Simple Gurkha Chicken Recipe

Simple Gurkha Chicken Recipes

Ingredients :

3 tbsp vegetable oil

8 chicken drumsticks

2 large onions, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, crushed

5cm (2 inch) piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp cayenne pepper

6 tbsp water

250g (8 oz) tomatoes, roughly chopped

150ml (1/4 pint) thick Greek yogurt

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1 tbsp garam masala

1/2 tsp salt

juice of 1 lemon

Method :

Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the chicken drumsticks until the skin is crisp. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm. Add the onions, garlic and ginger to the pan and fry until the onions are soft and golden.

Reduce the heat and add the cumin, turmeric, ground coriander, cayenne and 1 tbsp of the water and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, yogurt and half of the chopped coriander. Increase the heat, return the chicken to the pan with the remaining water and bring to the boil.

Sprinkle the garam masala over the chicken, cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Season to taste. Just before serving and the salt and lemon juice and the remaining chopped coriander.

Serves 4

This is a version of a chicken dish regularly cooked by the Gurkha regiment at Sandhurst. Serve with plenty of boiled rice to soak up the juices.

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