Authentic and Easy Recipe for Chicken Korma!!

Chicken Korma is a royal treat for your taste buds. The curry is mildly spicy with ingredients like cashew paste and cream. Chicken Korma is a heavenly mix of exotic Indian spices and herbs with chicken. The flavors of Chicken Korma, attained by the medley of divergent Indian spices are just divine. It’s impossible for any food lover not to devour in this extremely scrumptious chicken gravy.

Chicken Korma belongs to the Mughlai Cuisine. The traces of Chicken Korma can be tracked back to 16th century. It was the dish which was prepared in the Mughal Court Kitchens and hence the name Shahi Chicken Korma (Royal Chicken Gravy).

Chicken Korma can be mild or it can be pretty spicy depending on personal taste and also the mix of spices that are being used here. Chicken Korma recipe is pretty easy and needs spices which are ubiquitous in every Indian kitchen.

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Ingredients needed for an authentic Chicken Korma recipe

As mentioned above that the ingredients used in the preparation of Chicken Korma are pretty much available in the households. Though there are a lot of ingredients used in the Chicken Korma recipe, but don’t get intimidated by that, as the cooking and mixing are pretty easy. I’ll break it into step by step so that it’s pretty easy to follow. But first things first and here is the list of ingredients used in Chicken Korma Recipe –

  1. Chicken – 1 kg ( cut into pieces)
  2. Onions – 2 medium sized
  3. Tomatoes – 2 medium sized (grind to make a fine paste)
  4. Yogurt – 1 cup
  5. Cream – 1/2 cup
  6. Oil – 1 cup
  7. Ginger garlic paste – 3 tbsp.
  8. Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  9. Kashmiri Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  10. Coriander powder – 2 tbsp.
  11. Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  12. Fennel powder – 1 tsp
  13. Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  14. Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
  15. Cashews – 1/2 cup (lightly chopped and soaked in water)

How to make Chicken Korma? A Step by Step recipe.

Though the list of ingredients must be looking intimidating, but the steps involved in making the Chicken Korma are pretty simple and straight forward:

Step 1 – Heat oil in a pan, add finely chopped onions and start frying them. Once they are beautifully golden brown, remove them in a plate and let them cool.

Step 2 – Grind the onions and soaked chopped cashews in a fine paste. Add water if needed to grind these two in a smooth paste.

Step 3 – In the same oil add chicken pieces and start frying them. Add ginger garlic paste and keep on frying it. Once the chicken start to turn pinkish brown add the tomato paste. Keep frying the chicken till oil starts to separate.

Step 4 – In a bowl put yogurt and add red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, fennel powder and cardamom powder. Whisk it well.

Step 5 – Add the onions and cashews paste in the chicken and also add the yogurt mixed with spices and salt in the chicken. Keep frying it. At this point add water while frying so that the cashew paste doesn’t stick to the bottom of the vessel.

Step 6 – Once the spices are fried enough with the chicken add enough water and cover the lid. Now simmer the flames to medium low and let the chicken cook till it is soft and tender.

Step 7 – Now that the chicken is tender and oil is separate, adjust water to the desired thickness of the gravy, also check the salt and adjust it to the taste. Add Garam Masala, Kashmiri Red chili Powder and cream in the chicken gravy and let it cook on low flames for another 10 minutes.

Step 8 – Dish out the aromatic, flavorful Chicken Korma and sprinkle it with fresh chopped coriander leaves. The very delicious Chicken Korma is done and ready to be served!!

Readymade Spices

The market and online shopping sites are flooded with lots of readymade spice mixes. One can buy these and try the Chicken Korma with these spice mixes. My personal favorite is Lucky Masale. The Lucky Masale Chicken Korma is free of preservatives and low on sodium. Lucky Masale Chicken Korma is an amalgamation of finest Indian spices. The quantities used of every spice is in perfect harmony. The flavor and aroma of Lucky Masale Chicken Korma is truly magical and in my opinion “unmatched”.

Chicken Korma Tips

While cooking, simple tips and tricks can not only save us from big blunders but can also help us bring out the best flavors.
Here are some very simple tips which can help you in making the best Chicken Korma.

  1. Always soak the cashews. This softens them which helps in making the fine smooth paste.
  2. Fry the chicken on medium high flame as it helps in locking the moisture in.
  3. Use the nonstick deep dish pan, as it won’t let the cashews stick on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Always add Garam Masala and Kashmiri Red chili powder at the end, as it not only enhances the aroma and flavors but also gives the most palatable color to the dish.

Enjoy the Chicken Korma

The very reason that Chicken Korma was prepared in the Mughals Royal Court Kitchen, makes it a very Royal (Shahi) dish. Chicken Korma is a delectable dish which is not made every day, due to its richness. But whenever you are in mood of treating yourself and your taste buds with some Shahi treat Chicken Korma is the way to go. Now that you have the authentic Chicken Korma recipe at your hand, what’s the wait for – Go ahead and indulge yourself and your loved ones in this very Royal Dish!!