Chicken Korma

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Chicken Korma

One of the tasty ingredients in this famous Indian recipe is yoghurt which is very nutritious. Its healthy bacteria help to strengthen our immune system and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of our health. More health benefits of yoghurt below after the recipe.

The Servings:

No of servings: 4 persons

The Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  1. 500g Chicken cut into small pieces

 

Spices & Condiments

  1. Ginger/Garlic paste (1tsp)
  2. Cloves (qty=2)
  3. Cardamoms (qty=2)
  4. Cumin powder (1tbs)
  5. Cinnamon powder (1tsp)
  6. Turmeric powder (½tsp)
  7. Garam masala powder (1tsp)
  8. Tomatoes (qty=3); Fresh and chopped
  9. Onion (qty=1); peeled and finely sliced
  10. Vegetable oil (4tbs)
  11. Green chilli (qty=2)
  12. Yoghurt (2tbs)
  13. Salt and pepper to taste

Herbs

  1. Bay leaves (qty=3)
  2. Mint leaves (qty = 5)
  3. Coriander leaves (5 branches)

The Tasty and Healthy Secret (which makes the difference)

  1. Yoghurt

The Directions (in Easy steps)

  1. In a food processor prepare the Korma paste by grinding the garlic/ginger paste, cardamoms, cloves, tomatoes, and mint leaves into a smooth paste with little water.
  2. In little vegetable oil, fry the onion until light brown
  3. Add the pieces of chicken, the cumin powder, cinnamon powder, turmeric powder, the bay leaves and a little salt and pepper
  4. Stir fry until the chicken is light brown
  5. Add the ground paste and fry for about 5-10 minutes
  6. Add a little water as per the thickness preferred for the gravy and add the green chillies
  7. Add the yoghurt into it, mix well and cook for 5 minutes
  8. Add garam masala, little water and mix well. Salt to taste
  9. Cover and let simmer till the chicken becomes tender and soft
  10. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves

Tips:

Instead of powder, a cinnamon stick of about 2-3 cm can be used.

Health Benefits of Yoghurt:

  1. It reduces the risk of heart disease because it contains vitamin B12 and riboflavin and saturated fat.
  2. It aids in weight management. The calcium in contains helps to burn body fat instead of storing it.
  3. Yoghurt contains saturated fat which increases “good” HDL cholesterol
  4. It may prevents high blood pressure because it contains magnesium, potassium and phosphorous.
  5. It reinforces the immune system
  6. The healthy bacteria in yoghurt helps to combat cold
  7. The probiotics it contains help to improve digestion and to reduce inflammation
  8. The lactic acid in yoghurt helps to protect gums
  9. The calcium and vitamin D helps to reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  10. It helps to recover after hard work-out because it’s rich in protein and carbohydrates

Nutritional Information:

Yoghurt is rich in valuable nutrients such as:

  1. Calcium
  2. B Vitamins (B12 and riboflavin)
  3. Protein
  4. Magnesium, potassium and phosphorus
  5. Vitamin D

Precaution:

Unfortunately yoghurt may hurt some people. It may not be beneficial for everybody. Some people may have a deficiency of lactase, which is the enzyme required to digest the lactose found in yoghurt and milk. The lactose is the milk sugar.

Therefore to prevent diarrhea and abdominal pain, people with lactose intolerance has to definitely avoid yoghurt.

 


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3 comments

  • This recipe sounds good. I will have to try it. One question, you mention that the yogurt adds the health benefits of healthy bacteria. Does this benefit diminish by heating the yogurt? Would this not kill the bacteria?

    Just curious.

    -Frank

    • Hello Frank,

      Thank you so much for the interest in our recipe.
      The yogurt in the recipe is something that will really add a wonderful taste.
      For the good bacteria issue, our nutritionist Dr Olivia will reply soon.

      Enjoy your meal.

    • Thank you Frank for this pertinent question. Well let me explain to you how I prepare homemade yoghurt. So first of all I put to boil one litre of milk. When the milk has started boiling, I switched off the fire, and let the temperature reduce to just below 60. Then I add a tablespoon of previously prepared yoghurt or yoghurt starter.
      After that I need to keep it in a warm place overnight.
      You see the bacterial needs a high temperature to work.
      Bacteria is killed if and only if you keep boiling for over 10 to 15 minutes.
      In this recipe you’ll note that the yoghurt is added almost at the end, when everything is simmering and not boiling at 100c

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