Chicken Korma Curry - The Original

Chicken Korma Curry - the original

Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Marinate: 2 hours
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Method: hob
Heat scale: 🌶️

Traditionally, Korma style curries were for special occasions using expensive spices and nuts. A mild but fragrant curry, this is one of the original Spice Pots recipes. We have since come up with a much shorter version - Quick Chicken Korma Curry - but if you have the time, this recipe is really worth the extra effort.

The UK's "curry house" version is quite a long step away from these origins. Spice Pots Korma is somewhere in the middle. The creamy sauce is made using yoghurt and coconut milk with ground almonds to enrich.  Delicious with chicken, this recipe can also be used with other meats or vegetables. 


10 teaspoons of Korma
150ml natural yoghurt
5cm piece ginger, grated or finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
3 tbsp ground almonds
1 kg chicken (or use vegetables or different meats), cut into 3 cm pieces
1.5-2 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
400ml tin coconut milk
Fresh coriander, to garnish


  1. Mix the ginger, garlic and yoghurt in a bowl.
  2. Add the almonds, salt and the Korma spices.
  3. Mix well, then add the chicken and thoroughly coat.
  4. Cover and leave to marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
  5. When ready to cook, heat the oil, add the onions and cook until soft & translucent.  
  6. Add the chicken and all the marinade, and cook for a few minutes.  
  7. Add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  8. Serve with rice or breads. Garnish with coriander.  

NOTE If you like a bit more heat, just add a chilli or two.

We have suggested marinating the chicken in yoghurt with the spices, but if you are short of time, just skip the marinating.

Chef's Tip

Try beef or lamb instead, but cook it for much longer to ensure the meat is tender.

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