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South Indian Chicken Curry
with potatoes / cauliflower / peas / rice

Active: 30 min Total: 45 min
This Indian curry gets its rich flavor from an easy mix of spices without the spicy heat that exists in some other curries. It is loaded with chicken and tons of vegetables for a healthy, satisfying dish that is great with a dollop of tangy yogurt and served over rice.


South Indian Chicken Curry:
  • Cauliflower - 2 cups , florets
  • Ginger - 1 Tbsp , grated
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb , chopped
  • Rice, uncooked white or brown - 1 cup
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 3 cups
  • Coconut milk, light (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1/2 can
  • Peas, sweet (frozen or fresh) - 1 cup
  • Boiled baby potatoes (listed separately) - 3/4 lb , halved
  • Limes - 1/2 , juice of
  • Yogurt, Greek or plain (sub sour cream) - 1/2 cup
South Indian Spice Mix:
  • Garam masala - 2 tsp
  • Curry powder, yellow (such as Madras) - 2 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon, ground - 1/8 tsp
Boiled Baby Potatoes (enough for 2 nights):
  • Potatoes, baby, preferably yellow-skinned - 1 1/2 lbs


  1. Spice mix - Combine garam masala, curry powder, cumin and cinnamon. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Cauliflower / Ginger / Garlic - Prep as directed. Combine ginger and garlic in one container. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Boil potatoes - If making Wednesday’s steak, boil potatoes for both nights together. Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the size of potatoes). Drain and rinse under cool water. If making Wednesday's meal, set half the boiled potatoes aside. When cool enough to handle, slice potatoes (just the portion for Tuesday's meal) in half. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Chicken - Chop and then season with salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork.

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  1. Rice - For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. While rice cooks, heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then chicken to heated oil. Saute until chicken is golden brown on the outside, 3 to 4 minutes (it doesn’t need to be cooked all the way through but will finish cooking in the liquid). Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside. Return pan to heat.
  3. Add butter to hot pan. When melted, add ginger, garlic and spice mix and saute until fragrant, ~2 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir to combine with seasonings. Add stock and cauliflower. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add coconut milk, peas, chicken and potatoes to the pan and continue cooking until everything is heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Squeeze lime juice over cury and season to taste with salt, pepper and spices (remember different spices and stock have varying tastes, so you may need to adjust). Serve over rice with yogurt on top. Enjoy!



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