White Chicken Qorma with Rice

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Serves 2-3

Chicken Qorma (also known as Korma) is a luxurious and delicious dish that is really easy to prepare and makes a delightful change from the regular reddish curries! Love it with Rice and Naan. Finger-licking goodness!

Ingredients for Chicken Marinade
boneless chicken breasts, cubed (about 250 gm)
- marinate the chicken in these ingredients for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight:
1 tsp
turmeric powder
1 tsp
coriander powder
1 tsp
red chilli flakes
1/2 tsp
cumin powder
1/4 tsp
garlic paste
1 tbsp
Other Ingredients
1/2 tsp
whole cumin seeds
cinnamon stick
cardamom pods
medium onion, chopped finely
1/2 tsp
garlic paste
1 tsp
ginger paste
1/2 cup
sour cream or yoghurt (I prefer sour cream)
1/2 cup
coconut milk
2 tbsp
green chillies, chopped
1/4 cup
coriander leaves, chopped
1 tsp
corn flour
salt to taste
juice of half lemon
almonds for garnishing

Do not add any red chilli powder to this dish as it will change the color of the curry. For extra spice, use red chili flakes, green chilies or pepper powder.

Heat oil in a pan, followed by the whole spices (cumin, cardamom, cinnamon). Let them splutter then add the chopped onions and fry until slightly golden, then add the ginger and garlic pastes. Fry for a minute, then add the chicken and increase the heat to medium high. Fry for about 5 minutes until chicken turns white, then slowly add the sour cream/yoghurt and the coconut milk. Stir well and lower the heat to low, cover the pan and let these simmer for 10 mins, giving a stir every now and then.

Check the gravy, if you feel you prefer it with a bit extra gravy, then add as much water as you need, and then mix the 1 tsp. of flour/corn flour with a bit of water and add it to the dish. This will help thicken the gravy slightly. Add the slit green chilli. Continue to simmer for another 10-15 minutes.

Once the chicken is nice and tender, turn off the heat, then add the chopped coriander, salt and lemon juice. If you notice, the salt is added right at the end, this helps keep the chicken very moist, flavourful and tender. If you add the salt too early, the chicken pieces will be dry and rubbery.

Give the chicken about 5 minutes to let the flavours infuse before serving, you can garnish with some almonds if you like. Serve with rice and naan! :)


I was wondering if the coconut milk was necessary in the recipe?

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Adds a distinctive flavour. Otherwise use cooking cream.

can i use coconut milk powder? instead of coconut milk? :/

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can, dissolve it as per the package instructions and use.

Salamu Alaikum fauzi'a,pls can I use normal cream or whipin cream cos I can't find sour cream,or how wil I get 2make at home?

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W/Salaam, yes you can use normal cooking cream if you don't find sour cream.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes that is right.

Whats cumin seed?? It's jeera??

How many people does this recipe serve?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Would serve 2-3.

U don't have Singaporean rice??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes I do, in the International folder.

Hi Fauzia.....thanks a lot for ur worderful receipe.... i keep on doing everyday .... I also like to know if I can have your fish curry receipe..... Thanks again a lot

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, and thank you. Yes you can check the Seafood folder for my fish karahi recipe. Really good. :)

Salam!! What can we use instead of coconut milk? Thanks.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, you can use cream.

A.a shukran fauzia I hv tried soo many dishes an zebra cake turned out owsomme pls cn u add salt bisc. For us thnks .

slm, pls can u explain to me how i can cook couscous

Hi, I tried this and it turned out well.

Because of the coconut milk, I thought it would be Thai-ish rather than desi - but then again, it's not called 'qorma' for nothing! Speaking of Thai cuisine, how come u don't have any Thai recipes?

Also, although I used all the ingredients as mentioned, it still turned out a regular brown color. I don't know why!

Also, should the almonds used for garnishing be chopped or whole?

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Hi, thanks. Will definitely try and add some thai recipes inshaAllah. Not sure why the colour was brown for you, maybe the onions were fried a bit too long or the spices used were very dark. In any case as long as you enjoyed the taste, am glad! The almonds can be either whole or chopped, depends on personal taste.