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Chicken Red Lentil Curry

chicken-red lentil curry

Protein rich chicken and red lentil curry…

While making a healthy chicken curry, I like to add either veggies or lentils which will also make it a nutritious dish. I always have a soft corner for chick peas and red lentils, I tend to add them to most of my non-veg and veg dishes. One of my favorite chicken curries is this one, red lentils are added along with the chicken. A healthy and nutritious chicken curry, goes really well with chapati, rice rotis or rice.

For veggie version: Spinach and red lentil curry recipe, click here.

chicken red lentil curry

Chicken Red Lentil Curry
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Recipe type: Curry
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
  • Oil- 1½ tbsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole red dry chilies- 2
  • Onion, chopped- 1
  • Ginger-garlic paste- ½ tbsp
  • Tomatoes, chopped- 2
  • Boneless chicken breast, cubed- 2 breasts (or use thighs)
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp (or more according to your spice level)
  • Coriander powder- 1½ tsp
  • Ground Cumin- ½ tsp
  • Garam masala-1/2 tsp
  • Red lentil- ¾ cup
  • Tomato sauce- ½ cup
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls
  • Salt- to taste
  1. Place a non-stick pan saucepan over medium heat, add oil.
  2. Add cumin seeds and whole red dry chilies, saute for a few seconds till aromatic.
  3. Add onion, season with little salt and saute till translucent.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste, saute for a minute.
  5. Add tomatoes, cook for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add cubed chicken breast, combine well.
  7. Season chicken with chili powder, coriander powder, ground cumin, garam masala and salt. Combine and cook covered till chicken has almost cooked.
  8. Add red lentil and tomato sauce, combine well and cook till lentils are cooked.
  9. Add ½ cup water to thin down the gravy and cook for a few more minutes.
  10. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  11. Add ground pepper and cilantro, combine well and cook for a minute.
  12. Remove the pan from the heat and keep it covered for sometime.
  13. Serve this curry with rice, chapati, roti, orotti, appam etc.



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