Chicken Madras recipe

This chicken Madras recipe is a quick one and relatively cheap. A great change when you want to have something different than Tikka Masala.

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Servings: 6 (0.96 eur/portion)
Cooking time: 1 hour
Difficulty: medium


  • 600 g of chicken breast (or thighs) (4 eur)
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp of minced ginger
  • chilly of your choice to spicy it up
  • 5 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp of powder cumin
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp of powder coriander
  • salt
  • 2 tbsp of madras powder (1 eur for all spices)
  • oil for frying


  • 1 onion (0.2 eur)
  • 1 carrot (0.1 eur)
  • 1 small red pepper (0.2 eur)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger
  • a bit of cabbage (0.3 eur)
  • 1tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of powder cumin
  • 1 tsp of powder coriander


  1. Start sauteing the onion, carrots and pepper in few tablespoons of oil. Cabbage is optional, but you should add it if you have some:
  2. Once they get a bit soft, add the garlic, ginger and turmeric, coriander and cumin.
  3. Blend it until it gets very smooth. Can be smoother than in the picture below, which is recommended, the smoother, the tastier.
  4. In a big pot start sauteing the garlic and ginger paste in a bit of oil, together with the chilly.
  5. Add the tomato paste together with the turmeric, coriander, cumin, paprika an salt.
  6. Add the chicken and cook on medium fire for 5-7 min.
  7. Pour in the gravy and simmer on small to medium fire until the chicken is done and tender (~17-20 min).
  8. Add the madras powder.
  9. It is ready to be served with rice or naan.