Sunday, 28 November 2010

Chicken and Lentil Curry

This is not authentic in the least, but in the near-freezing weather I felt like warming comfort food. And for me, warming generally means spicy. I love spicy. I love it lots. 

The recipe is quick to prepare, but if you can lavish adequate time on it to let it slowly simmer and the sauce reduce, it really benefits. It took me 10 minutes to put the ingredients together, but needs a couple of hours to get the best out of the sauce, so is perhaps not ideal if you're starving or in a hurry!

I kept this really simple and just served with a side of basmati rice. Oh, and a glass of ice cold beer.

Ingredients (serves 6):
1 red onion
2 red chillis
2.5cm fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic
2tsp garam masala
6 chicken thighs
6 baby aubergines
1 tin green lentils
1 tin coconut milk
2 tins chopped tomatoes
juice of half a lemon
20g fresh coriander

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over a low heat, then peel and slice the onion. Deseed and slice the chilli, and peel and cut the ginger into matchsticks then fry together until the onion is soft. Add the garam masala, peel and roughly slice the garlic, and quarter the baby aubergines and then fry both for a couple of minutes before slicing the chicken thighs into 2cm strips. Add the chicken and fry until sealed, then add the lentils, lemon juice and tinned tomatoes. 

Simmer slowly for about an hour, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick, and then add the coconut milk. Roughly chop the coriander, and then add to the curry, reserving a little for garnish at the end. Simmer for a further hour, until you are left with a thick, gloopy sauce.


  1. Oh my gosh this looks amazing. I know you said it's not authentic but since moving I haven't had any Indian food at all. I wish I could make this.

  2. YUM, that looks delicious, and just what you need on a cold day! Words cannot describe how gutted I am that my boyfriend is allergic to a lot of the spices that go in curry.... :( Maybe one to try when I'm feeling self-indulgent or he goes out!

    I am so glad I have found your blog, looking forward to future posts :)