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  • • ½ stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • • 2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
  • • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • • 2 teaspoons salt
  • • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • • 1 (3 ½- to 4-pound) chicken, cut into 10 serving pieces
  • • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • • ¾ cup cashews (1/4 pound)
  • • ¾ cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • • Accompaniment: cooked basmati or jasmine rice
  • • Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro


  • Preparation
  • Heat butter in a 5- to 6-quart wide heavy pot over moderately low heat until foam subsides, then cook onions, garlic, and ginger, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add curry powder, salt, cumin, and cayenne and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add chicken and cook, stirring to coat, 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, including juice, and cilantro and bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 40 minutes. (If making ahead, see cooks’ note, below.)
  • Just before serving:
  • Pulse cashews in a food processor or electric coffee/spice grinder until very finely ground, then add to curry along with yogurt and simmer gently, uncovered, stirring, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Cooks’ note: Curry, without yogurt and cashews, can be made 5 days ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered. Reheat over low heat before stirring in yogurt and ground cashews.
  • Yum! I really liked this mild curry, although I generally like my indian dishes to have a bit more depth. This recipe is perfect if you have never made a curry before. I doubled everything but the chicken and added some frozen peas roasted curried cauliflower. Next time I will use greek yogurt since I missed that tangy flavor.

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