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Ceylonese Chicken Curry   HT MC Sri Lankan 75mins plus marinating

Sri Lankan Name: Kukul Mas Curry 

Serves 4     Hot Poultry Spices Vegetables Main Course   Gluten Wheat Dairy Free Eggless   Sri Lanka Ceylon Asia Asian

4 large Chicken Quarters
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
4 Garlic Cloves, crushed
2.5cm/1-inch Fresh Root Ginger, grated
Salt and Black pepper
2 teasp Toasted Curry Powder
1 teasp Chilli Powder
3 tbsp Vegetable oil
8 Curry leaves
4 pieces Rampe (Pandan leaves) (optional)
1 Large Onion, Sliced
1 x 2.5cm -1 inch Cinnamon Stick
4 Cardamoms, split
2 Cloves, crushed
2 tbsp Tomato Paste
240ml/8fl.oz. Water
240ml/8fl.oz. Thick Coconut Milk


1. Cut each chicken quarter into 2-3 pieces then place in a bowl together with the lemon juice, crushed garlic, ginger, salt, black pepper, curry powder and chilli powder. Turn to coat the chicken pieces well and set aside for about 30 minutes.

2. After the marinating time, heat the oil in a large saucepan add the curry and pandan leaves if using and fry for 1 minute then add the onions and sauté until softened.

3. Add the chicken pieces and continue to sauté for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.

4. Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, tomato paste and water, mix very well, then cover and cook on a low heat for 45 minutes, stirring from time to time and adding a little more water if necessary.

5. Stir in the thick coconut milk, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and cook for a further 15 minutes stirring occasionally Serve hot.

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Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Brown  to  -  To fry in very shallow  fat  over a high heat in order to colour the food and seal in the juices.

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