Chicken and pistachio curry

Chicken and pistachio curry

This chicken and pistachio curry recipe comes from one of my favourite cookbooks, The Kitchen Revolution (full disclosure, I got this for free as I used to work for this publisher). The idea is that it gives you a week worth of meal planning, but I pretty much never use it like that, and just use the individual recipes instead. This is a recipe Peter cooked recently* and it was really tasty and very different from the usual curries we have prepared at home. The recipe in the book calls for cream, but he replaced this with yoghurt to make it a little bit healthier. We also left out a couple of ingredients – 7 green chillies, because P doesn’t like really spicy food, and 1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, because I hate fennel.


  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • Thumb sized piece of ginger, roughly chopped
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 450ml natural yoghurt
  • 150g shelled pistachio nuts (top tip: buy these pre-shelled because this is a LOT of pistachios to shell yourself, we learned the hard way)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Brown rice

Step one: Heat a bit of the oil in a saucepan and cook the onions on a low heat until soft.

Step two: Add the cardamom seeds, ground coriander, cumin, cinnamon and turmeric into the pan and cook for a few minutes. Add in the yoghurt and bring to a soft boil.

Step three: Put the cooked ingredients into a blender along with the ginger and pistachio nuts. Blend to a paste. It should be the consistency of single cream, so if you need to thin it out, add some water.

Step four: Cook the chicken meat in a casserole dish with a bit of oil. Once cooked, pour the sauce over it and simmer for about 25 minutes.

Step five: Meanwhile, cook the brown rice following the instructions on the packet. When that’s ready, serve with the chicken in sauce, a sprinkling of pistachios and something green on the side.

Chicken and pistachio curry 1

*Peter cooking and me taking photos seems to be becoming a bit of a trend lately. I am just so tired when I get home from work these days! I’ve been going to sleep at around 8:30, just an hour and a bit after I get home, so to save me some time, he’s been doing a lot (/all) of the cooking. He’s kind of my hero right now.

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