INGREDIENTS:

500g boneless chicken
(cut into small cubes),

2 medium onions (300g),

8-10g of ginger (fresh),

3 medium garlic cloves (fresh),

1-2 finger green chilli,

5 cherry tomatoes,

1/2 small green pepper,

11 tbsp veg/olive oil,

1/2 tsp turmeric,

7 tsp (55g) of Mr Huda's Balti Paste,

2 tbsp natural yoghurt,

1/2 tsp chilli powder (optional),

3 or 4 cardomons,

2 bay leaves (if available),

Fresh coriander (if available).


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CHICKEN BALTI - Serves 4

Stage 1 (Puree)
1. Cut 11/2 onion into 1/4's, cut 3 tomatoes into 1/2's, chop the green pepper, ginger (pealed), 1 garlic clove, green chilli and a little coriander.

2. Put the above in a small sauce pan
together with 4 tbsp oil, 1/4 tsp turmeric, salt and cup of warm water (around 200/ 250 ml) covered with lid.

3. Gently boil the vegetables until soft (approximately 15/20 mins) stirring occasionally.

4. When cooked place in a blender to make into puree.

Final stage
1. Heat 7 tbsp of oil (moderate heat) in a medium sized sauce pan.

2. Add 2 crushed garlic cloves, cardomons and the bay leaves and slowly fry until the garlic is golden.

3. Add rest of the onions (finely sliced) and the rest of the chopped tomatoes with salt and cook to soften (stirring regularly).

4. Add the Mr Huda's Balti Paste, chilli powder and
cook for 1-2 mins (stirring continuously).

5. Add the yoghurt and cook for 1-2 mins (stirring continuously).

6. Add the ready blended puree and cook for further 1/4 mins (stirring occasionally, covered).

7. Add the chickens with a little warm water (around 125/150ml) and on full heat bring to boil and cook for around 3-4 mins (covered, stirring occasionally).

8. Back to moderate / low heat, leave to simmer (covered) for 45 mins to 1 hour (stirring occasionally) or until the required moisture (add more water if you prefer more sauce or cook on higher heat slightly longer with lid semi opened for thicker sauce).

9. Once cooking is nearly over add the chopped coriander and leave the curry to settle for 10-15 mins before serving.