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Coconut Chicken Curry Sauce with Dahl and Rice

If you feel like making a curry, this really is the business. Creamy, spicy and satisfying. The dhal goes with anything.


  • 2 chicken breasts, french trimmed

  • For the marinade

  • 4 tbsp natural greek yoghurt

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • ½ teaspoon garam marsala

  • ¼ tsp turmeric

  • seasoning

  • For the sauce

  • 2 red chillies, deseeded

  • 1 lemon grass root, husks removed

  • 1 tsp toasted coriander seeds

  • juice of 2 limes

  • 2 shallots , finely diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced

  • 1 finger ginger, peeled and grated

  • 2 tbsp peanut oil, for frying

  • 1 tin coconut milk

  • For the Dahl

  • 2 shallots, finely diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ½ tsp cumin

  • 225g split red lentils

  • 600ml vegetable stock

  • salt and pepper

  • 200g basmati rice

  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds

  • ¼ tsp cardamom seeds

  • salt and pepper


  • 1.

    First marinate the chicken breast with the marinade ingredients for a couple of hours before cooking.

  • 2.

    Seal the chicken breasts in a hot pan with olive oil and place in the oven at 200 degrees celcius until cooked (approx 8 to 11 minutes).

  • 3.

    For the coconut curry sauce, place all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Add the peanut oil to the pan, add the ingredients and cook slowly for 4-5 minutes. Then add the coconut milk and bring to the boil and simmer. Reduce down until a creamy consistency is attained.

  • 4.

    To make the dhal, pan fry the shallots, garlic and cumin until softened. Add the red lentils, then pour in the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for approx 20-30 minutes until the liquid has evaporated. To make the fragrant rice, put the rice and spices in a pan with double the amount of water to rice. Season and bring to boil and simmer until cooked. To serve, place the rice into a greased mould and turn out onto the plate. Slice the chicken into three, place around the rice and spoon over a generous amount of the curry sauce. Serve the dhal as a side dish.

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