Indian Chicken Madras Curry

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Tender chicken wrapped in a spicy tomato sauce, this Indian chicken Madras Curry Recipe is one of the best gateway to Indian chicken curries.

While not a cultural Indian recipe, this tomato-primarily based curry represents the whole lot I love about Indian delicacies – it is simple to make, with an interesting blend of spices that won’t set your mouth on fire.

Fragrant, spicy and creamy, I’ve had a love affair with Indian curries for years. When the weather starts turning chilly, nothing beats a bowl of some hot curries

Ah, but this Madras curry? This is the Indian chicken curry recipe that I make again and again. This curry was created in extremely good Britain and typically uses Madras curry powder for the reason that Madras curry powder can be a bit tough to find. I’ve tailored the recipe to the use of ingredients you can discover in any grocery shop.

Is Chicken Madras hot?

No – the chile powder and jalapeno add a nice assessment to the other spices. you could make this curry milder or spicier through reducing or increasing the quantity of chile powder and jalapeno you add

What is the difference between Madras Curry Powder and Curry Powder?

Madras curry powder and curry powder have some of the equal elements. Turmeric, cumin, coriander and cinnamon are a number of the spices in both sorts. The primary distinction is that Madras curry powder is hotter because it includes extra ground chiles than a trendy curry powder. Although this recipe would not use Madras curry powder, you may without a 

doubt substitute it for the spices within the recipe.

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What is a substitute for Madras curry powder?

You can use regular curry powder and add ground chiles to taste.

What is the difference between Madras Curry and Garam Masala?

The main distinction between these spice mixes is that Madras curry uses turmeric and garam masala doesn’t. Garam masala is a sweeter spice blend that carries cardamon, nutmeg, cloves and mace.

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Indian Chicken Madras Curry

How to make Chicken Madras curry:

  • Assemble the ingredients: Add the onions, garlic, chiles, and ginger to a food processor or a blender.
  • Make the puree: Puree the ingredients until they are smooth. Add the puree to either the instant pot or a skillet and cook to evaporate the water. This technique thickens the sauce without using cream, yoghourt, coconut milk or nuts.
  • Assemble the spice mix.
  • Cook the spices: Adding the spices and letting them cook in the oil helps to release their flavour and aroma.
  • Add the chicken: add the chicken and brown.
  • Finish: add the tomatoes, cover and cook.
Indian Chicken Madras Curry

Indian Chicken Madras Curry

Tender chicken wrapped in a spicy tomato sauce, this Indian chicken Madras Curry Recipe is one of the best gateway to Indian chicken curries.
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  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into 1 ½ inch chunks and blotted dry

  • 1 onion

  • 8 garlic cloves

  • 1 knob ginger one inch

  • 1 jalapeno

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 Tablespoon garam masala OR 1 teaspoon each, cumin, coriander and pumpkin pie spice

  • 2 teaspoons hot chilli powder

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes



Step 1

Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapeno to a mini food processor or blender. Blend until the mixture is pureed.

Step 2

Combine the spices in a small bowl and set aside.

Step 3

Heat the oil in the instant pot on low heat. Add the onion mixture and cook for 3 - 4 minutes.

Step 4

Add the spices and salt to the onion mixture and cook for 1 - 2 minutes until the spices are fragrant.

Step 5

Add the chicken and cook until golden brown, about 3 - 5 minutes.

Step 6

Add the crushed tomatoes and mix it well.

Step 7

Cover & cook for 4 minutes open the instant pot. If the sauce is too watery, remove the chicken and cook the sauce on the saute setting until thickened.
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