Sri Lanka Kukul Mus Thakkali (Chicken And Tomato Curry)

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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1 1/3 kilograms chicken
3 medium tomatoes
50 grams shallots
1 medium chile -- fresh
3 slices ginger
2 cloves garlic
3 whole cardamom
2 whole clove
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 piece cg cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek
2 teaspoons vinegar -- brown
75 milliliters oil
1 bunch curry leaf sprigs
1/2 piece lemon grass stem
300 milliliter coconut milk -- thick
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 medium lime -- juice of

Preparation / Directions:

Wash and joint the chicken and place in a dish. Slice the tomatoes, shallots and chile and grind the ginger and garlic together. Crush the cardamoms and cloves and sprinkle onto the chicken. Add the chile powder, cinnamon stick, paprika powder, salt, curry powder, fenugreek and vinegar and leave to marinate for 20 minutes. Heat the oil and when hot add the curry leaves and lemon grass, shallots, chile, garlic and ginger. Stir fry until the shallots turn a light brown, then add the tomato and toss for a couple of minutes. Add the chicken and stir-fry for a further 5 minutes. Pour in the coconut milk and slowly bring to the boil. Reduce heat slightly and simmer until chicken is tender. Discard the cinnamon stick and sprinkle the curry powder and lime juice on top just prior to serving.

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