Chicken curry

Cooking time: 15 min. / 25 min.Difficulty: easy

RecipesSri Lanka

I was walking on the train trails, passing a beautiful house made of ground, in front of which kids and dogs were playing. Kids were all smiles and calling at me "hello, what is your name?". So we started chatting, whole family joined us and they were so nice and as a bonus I got invitation for a Sunday lunch. One of the dishes was chicken curry. Most of curries in Sri Lanka are vegetarian. If it is with meat, the most common is the chicken one. And it was amazing!


Chop chicken on middle size pieces, bones included. Add meat curry, salt and chopped tomatoes. Mix it and add bit of water.

Heat oil on a very high flame, fry onions, garlic, ginger, cardamon, curry leaves, pandan leaves and lemon grass. Crush the lemon grass a bit before, that the aroma came out better. Fry 1-2 minutes, then add the chicken mix, fry about 2 minutes uncovered, then cover it and stew on a smaller flame about 20 minutes.

Serve with rice and other Sri Lankan curries.


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Video recipe

Chicken curry

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For 4 portions:

  • 1/2 chicken
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 25 g meat curry mix
  • pinch of salt
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1-2 pandan leaves cut on 3 cm pieces (optional)
  • 2 red onions chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2-3 cm fresh ginger crushed
  • 7 green cardamon pods ground
  • 1 lemon grass
  • coconut or vegetable oil

Side dish:

  • rice

Authentic tools needed:

  • clay pot
  • mortar
  • Rice harvest in Sri Lanka - by Authentic World Food
  • Curry leaves sold on Sri Lankan market - by Authentic World Food
  • Sri Lankan family, which I learned from how to cook this chicken curry - by Authentic World Food