's is only a small supermarket, it must be in the larger stores.

Kelly-Jane said...

That looks so delisious, I must make sure I've marked this recipe!

Rosie said...

Oooooh M this curry looks just delightful!! I have brought powdered coconut milk from Asdas. Wonderful photo M :D

Rosie x

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Hey Margaret
I did miss a couple of your posts..Was on a short break and then was caught up with a lot of pending work..
Loved your previous posts too..Esp the gerbera :))
The curry looks yum, a real treat !!

Nora B. said...

So comforting! I seem to turn to curries and stews these days as we head into winter. Thanks for the recipe.


Bellini Valli said...

The list of ingredients make it seem intimidating at first...but it is really a quick and easy curry recipe. Thanks for the heads up:D

Maria said...

Margaret this is definitely my kind of meal, especially when entertaining guests. Delish!


Margaret said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

Asda and Tesco seem to be the places to buy the powdered coconut milk. Next time I go, I will have a good look for it. Mx

Jan said...

Oooh I've just come across this!! As you know I am now armed with my powdered coconut milk! I will have to give this a go. Looks yummy.