South Indian Chicken Curry – recipe by Nik Sharma… with a few little changes…

This recipe is fantastic! It was so tasty… I have not really made many Indian recipes though Murray & I really like Indian cuisine

The author of this recipe is all over Instagram… and in all the cookbook news! I was just given his cookbook called Season. My daughter & her friend made one cake from it & Chai tea. Both were excellent! I am excited to try some of the recipes in this cookbook!!

I found the recipe for this chicken dish on the website A Brown Table… here is a link to the website if you want to look up some other recipes or see this one!

I did not have all the spices needed for this chicken recipe so I went to an Indian spice store & no problem, got what I needed…the recipe calls for freshly grated coconut…I didn’t have this so used dry  unsweetened coconut… also I did not have black peppercorns so I used ground pepper ….& also, Murray does not like cloves so I used less then the recipe called for & used ground cloves….  Even with the changes I made, this chicken was very excellent!

Here is the recipe as I made it, you can check out the original recipe to compare…here is the link to it


2 lb chicken.. I used skinless chicken thighs

2 tbsp oil

1 large red onion

1 large clove of garlic

1 cinnamon stick…which I randomly had in my drawer…. if you don’t have one use some ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp black pepper

4 green cardamons *** this is the spice I had to go buy

1/2 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp ground chili powder

1 tsp tumeric

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp salt

1 can coconut milk *** you can use light

2 tsp cilantro leaves


  1. Prepare your ingredients, dice the onion & mince the garlic. Set aside
  2. The cardamon is used with the pods, so I rinsed then .. (not sure if that was necessary) … they are used cracked, set these aside!
  3. Chop the cilantro , set aside
  4. The recipe called for skinless chicken, so if the chicken you are using has skin on it , then remove it & trim off any excess fat. Set aside
  5. Heat the oil in a large saucepan/stockpot 
  6. Add the red onion & garlic, saute until the onion softens & starts to be translucent
  7. Add the cinnamon, pepper, the cracked cardamon pods, garam masala, chili powder & turmeric, stir & cook for a minute   *** ( I added the tomato paste here as well
  8. Add the chicken to the pot in a single layer as best you can & brown it… turning it over to make sure both sides are browned
  9. Now, add the coconut & give it a stir
  10. Next, add the coconut milk & salt…
  11. Bring this to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer, covered & cook for about 50 – 60 minutes…
  12. When the chicken is cooked adjust the seasoning if you need to…adding more salt if necessary
  13. Serve the chicken garnished with the chopped cilantro
  14. I served this with rice



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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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