A Pakistani Chicken and Spinach Curry recipe

Spinach is a wonderful accompaniment to a traditional Pakistani curry. DESIblitz presents a tantalising spinach and chicken curry to try.

A Spicy Pakistani Chicken and Spinach Curry

This recipe is a variation on the classic Pakistani Karahi recipe

Spinach is a bit of a super food.

Flavourful, healthy and versatile, it makes a great addition to any savoury dish.

Spinach is great in salads, but because it cooks in next to no time, it’s also perfect for quick meals.

If you’re in a hurry and need something healthy that will fill you up, then try this Pakistani inspired spinach and chicken curry recipe, courtesy of DESIblitz.

Spinach and Chicken Curry: (Serves 4, prep time 10 mins, cooking time 20 mins)

Ingredients:

  • 500g chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 bag of fresh spinach
  • 1 red and 1 green chilli, deseeded and diced
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 100mls water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

A Spicy Pakistani Chicken and Spinach Curry

Method:

  1. In a well oiled pan, add mustard seeds and cook for 30 seconds
  2. Add the onions and garlic, stir well and sweat for 2-3 minutes or until onions become translucent
  3. Add the spice mix and chillies, coat the mixture well and cook for a further 1-2 minutes
  4. Add the chicken and cook through for about 10 minutes
  5. Add small amounts of the water to the mixture to keep it moist
  6. When the chicken is nearly done, add the spinach in small batches, waiting for it to wilt down, and mix well
  7. Serve with rice.

Spinach’s origins are thought to lie in ancient Persia, although the plant can be found all across central and western Asia.

A Spicy Pakistani Chicken and Spinach Curry

Well known for being a good source of iron and vitamin K (for bones and preventing heart disease), Spinach is also rich in B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Put simply, having some spinach in your diet will stop you getting sick, strengthen your bones and help prevent you from dying unexpectedly.

This particular recipe is a variation on the classic Pakistani Karahi recipe, swapping the tomatoes out for the spinach. Although fresh spinach is always welcome, this dish can also be made using the canned variety.

A spoonful of natural yogurt is also a welcome addition if you want to make a sauce with a creamier consistency.

This recipe is perfect for weekday nights, when you are in a rush but still want to eat well. Enjoy!

Tom is a political science graduate and an avid gamer. He has a great love of science fiction and chocolate, but only the latter has made him gain weight. He has no life motto, instead just a series of grunts.

Photos by DESIblitz. Additional images courtesy of ImgPin

Recipe adapted from Talha Malik


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