Doctor’s Kitchen 3-2-1: Almond Chicken Curry

Serves 2

About this recipe

This is most definitely my favourite curry. Forgive the long list of spices (the dish is actually quite forgiving if you don’t have them all) but the incredible blend of aromatics, almond flavour and bittersweet amchur is spectacular. You will thank me.


Cook’s tip

Amchur powder has a sour, fruity flavour. If you can’t get it, add 1 tablespoon tamarind paste with the tomatoes.


Use cooked chickpeas for a plant-based version.

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  • 12 fresh curry leaves
  • 2 fresh kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp amchur (dried mango) powder
  • 15g piece of root ginger (about 1.5cm), grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 60g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 200g skinless, boneless chicken thighs, sliced
  • 400ml boiling water
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 250g ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 160g spinach, roughly chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To Serve

  • 15g fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds

Throw all the leaves and spices, ginger, garlic and almonds into a dry lidded pan and toast over a medium heat for 1–2 minutes.

Add the ghee or coconut oil and stir for another 1–2 minutes.

Add the chicken and stir to colour and coat in the spices for 2 minutes.

Add the water, tomato purée and tomatoes and season. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the tomatoes have broken down to a thick sauce.

Add the spinach for the last few minutes of cooking until wilted.

Remove and serve scattered with the coriander and flaked almonds.

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

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Dinner, Lunch, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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