Tropical Delights – Spice’s Chicken Korma



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Spice Indian Restaurant Head Chef Sandeep Kala shares with Island Life’s readers an Indian favorite.


300 grams chicken pieces.

15 ml ghee or good quality oil.

6 cardamom seeds.

2 bay leaves

10 grms  ginger and garlic paste mixed

5 grms  cardamom powder

3 large onions

50grms cashew nuts

50grms  almonds

1 tspoon sugar

15 ml milk

2 tablespoons cream

15 ml melted butter

Chopped coriander

Salt and white pepper to taste.


In a saucepan, bring water to boil with a little salt. When boiling, add the chicken pieces and cook for approximately five minutes or until cooked through (with no pink colour). Strain and set aside. Slice onions and throw in a pot with a little boiling water together with the almonds and cashews. The almonds should be peeled or you can use almond flakes. Use only a little water but watch so it doesn’t burn. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat. Once cooked, grind this mixture to a fine paste. Heat ghee or oil in a pan and lightly fry the cardamom and bay leaves tossing as you go for a couple of minutes. When fragrant, add ginger and garlic paste and stir-fry. Add the onion and nut paste and mix through. Add chicken and stir, coating all the pieces well. Add the cardamom powder, salt, sugar and pepper to taste. Finally, add the milk and melted butter and let it cook for 5 minutes at medium heat.

To Serve

Garnish with cream, chopped coriander and serve with Basmati or Jasmine rice. Serves two.


Spice Indian Restaurant serves authentic Indian cuisine with ‘wheat-free’ options and vegetarian options. Come and enjoy the lovely courtyard or sit in air-conditioned comfort and try the flavorsome Indian cuisine. Spice offers lunch and dinner specials and morning cakes, snacks, great coffee and free Wifi. Every Sunday night, kids eat free from the special children’s menu. From Monday to Friday, try the exquisite 1500vt a la carte lunch special with a starter or the lunch special from 900 to 1100vt, with a choice of popular dishes – chicken, beef or vegetarian with rice, salad and naan. Located in Nambatu area, opposite Port Vila Hardware.

Open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Saturday through Thursday. Ph 24406.