This is a simple korma curry recipe for the whole family
This chicken banana curry is a mild curry that is great for those nights when you really want a takeaway. It’s really easy to cook. You pretty much throw in all the ingredients and leave it to simmer.
You could also make this in the slow cooker but you would need to add the banana, cornflour, and yogurt right at the very end, just before serving.
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So far we have made:
What should I have with chicken and banana curry?
You can have whatever you want with a chicken curry. That’s the best thing about it. We normally have a mixture of:
If you like the idea of making your own homemade naan bread then you’ll need:
1x 7g sachet dried yeast
2 tsp golden caster sugar
300g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
5g tsp baking powder
150ml natural yogurt
Start by adding the white flour and yeast together with the sugar. Then add 125ml of warm water to the bowl with the baking powder then mix so all the contents come together.
Lay it on a floured surface and roll it out until it stops sticking. You may need to add a little bit of extra flour.
Cut into six to eight balls and flatten them.
Heat a hot pan (with no oil) and add them one at a time. They normally take about three minutes or so per side but keep an eye on them as they do burn easily.
Chicken and banana curry recipe
This chicken and banana curry is really easy to make and great for the whole family. It has very little heat in it and the curry sauce is quite thick which covers rice nicely.
We can add more bananas if you wish but we only normally use one.
You can also swap the vegetable oil for a dash of water if you want to make this dish extra healthy.
This curry recipe does take about 30 minutes to cook but it is well worth the wait! This chicken and banana curry below is made for four people but you can scale it up with more chicken and add some frozen vegetables.
2 teaspoons vegetable oil 5p
400g chicken breasts £2
100g frozen onion 20p
50g apple 50p
10g cloves of garlic 5p
2 tablespoons korma curry paste 7p
400ml chicken stock 5p
25g raisins 15p
25g chopped ready-to-eat apricots 20p
300g easy-cook long-grain brown rice 40p
1 tablespoon cornflour 5p
100g banana 14p
60g fat-free natural yogurt 10p
1 tablespoon dried coriander 4p
Total: £4 that’s £1 a head per four people.
Start by cooking the chicken, frozen onion, apple, and garlic into a wok or saucepan. Wait until the chicken has slightly browned.
Add the curry paste and cook for a minute or so.
Add the stock, raisins, and apricots. This gives them time to get soft. Bring the whole pan to a boil and let it simmer slowly for about 30 minutes. You may need to add more water if it looks like it is sticking.
Weigh out your rice and get that on the go. It normally takes about 25-30 minutes to cook brown rice.
When you are ready to serve your curry, add the cornflour and stir in. This will help make the curry a bit thicker.
Slice or mash the banana depending on what consistency you like. We normally slice ours.
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Stir in the yogurt off the heat and serve with your rice and any other sides you have.
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