Another Almost… Chicken Korma

by zesty on March 31, 2009 · 15 comments

I know it is Tuesday already and I can’t believe it either.  Yesterday was quite a day let me tell you.  As you know, it is Spring and we had a big winter storm here. Grrrrr I know! It stinks.

All was not lost however, the day got better.  I was able to purchase two tickets for the U2 Concert in September which is super exciting. In addition to that, a while back I was part of the active living community at the office and yesterday they had a draw for all participants. Well, I was fortunate enough to win a one year gym membership at the University!  Maybe you’ll get to see buff zesty!


Now I bet you are wondering about the title of this post.  I do not consider myself a creator of authentic Indian cuisine and therefore do not want to come off as a Chicken Korma expert.  I just created a basic sauce with spices, tomato paste and coconut milk.

You can see all the details below.



  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 Tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp. ground cardamom seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/4 Cups coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 2 Boned chicken breasts (sliced)
  • 1 Cup sliced Button Mushrooms
  • 2 Large carrots (sliced on bias)


  1. Preheat saute pan to medium high heat.
  2. Add oil and garlic and cook gently.
  3. Add chicken, mushrooms, carrots and pepper and cook for 6 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add to a side bowl.
  5. Add tomato paste, spices, coconut milk and cook on low for 10 minutes (be sure not to bring to a boil as the milk will burn).
  6. Add chicken, mushrooms, carrots and pepper back into the pan – simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Prepare basmati rice and serve chicken korma on top of the rice.
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  9. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When cooking sauces like in chicken korma, the longer you let it simmer the better the flavors will come together.  You can even do this korma in the slow cooker.  If you do however, brown the chicken and vegetables before adding them to the slow cooker.

Question of the day: Do you have a favorite Indian dish?  If so, which one?

Have a great Tuesday and I will see you tomorrow.

Take care


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren

That’s awesome about winning a free 1 year gym membership – congrats!

I love Indian food, and would have a tough time choosing a favorite. Anything spicy works for me. Your chicken korma looks fantastic!


2 Christie @ Fig & Cherry

The longer simmer is a good tip. Also if you let it cool and refrigerate it’s even better heated up the next day when the flavours have had time to mingle. Yummy!


3 Jessica

This looks fantastic, I’m going to give this a try!


4 VeggieGirl



5 ttfn300

looks delicious!!


6 HoneyB

Sounds delicious and easy to make! Congrats on winning the membership!


7 Pearl

zesty oh my gosh i love everything with cumin! and saffron-infused dishes always entice me :). yaay on winning the gym membership!


8 K

Woohoo for U2!! That would be fun! The only Indian food I’ve tried is a prepackaged one from Trader Joe’s – I know, I’m missing out!!


9 gina (fitnessista)

mmm i LOVE indian food! my favorite dish is baigan bhartha which is pureed eggplant with tomatoes, peas and spices. it’s amazing!
i’ll definitely have to try out your recipe for the hubby- he would love it!
would you mind if i sent you an email regarding some blog help (since your are the layout master of the blog world)??? my old school layout is driving me crazy and technology and i don’t get along very well….
have a great day!


10 rhodeygirl

great photos zest!

love the smoothie recipe yum yum yum


11 healthy ashley

A free gym membership is great! Congrats on getting the tickets :)

The dish looks amazing. I’ve never had an Indian dish (or even an almost!!) but want to try it!!


12 Lisa D

that sauce looks awesome. great tips! I love foods that get better with time because I ALWAYS have leftovers. By the way, my stomach is grumbling!!


13 Marianne

Looks like a great dish. I’ve never actually had chicken korma. My fave Indian dishes are butter chicken and potato pea curry. Yum!


14 Katrina Morales

That looks D-LICIOUS! I am definitely going to be making this recipe! I don’t really have a favorite Indian dish because I don’t know what any of them are called! hahaha I just know what they look like. It’s probably because the only Indian restaurant I have gone to had a lunch buffet. It was soooo good though, not one of those scary buffets that have been sitting out since the stone age. It’s called the Taj Mahal in Lancaster, PA. Yes… I went to Amish country and skipped the smorgasbords to go to an Indian restaurant!


15 Lynn @LynnATL

This looks so delicious. Can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!


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