Thursday, October 16, 2014

Recipe: Spicy and Sweet Tamarind Chicken Curry

Made this for my boyfriend yesterday and he said this was the nicest curry I have ever made him! Tamarind is a fruit, used a lot in Indian and Arabic cuisine, that has a sweet and very tangy flavour. You may think you have never tried it, but as a sign of our old British empire, you will find tamarind in both HP sauce and Worcestershire sauce! You can find tamarind paste in the world section of most supermarkets, or in an Asian shop. Feel free to use less garlic if you want, and more hot sauce if needed- make it as spicy or as mild as you like!

Spicy and Sweet Tamarind Chicken Curry (serves 2)

25g butter
1 red onion, peeled and diced
8 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
2 large handfuls fresh coriander, chopped (plus extra for garnish)
15g ginger paste
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp paprika
90g Pataks Korma Curry Paste
400ml chicken stock
250g coconut cream
30g tamarind paste
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
2 tsp of your favourite hot sauce (I used House of Chilli Hot Habanero Heaven chilli sauce)
2 bay leaves
250g leftover roast chicken, diced
Salt, sugar and pepper to taste

1)      Fry onions, garlic, 1 handful of the fresh coriander, and ginger, in the butter for 6 minutes. Add the turmeric, paprika and curry paste, and cook for a further 2 minutes.
2)      Add the stock, coconut cream, tamarind, chopped tomatoes, bay leaves and hot sauce, and cook on a low medium heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
3)      Add the other handful of coriander and the roast chicken, and cook for a further 10 minutes on a medium heat, stirring often. Season to taste, and serve with rice and extra coriander on top if desired.


  1. Looks really lovely. I think curry is the ultimate comfort food.

  2. Thanks Shauna- i've always found curry really comforting too- my mum always made the most amazing vegetables curries for me when i was growing up, and i've had more funny meals at Indian restaurants with my family than i can count! Maybe it's something about the spices, whenever us lot got for an Indian meal, we all end up laughing hysterically about almost nothing!