Dry chicken curry is chicken pieces braised in a combination of dry and powdered masala. Much like Chicken Chukka, a less known restaurant favourite than korma and chicken tikka masala, it does not contain added tomatoes or water like Durban a chicken curry does. It cooks on low heat with moisture from the chicken itself. The combination of onion and masalas form a thick lush sauce like coating around the meat. It is best served with a vegetable accompaniment, I recommend Dhal and soft roti to mop it up.
This post features a few chicken curry FAQ, scroll to view or go straight to the recipe.
Chicken Curry FAQ
How to a dry Chicken Curry
The two main components of this dish firstly the use of two masalas and second is that it cooks on low heat so that you don‘t use added water to the dish. The word dry may be misleading because the chicken in this recipe is quite juicy. Dry refers to the lack of water and thick spice coating rather than the texture of the chicken. To make the chicken succulent I usually brown it on high heat in an open pan then slow cook on low heat with the lid on the pot.
This releases the moisture within the meat and gives it it‘s succulent texture like in my barbecue chicken drumsticks recipe.
What Masala to use for Dry Chicken Curry
Chicken Chukka uses two Masala‘s, a wet masala made up of ginger and garlic, fresh green chilli and coriander and a dry one made with a combination of chilli and other powdered spice.
For this recipe I used mother-in-law masala, Durban’s blend of fiery yet fragrant masala. Alternatively use Durban masala which is a medley of aromatic sweet spices and pungent ones. The combination of the two masalas and onion form a thick sauce around the meat.
Which chicken pieces to use for chicken curry
How to Store Chicken Curry
Can chicken curry be reheated twice? , yes depending on the duration between the first and second time it is heated. If with the same day then yes. In my experience it never lasts more than two days, it is always eaten .But if you have curry left over it is best to freeze or refrigerate in small portions rather than reheat a big portion every time. This recipe freezes easily, simply leave in the fridge overnight to defrost or microwave. It is best not to leave chicken out of the fridge overnight.
What to eat with Chicken Curry
Dry Chicken Curry Recipe
I have used the same method as Chicken chukka in this recipe. It is has a wet spice component and a dry one. The difference in recipes are that some marinate the meat in the masalas then fry with onions and others fry spices first then immerse the meat. I have opted for browning the meat first then frying the wet masala and onion and finally the spices.
Dry Chicken Thighs
This recipe can be adapted to make spicy chicken thighs. Follow the same instructions in the recipe, except use only chicken thighs, to make the perfect bites.