Slow cooker madras chicken curry

    6 hours 20 min

    This is a rich tomatoey curry, with a lot of taste and a proper kick. The recipe has evolved over time and has become a real favourite in my family. I cook it in advance and freeze it in foil takeaway trays. You can add more yoghurt and reduce the tandoori masala powder if you prefer a milder curry.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 dessertspoon butter
    • 2 small onions, roughly chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 4 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
    • 1 tablespoon madras paste
    • 2 teaspoons madras powder
    • 1 teaspoon tandoori masala powder
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 150g tomato puree
    • 500g tomato passata
    • 100ml water
    • 200g plain yoghurt
    • salt to taste (optional)

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:6hr  ›  Ready in:6hr20min 

    1. Preheat the slow cooker to High setting.
    2. Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onions for about 5 minutes until softened.
    3. Add the garlic and the chicken and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes until the chicken pieces are no longer pink. Stir in the madras paste, madras powder, tandoori masala, garam masala and the tomato puree. Add the passata and water, give a good stir then transfer everything to the slow cooker. Stir in the yoghurt and season to taste.
    4. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours, or on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the sauce is reduced to your preferred consistency.


    Serve with naan bread and basmati rice. Scrummy!

    Passata substitute

    Instead of the passata, you could use a tin of chopped tomatoes.

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    The recipe rocks. It's very similar to the very popular Butter Chicken recipe, with the major difference that it uses tomato passata rather than coconut milk, which makes it much healthier for you. It's also very easy to adjust the strength. My wife doesn't like very spicy stuff (normal Madras) but she loved this. Will be doing this quite frequently I think!  -  03 Feb 2015


    done this tonight, it was nice but not really a madras! Need's a lot more spice added to it to get to the madras standard. I would do this again (Id just add lots more spice to give it that heat kick)  -  17 Feb 2015


    Absolutely lush. I cant say I tweaked it as i used the exact ingredients listed, but just a slightly different quantity due to me wanting to make more to feed more people. Its thick, tasty and the spices used are a mix of perfection. Can easily adjust the spiceyness of it just by using a different powder or less or more of the madras powder. Ive had it with pilau rice and naan bread and rice soaked up the sauce beautifully and the chicken had absorbed all the flavours by the time id finished with the slow cooker. Highly recommended  -  11 Dec 2015