Prep: 20 mins
1kg boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, peeled and very finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp mild chilli powder
15g fresh coriander, chopped
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 medium onions
1 tsp ground turmeric
400ml coconut milk
1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and sliced
1 chicken stock cube
Slice each chicken thigh into 2 or 3 large chunks, then put in a bowl with the ginger, garlic, chilli powder, half the coriander, lime juice and 1 tbsp of the oil. Stir well, then cover and leave in the fridge to marinate until ready to cook. For the best flavour, do this in the morning or, better still, the night before.
Peel and quarter the onions, then very finely chop them in a food processor; for a curry you want the onion really fine. Heat the remaining oil in a wok or large frying pan, then add the onion and stir-fry for about 8 mins until soft. Stir in the turmeric and cook for 1 min more, stirring well.
Tip in the chicken mixture with the marinade and cook over a high heat until the chicken changes colour. Pour in the coconut milk, add the chilli and stock, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken is tender. Stir in the remaining coriander, then serve with basmati rice, a bowl of mango chutney and some poppadoms or naan bread.