Rich Chicken Curry – North Indian Style

Scroll down for the recipe for North Indian style Chicken curry with spice and cashewnut paste.

Every parent who has googled “Good Parenting” knows that comparing your child with your neighbor’s greener grass, sorry, brighter kid is a big no, no. “Criminal Minds” tells you that unfavorable comparisons will give them an inferiority complex and they will end up as serial killers, favorable comparisons will give them a god complex, and make them, you guessed it, serial killers. Not to worry, this is not true in all cases. My parents told me exactly why the the boy who cracked the IIT-JEE exams would have made a better offspring than me but I luckily ended up a boring person (or maybe I am good at hiding my crimes). Yet, I just bite my lips instead of explaining to my son why the girl who manages to keep quiet for five minutes straight would have made a better child. You see, times have changed and kids are no longer like we were years back, and you don’t want to take risks. Infact, the plates have turned and we live in an age where kids compare parents.


Son: Rahul’s mom bought an apartment in SNN Raj, why don’t you get one as well?

Me: I don’t have so much money.

Son: Can’t you plan to switch jobs then, instead of playing Candy Crush all the time?


Son: Pooja has an Audi and it can fly. Can we exchange the Indica for an Audi?

Me: I would like to know where exactly in Bangalore Pooja flies her Audi.
Son: Excuses, excuses!


Son: Saahil gets a pizza every other week.

Mohammad has 3 automatic toy cars.

Dev’s mom does his homework for him.

Dev went on an international trip last year.

Dev’s mom bought him Nike sports shoes.

Everyone except me are so lucky.

Me: Everyone ‘is’ lucky, not ‘are’.

Son: (Frustrated) Really??

Your Google search will also tell you that in the face of such situations, you must remove yourself from the scene, or count backward from 10 or maybe 100, depending on the level of anger you feel. But when this doesn’t help, maybe you should escape to your kitchen and cook something like this chicken curry I made.

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy


  • Cuisine: north indian
  • Course: side dish
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins


1/2 kg curry cut chicken pieces
1/2 cup curd
10 cashewnuts
1/4 cup water
Spice Paste
10 dried red chili
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon grated coconut
1 cm piece cinamon
2 cloves
2 cardamoms
1 teaspoon kus kus
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
6 cloves garlic
1/2 tablespoon pepper powder
To taste salt
Other Ingredients
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup coconut milk


  1. Mix chicken with curd and let it rest for an hour.
  2. Soak cashewnuts in a quarter cup of water for half an hour, and grind to a smooth paste.
  3. While the chicken is resting, grind together all the ingredients for spice paste along with a few drops of water.
  4. In a pan, heat oil and fry the shallots till golden
  5. Add ground spice paste and saute well till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
  6. Mix in chicken pieces along with marinade. Add about a quarter cup of water, cover and cook.
  7. Once chicken in done, pour in cashewnut paste and coconut milk. When the gravy comes to boil, remove from heat.

P.S: Dev’s mom, please don’t buy all those things for your kid, it’s wrecking my peace of mind.

P.S.S : I bet she doesn’t have a food blog with the recipe for such a yummy chicken curry! Aha!

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