Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Koli Ishtew - Indian Chicken Stew

I am an avid viewer of Saturday Kitchen, apart from the fact that I love James Martin (especially his gorgeous arms and hands) the recipes are always fantastic and there's plenty of banter, bad jokes and gorgeous recipes.

So a few weeks ago Atul Kocchar (and Donna Hay) was on and made a delicious looking Indian Stew. Atul has a new book out called Simple Indian which is on my christmas list and if the stew was anything to go by it's set to be a much loved and used book in my kitchen.

It sounds like you need a lot of ingredients but let me tell you it's definitely worth it, this was one of the nicest stew's I've had in AGES, warming and fragrant and creamy, I couldn't recommend it enough!!

So here's what you need and the original recipe is here:


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 boneless chicken breast, cut into four pieces, dusted with little flour, salt, freshly ground black pepper and ground cinnamon
  • 2 star anise
  • 2.5cm/1in cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 4 cloves
  • 4-6 black peppercorns
  • 1 blade mace
  • 1 green chilli, slit open
  • 20g/¾oz fresh ginger, peeled, sliced into matchsticks
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 8-10 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 400ml/14fl oz coconut milk
  • 10-12 baby plum or cherry tomatoes
I cut my chicken breasts up a little smaller as I don't like them too big, I also used reduced fat coconut milk but other than that I stuck to the recipe as it is on the BBC site
  • Heat 1 tbsp of the vegetable oil over a low heat add the chicken fry gentlybut don't let it go brown. When the chicken is almost cooked take it off the heat and put it aside.
  • Heat the rest of the vegetable oil and add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorns and mace. Fry until the spices start to crackle, then add the chilli, ginger, onions and curry leaves. Now I couldn't hear mine crackle so I left them 3 or 4 minutes and then added the onions and fried them until they were translucent.
  • Add the turmeric, coriander, black pepper and cinnamon powder and fry for another couple of minutes.
  • Add the coconut milk and simmer.
  • Add the chicken and the tomatoes and simmer again, now the recipe says 3-4 mins or until the chicken is cooked though but mine was maybe 10 mins I think and the sauce thickened nicely in this time.
I served mine with basmati rice and I have to say it was SO fragrant and delicious, I will definitely be making this again.


lorraine@italianfoodies said...

I love the Saturday Kitchen too but never get to watch it as Soccer Am is on at the same time but last week being sick and holed up in bed the TV was all mine!! That's the lamb shank recipe I'm going to try, it looked so good!! I'm going to give Carluccio's chicken recipe a go too!! This looks delish but you know how biased I am I never make anything like this!!;)

Rachel said...

BOO football!!! I have saturday kitchen on the sky plus so I watch it later in the day normally.

and I didn't think this would be your cup o tea mrs but ya never know you might fancy a change ;-)

Sarah said...

This recipe is right up my street, looks delicious - i'll have to cook it for a gang some night!

Kristen said...

Oh this looks like it would go over great in our house! Yum!

Happy cook said...

I too love watching saturday kitchen.
The curry looks so good.
These days i can't watch them as i've to keep a eye in my daugther as she learns in the morning