Sunday, November 02, 2008

Dry Chicken Curry

This curry is one of the least tedious to prepare, all you need to do is to chop a big onion and some very ripe tomatoes and better still, just open a can of diced tomatoes. Not only is it easy, it is healthy, no coconut milk is involved.
This summer, i planted only 2 tomato plants but had so many fruits. The family had to eat tomato everything.

4 chicken legs - cut into bite size and seasoned with salt and pepper
1 big onion - chopped
1/2 inch ginger - grated with microplane or minced
4 cloves garlic - minced
2 heaped tablespoons curry powder
1 can of diced tomato/1 1/2 cups overriped tomato - chopped
1 cup mint/cilantro - chopped
1 cinnamon stick
5 - 6 cardomons - cruched
5 - 6 cloves
Salt and pepper to taste

Brown chicken pieces and leave aside.
Add more oil and add in cinnamon stick, cardomons and cloves. Fry in medium heat until the cinnamon stick opens up.
Add in the chopped onions. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and fry until slightly limp, then add ginger and garlic. Saute well, then add in curry powder.
When curry mixture is fragrant, add the browned chicken pieces , the chopped tomato and the mint/cilantro. 2 fresh red jalapeno/chillies can be added for more spicy curry.
Cover pan with lid and cook until chicken pieces are cooked. - Stir now and then to prevent burning.
Cook the curry until it is very dry, stirring all the time.
Adjust the taste with salt and pepper.



Anonymous said...

i know what you mean about tomatoes! my family has been making tomato everything lately. they just won't stop growing. this looks like a tasty dish!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Lily,
Enjoy your blog very much. This recipe is it an Malaysian recipe?


Unknown said...


i don't know if it is classified as malaysian. i did cook this dish quite often in malaysia and it must be have been inspired by the indians, for the condiments used.

Anonymous said...

Yummi! Reminds me of my mother's chicken curry!! -S-heba

Anonymous said...

Hi Lily,

Next time try putting in a ripe banana in the curry dish. I have tried to put in my dish (not this recipe), and it made the curry very different, tasted sweet and has the banana aroma.

Unknown said...


thanks for the tip, will try to use banana the next time i cook this dish

Anonymous said...

Auntie Lily,
In the recipe it calls for 4 chicken legs. Does it mean 4 chicken drumsticks or 4 thighs & 4 chicken drumsticks?
Please let me know. Can't wait to try this recipe.



Unknown said...


chicken legs means thigh and drumstick

Anonymous said...

I like curry a lot, just not so fancy with curry dishes with coconut milk in restaurants. This dried curry is perfect for me !

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across your blog just 2 days ago and have since tried out this extremely simple yet delicious curry recipe. I replaced the chicken and used pork instead. The pork meat could have been more tender but it was still very tasty. Thank you for sharing the recipes!

sandrine said...

Today, I made this dish & golden rice, both your recipes for a potluck party which had a prize for best dish. I won. Thanks Auntie Lily!!

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Anonymous said...

Auntie Lily, do you mean 1 cup of mint or 1 cup of cilantro/coriander?

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