Chicken Vindaloo from Scratch
- 2 tsp whole cumin seeds
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 1 tsp cardamom seeds or 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
- 1 tsp whole fenugreek seeds
- 5 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp light brown soft sugar
- 10 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 large onions, sliced in half and cut into half rings
- 6 tablespoons water
- good knob of fresh root ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 800g chicken breasts, cut into pieces
- 250ml passata
Prep:15min › Cook:1hr15min › Ready in:1hr30min
- Grind cumin seeds, black pepper, cardamom seeds/curry powder, cinnamon, black mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds together in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.
- In a small bowl, combine ground spices, vinegar, salt, cayenne pepper and brown sugar. Set aside.
- Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Fry onions, stirring frequently, until they are a rich, dark brown. (Do not undercook the onions, this is important for colour reasons.)
- Remove onions with a slotted spoon and puree them in a food processor or blender.
- Return onions to pan but turn off the heat. Add 3 tablespoons water (or more if necessary) to the onions and blend until you have a smooth paste. Add the spices and mix in well. This mixture is the vindaloo paste.
- Now, put the ginger and garlic in a blender. Add 1 tablespoon water (or more) and blend until you have a smooth paste.
- Heat the remaining oil in a wide saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add the ginger-garlic paste. Stir until the paste browns slightly. Add the coriander and turmeric. Stir for a few seconds.
- Add the chicken, a little at a time, and brown lightly.
- Stir in the vindaloo paste and tomato passata. Stir and bring to a gentle boil.
- Cover the saucepan, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until chicken is cooked. Serve over rice.
I've made this and although it's quite tasty it definitely is NOT a vindaloo. So if you're after a hot curry, this recipe as it stands doesn't deliver! - 22 Jan 2010
I want to make this for a party we are having in a few weeks so I did a trial run. I left out the mustard seed and fenugreek seeds (but I'll try and find them and use them next time). Spice level was pretty good but I think I'll experiment somemore. Blending everything made it a smooth consistency. - 09 Sep 2008
Debate on the oil, 2 tablespoons for the onions, 5 for the chicken use at least 5 cloves of garlic and add 6 or more finger chillies to the garlic/ ginger blend, otherwise a great curry...... - 04 Apr 2013