Chicken korma recipe – Korma is a gravy dish that is usually made of spices, nuts, yogurt, seeds, coconut, vegetables and meat. It is said to have been originated in the Indian sub continent during the Mughal era. This chicken korma tastes creamy and delicious. It is great to enjoy this with steamed basmati rice, Jeera rice or Indian breads like Naan, roti or paratha.
There are so many ways a korma is made, most of them are adapted to the regional cuisines. So the ingredients used may differ. Most korma recipes use poppy seeds, but I have not use them here instead used almonds and cashews.
Fried onions are one of the main ingredients used in a chicken korma recipe. However I have not used them here but pan fried the onions till golden. Then used to make the paste. I have marinated the chicken and used here just to make the chicken tender. However you can skip that.
This chicken korma recipe is one of the best made with minimum ingredients that one can find in most Asian kitchens. This tastes best after 2 hours of preparation as the chicken absorbs the flavors of spices used.
Tips to make chicken korma
- Bone-in chicken tastes best in this recipe as the juices from the bones seep to the korma and make the gravy delicious.
- Marinating the chicken is optional. It is just done to tenderize the meat.
- A korma curry gets its creamy texture from curd and nut paste. Traditional korma recipe does not use any kind of starch to thicken the curry.
- The aroma comes from the fried onion paste, take care to fry the onions evenly.
- If you have a nut allergy just skip the nuts in the recipe and add more yogurt.
Chicken korma recipe
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
To fry and make paste
- 1 ½ to 2 tbsp oil or ghee
- 2 green cardamoms
- 1 cup onions sliced
- 6 Cashews
- 4 almonds (optional)
- 4 tbsps yogurt (or ¼ cup curd for paste)
For chicken korma gravy
- 1 small bay leaf or tej patta
- 4 cloves or laung
- 2 inch cinnamon or dalchini
- 1 cardamom or elaichi
- 1 to 2 green chilies slit
- 1 to 1 ¼ cup water for gravy
- salt for gravy as needed (I used about ½ tsp)
- ½ tbsp Coriander powder
- ½ to ¾ tsp garam masala
- ¼ tsp red chili powder (optional, for color)
- 3 tbsps coriander leaves or cilantro chopped
How to make the recipe
Marination for chicken korma recipe
- Marinate chicken with yogurt, ginger garlic paste, turmeric, salt, red chili powder and garam masala.
- Cover this and set aside.
Make onion paste
- Heat a pan with oil and add cardamoms. Add sliced onions and fry them until golden brown.
- Add cashews and almonds. Cool these completely.
- Next add the cooled onions and nuts to a blender jar along with yogurt.
- Make a smooth paste of these. Set it aside.
How to make chicken korma
- To the same pan, add 1 tsp oil and heat it.
- Saute bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom in oil for a min. Add green chili too.
- Add marinated chicken. Fry on a medium heat until the raw smell of ginger garlic paste goes away.
- Then add the onion curd paste. Pour 1 cup water and mix well.
- Add salt, coriander powder and garam masala. If desired you can also add chili powder for color.
- Cover and cook on a low flame until chicken is cooked to tender.
- Cook further till the gravy reaches a desired consistency.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
- Serve chicken korma with plain basmati rice, naan, roti or paratha.
Video of chicken korma recipe
Marination for chicken korma
1. Add curd and ginger paste to chicken.
2. Add turmeric, chili powder, garam masala and salt.
3. Marinate and set aside for 30 mins.
4. While the chicken marinates, go ahead with the recipe. Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add 2 to 3 cardamoms.
Preparation for chicken korma
5. Add sliced onions.
6. Fry the onions until golden brown. Turn off the stove. Add almonds and cashews. You can skip almonds if you do not have. Cool this completely.
7. Add the onions and nuts to a blender jar. Pour 4 tbsps curd.
8. Make a smooth paste.
How to make chicken korma
9. Add 1 tsp oil to the same pan and grease it well. Add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. I used ceylon cinnamon so used more. If you are using Indian one, just use a 2 inch thin strip. Saute the spices for a min. Also add in green chili at this stage.
10. Add marinated chicken.
11. Fry on a medium heat until the raw smell of ginger garlic goes away. This takes about 5 to 7 mins.
12. Add the onion paste. Pour 1 to 1 1/4 cup water.
13. Add salt.
14. Add garam masala and coriander powder. You can also add little chili powder if you prefer red color korma.
15. Mix well. Cover and cook on a medium heat until the chicken turns tender and is soft cooked.
16. Sprinkle some coriander leaves.
Serve chicken korma with rice, jeera rice, roti, naan or paratha.