This creamy and fragrant Chicken Korma with Cashew Nuts is perfect for those with a milder palate. Delicious served with fluffy basmati rice.
When chicken and cashew nuts are mentioned together, the dish that comes to mind is Kung Pao Chicken complete with dried chilies for spiciness. However I have discovered that I can use this combination to make a delectable curry using korma spices. Korma is a popular dish that originated in the Indian sub-continent but made its way along the monsoon trade routes to Southeast Asia many centuries ago. This Chicken Korma with Cashew Nuts can be mild or spicy depending on one’s preference. Furthermore, you can use mutton, lamb, or beef instead of chicken.
Mild and Fragrant Chicken Korma
Specifically in Malaysia, korma is normally mild and fragrant as compared to the sharper and spicier local curries. This can be a “starter” curry for beginners and many kids have their first taste of curry in the form of a korma. For many years, this curry was not present in restaurants and could only be found in homes during a kenduri or Malay feast. It grew in popularity along with other Indian Muslim food in the 1980’s. Today, it has taken its rightful place on the menu with the rest of the Malaysian curries.
If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, you probably already know that Nona-Nona is a monthly virtual cooking collaboration between my blogging buddy, Denise and me. We take turns to select an ingredient or theme to cook a dish and post simultaneously on our respective blogs. Neither one of us know what the other is preparing but since we come from similar backgrounds there is always the possibility of us preparing the same or similar dish. So far, this has happened twice. You can read about it here and here.
Theme for the Month
It is Denise’s turn to choose the theme for this month and she chose CASHEW NUTS. Roasted cashews are often eaten as a snack in Malaysia but they are seldom used as a main ingredient in cooking. Sometimes, it is used as a substitute for buah keras or candlenut as a thickening agent in curries. In this particular curry, I used ground raw cashews in the sauce to make it rich and creamy. I also added roasted cashews at the very end to give the curry a nice contrast of textures. It is delicious served with steamed basmati rice and mango or lime chutney as a counterpoint to the creaminess.
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Chicken Korma with Cashew Nuts
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cardamom pods
- 4 cloves
- 1 large onion (sliced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 inch ginger (peeled and grated) (30g)
- 20 oz boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite size pieces) (565g)
- Salt to taste
- 3 small potatoes (cubed)
- 10 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup plain yogurt (115g)
- ½ cup cashew nuts (roasted) (60g)
- Combine all spice paste ingredients in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of water to form a paste.
- In a medium sized pot, heat vegetable oil. Fry cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and cloves for 1 to 2 minutes or until spices start to pop.
- Add onion, garlic, and ginger and fry for another 2 minutes.
- Then add spice paste and continue to cook for 4 to 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir constantly so that the spices do not burn.
- Now, add chicken and continue to cook for another 4 to 5 minutes.
- Pour in ½ cup (120ml) water, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Season with salt to taste. Add potatoes and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
- Finally, add tomatoes and stir in yogurt. Allow it to simmer for about 3 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let korma sit for 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle roasted cashew nuts on the top and served with steamed basmati rice.
Now, let’s hop over to Singapore Shiok! to see what Denise has cooked up in her kitchen with CASHEW NUTS.
NOTE: The original publication of this post was on March 18th, 2013. This republication comes with changes to the writeup but the recipe remains the same.