Chicken & Pea Korma With Tzatziki

This curry has delicate flavours that your child will love.

by Callum Hann |
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Preparation Time

25 minutes + 30 minutes marinade






Blend the chicken curry until smooth - add rice for extra texture.

Finger Food

Pick out pieces of cooked chicken and serve with chunks of naan bread


  • 130g thick Greek yoghurt

  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, finely grated

  • a handful of coriander (cilantro), stems finely chopped, leaves reserved

  • 1 tbsp garam masala

  • 6 boneless, skinless free-range chicken thighs

  • 2 tbsp canola oil

  • 1 brown onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • ½ a red capsicum (pepper), seeded and thinly sliced

  • 1½ tbsp tomato paste (concentrated purée)

  • 2 tsp curry powder

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • Pot of tzatziki

  • 1 green apple (such as granny smith), coarsely grated, seeds removed

  • 75g frozen peas

  • 25g flaked almonds (optional)

  • Cooked white rice or naan bread, to serve (optional)

Korma is one of those please-all Indian curries that children will love as much as adults. For a vegetarian version, swap the chicken out for sweet potato or pumpkin. Prepare for your kitchen to smell delicious...

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the yoghurt, garlic, ginger, coriander stems and 2 teaspoons of the garam masala.

  2. Cut each chicken thigh into nine pieces then stir into the yoghurt mixture, cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or ideally for 1–3 hours, if you have time.

  3. If you are making rice, start it just before you start cooking the korma.

  4. Heat a large heavy-based saucepan over a high heat. Add the canola oil, then the onion and capsicum and stir for 3–5 minutes, or until the onion starts to turn golden brown. Add the tomato paste, curry powder, salt and the remaining garam masala, and cook for a further 2–3 minutes, stirring frequently, before adding the chicken and yoghurt mixture.

  5. Cook for 8–13 minutes, stirring often, or until the yoghurt has started to brown and the chicken has just cooked through (piping hot flesh with no sign of pink in the juices). Turn the heat off.

  6. Meanwhile, roughly chop half the coriander leaves and stir them through the tzatziki with the grated apple.

  7. Stir the frozen peas through the korma. The second they have warmed through in the korma, put the taztziki in the middle of the table with the rice or naan bread.

  8. Scatter over the remaining coriander leaves and flaked almonds (if using) and serve.

I'd Eat That by Callum Hann

Recipe and image from I’d Eat That by Callum Hann (Murdoch Books, £9.99)

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