Chicken in a Creamy Sauce (Murgh Korma)

This popular Indian curry comes from the time of the moghuls. The fragrant sauce is thickened by ground cashews and almonds. Ghee is a clarified butter commonly used in Indian cooking, You can buy ghee, the nuts, seeds, and spices at Indian markets and online.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 35 minutesTotal: 6 hours 35 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted cashew nuts, soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • 2 Tbsp. white poppy seeds, soaked in water for 20 minutes
  • 2 Tbsp. almonds, blanched
  • Water, as needed
  • 3 Tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (1")
  • 2 black cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 green cardamom pods, bruised
  • ¾ cup curry paste
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1½ lbs. skinless boneless diced chicken breast
  • 1 cup plain yogurt, whipped
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 2 cups cooked rice


  • Process or blend together the cashew nuts, poppy seeds, almonds, and just enough water to make a smooth, thick paste. Set aside.
  • In a deep pan, heat the ghee over medium heat. Add the cumin, cinnamon sticks, black cardamom, bay leaf, cloves, and green cardamom; sauté until fragrant, about 1½ minutes. Add curry paste and salt. Cook for 1 minute as the ghee separates from the curry paste (this indicates that the onion paste is cooked).
  • Add the chicken, cook for 3–5 minutes. Transfer the contents to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. You can add up to ½ cup of water if the gravy is too thick.
  • During the last 45 minutes of cooking, add the yogurt and the nut paste and continue cooking. Once the chicken is cooked, add the garam masala. Serve hot with rice.