Chicken and spinach curry with a rice & lentils and a crunchy popadoms

Chicken and Spinach Curry with Poppadoms Recipe

35 Minutes
Serves: 2

A hot and spicy chicken and spinach curry with a spinach, tomato and onion sauce spiced with fresh scotch bonnet chilli, garlic, ginger and bay leaves, cardamon, cloves, cumin served with a rice & lentils and a crunchy poppadom.

Recipe Ingreds


  • 2 leaves bay leaf
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 3 pod cardamom
  • 2 fillet chicken breasts
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 whole fresh scotch bonnet chilli
  • 8 sprig fresh coriander
  • 3 cm fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 whole onions
  • 2 whole poppadoms(uncooked)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 50 ml single cream
  • 5 portions frozen spinach
  • 2 whole tomatoes
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric


  • 50 grams red lentils(dried)
  • 100 grams basmati rice

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • add some boiling water to the pan
  • add the rice and lentils
  • leave to cook till the rice and lentils are soft

Step 2

  • defrost the spinach
  • add to the food processor and blend

Step 3

  • heat the olive oil in the frying pan
  • remove the seeds from the cardamom
  • add the bay leaves, cloves, cardamom and cumin to the frying pan
  • cook till lightly browned
  • peel and chop the onion(s) finely
  • add to the frying pan

Step 4

  • wash and finely chop the chilli
  • add to the frying pan
  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely
  • add to the frying pan
  • peel and grate the ginger
  • add to the frying pan

Step 5

  • cut the chickens into thin strips
  • Add the chicken to the frying pan and fry from 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown
  • wash and chop the tomatoes
  • add to the frying pan
  • add the turmeric

Step 6

  • add the spinach to the frying pan
  • cook for 15 mins to 20 mins
  • wash and finely chop the fresh coriander
  • add to the frying pan
  • add the garam masala to the frying pan
  • Add the cream
  • season with salt and pepper

Step 7

  • using the pastry brush, brush the poppadom with the remaining oil
  • puff up the poppadoms in the microwave for 30 secs

Step 8

  • rinse and drain the rice
  • return the rice and lentils to the heat
  • warm the rice
  • place one serving of rice onto a plate

step 9

  • place the curry on top of the rice
  • serve with a poppadom

Step 10

  • if cooking extra for the freezer store the extra curry and rice in a freezable container allow to cool and then place in freezer

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 food processor
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 1 grater
  • 1 large frying pan
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 large pan
  • 1 pastry brush
  • 1 sieve

How to make chicken and spinach curry

A hot and spicy chicken and spinach curry, chicken breast gently poached in a creamy spinach and tomato sauce, flavoured with bay leaf, cardamom, cloves and cumin, along with the traditional chilli, garlic and ginger. 

Place the rice and lentils in a pan to cook. To make the curry finely chop the spinach, lightly cook the dried whole spices in the oil, and then add the chilli, garlic and ginger. Add the chicken strips to the spices and cook till golden brown, then add the tomatoes and the ground spices, add the cream and fresh coriander cook till the sauce thickens slightly.  Serve the curry with the rice 

Why our chicken curry is the best

Chicken and spinach are a great combination, the star of this recipe is the delicious spicy mix of bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, cumin, turmeric and garam masala which makes this curry absolutely delicious.

Have spinach and chicken curry for dinner tonight

This hot and spicy homemade chicken curry is the perfect evening meal on a cold winter's night, serve with rice and poppadoms. In this meal recipe we serve the curry with lentil and rice mix, but if you are in a hurry, serve with simple pre-cooked rice. This curry is ideal for freezing and so cook double and pop some in the freezer for a busy work night.

Spicy chicken curry dinner party main course

This spicy curry is ideal for an Indian curry night with friends or an Indian dinner party serve with some of our Indian stuffed mushrooms for a starter and why not try our Indian upside-down cake Indian upside down cakefor dessert

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