Ultimate Chicken Balti Recipe
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The ultimate, from scratch Balti Paste and Chicken Balti Recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
For the Balti Paste
  • 1 large onion
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp kashmiri (or normal red) chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
For the Chicken Balti
  • 2 dried kashmiri chilli seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick (approx 2 inch piece)
  • 150ml water (or chicken stock for richer flavour)
  • 250g sieved tomato passata or can chopped tomatoes
  • 600g cubed chicken
  • ½ small red pepper, sliced
  • ½ small green pepper, sliced
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp dried fenugreek leaves
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped (for garnish)
To make the Balti paste
  1. Roughly chop 1 onion
  2. Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil to the pan and fry the onion
  3. Continue frying on a medium-high heat until the onion is golden brown
  4. Drain the onion and allow to cool for 5 minutes
  5. Add the onions and the rest of the paste ingredients to a blender
  6. Blend until you get a red Balti curry paste
To make the chicken curry
  1. Add 2 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee to a saucepan and turn on the heat
  2. Add the dried kashmiri chilli flakes and cinammon stick to the oil
  3. Allow to mix through the oil for 2 minutes, then add 2 tbsp of balti paste (more if you want a stronger flavour)
  4. Fry the paste for 2 minutes until the oils begin to seperate and bubble to the top
  5. Add the water and tomato passata, stir well and bring to the boil
  6. Add the chicken and sliced red and green peppers and cook for 15 minutes
  7. After 15 minutes check the seasoning, add more salt if required
  8. Ensure the chicken is almost cooked through
  9. Add the dried fenugreek leaves, garam masala and ground coriander
  10. Cook through for 2 minutes then serve
Recipe by MongolianKitchen.com at https://mongoliankitchen.com/ultimate-chicken-balti/