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Video:How to Make Chicken Balti Curry

with Elaine Lemm

Chiken Balti is a favorite curry recipe in Britain. Make it at home with this helpful how-to video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Chicken Balti Curry

Hi, I'm Elaine Lemm from the British and Irish food site and today I'm going to show you how to make one of Britain's most favourite curries, a Chicken Balti.

Ingredients for Chicken Balti Curry

  • 1 / 2 tsp mustard seeds, crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro/coriander, chopped
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 4 dried curry leaves, crushed
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamom
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds
  • 3 green chilies, chopped4
  • cardamom pods, split
  • 1 tbsp ground nut oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cm fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 250 ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large tomato, sliced

Instructions for Making Chicken Balti Curry

To get started with our Chicken Balti I've heated a large pan on the stove and I'm going to add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, and these just need to be in the oil for about 30 seconds, and add the onion. Give that a good stir then just cook to soften the onions slightly. I've mixed together all the dried spices with the green chilli and the fresh coriander and this needs to go in with the onion, the garlic and the ginger. Stir those together. This is really fragrant now so we need to lower the heat to make sure that we don't burn these spices and that needs to cook, just for a couple of minutes.

More Instructions for Making Chicken Balti Curry

After a couple of minutes then I'm going to add the chicken, then we're going to leave this on a low heat for about 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, into here add the stock, the tomato puree, and the bay leaf, and then this now needs to cook, low to medium heat, for about 20 minutes. The Chicken Balti's had about 25 minutes cooking and as you can see the sauce is now lovely and thickened and so finally we need to add a little salt, the fresh coriander leaves, and the tomato.

Once that's all mixed together, then this needs to cook for about another 2 minutes and then it's ready to serve. I would serve this with some fresh warm Naan breads or chapatis.

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