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Punjabi jeera chicken recipe

Punjabi jeera chicken recipe

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Meaning 'cumin' in many South Asian languages, this tasty jeera chicken curry will fill the family fast, a tried and tested recipe written by Maunika Gowardhan. The light gravy is best mopped up with a flatbread, such as naan or paratha. See method

  • Serves 4
  • Takes 35 mins
  • 371 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free


  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 heaped tbsp Greek-style yogurt
  • 600g boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 200g onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 green finger chillies, slit lengthways
  • 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ lemon, juiced​
  • 15g fresh coriander, chopped
  • naan or rice, to serve (optional)

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    24g 35%
  • Saturates

    5g 24%
  • Sugars

    4g 4%
  • Salt

    0.7g 12%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 7g Protein 29.5g Fibre 3.6g


  1. Coarsely crush the cumin seeds using a pestle and mortar. Transfer to a large mixing bowl with the yogurt and chicken. Toss well to coat, then marinate for 15 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil or ghee in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat. Add the whole cardamom pods and fry for a few secs. Add the onions and cook for 12 mins, stirring well, until lightly golden. Add the chillies and garlic & ginger paste and fry for 1 min.
  3. Add the marinated chicken and fry for 4 mins, stirring continuously. Add the ground coriander and cumin, cover and cook for 5 mins. Season to taste.
  4. Remove the lid, stir well and cook for another 5 mins. Once the chicken is cooked through, turn off the heat and add the garam masala, lemon juice and chopped coriander. Serve with naan or rice, if you like.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

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