and Pilau Rice
1h 30 min 4 servings

100g Lurpak butter

2 red onions, sliced

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp ground coriander

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp chilli powder

2.5 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

500g skinless chicken breast, cut into 2cm chunks

2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tbsp mustard seeds

400ml chicken stock or water

2 tsp ground fenugreek

For the pilau rice:

1 tsp coriander seeds

4 cardamom pods

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

100g Lurpak butter

1 onion, finely chopped

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp mustard seeds

300g basmati rice

500ml water or chicken stock


25g butter

2 red onions, sliced.



Over a medium heat melt 30g butter and cook the onions and garlic for 10 minutes until soft and starting to brown slightly. Then add the ground coriander, ground cumin, turmeric, chilli, ginger and cook for a couple of minutes to release the flavours of the spices.

Place the chicken in the pan with the spices and mix to evenly coat all the pieces and brown the chicken.

In a separate medium sized frying pan, add 1 tbsp butter and when sizzling add the cumin sees, mustard seeds and cook for 1 minute.  Pour this mixture into the chicken with the fenugreek. Season with salt and black pepper.

Add the chicken stock or water and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 20 minutes. Dot over the remaining butter and stir into the curry until all the butter is melted.  Set aside and make the rice.

To make the rice, grind the coriander, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon and bay leaves in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder.

Melt half the butter in a heavy based pan and add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 mins.  Add the turmeric and mustard seeds and ground spices.  Fry for 1-2 minutes over a medium heat until the mustard seeds start popping.

Stir in the rice and coat with the spice mixture.  Add the stock and season with salt and black pepper.  Stir and when the rice begins to bubble, turn the heat down low and cover with a tight fitting lid.  Cook for 10 minutes and then turn off the heat and leave for a further 10 minutes.

Meanwhile fry the red onions in the butter for 10 minutes until golden.

When the rice is cooked, dot the butter over the rice and fluff with a fork.  Put the cover back on the rice and leave until ready to serve.

Serve the rice with the butter chicken, naan bread, lemon wedges, coriander and top with red onions.

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