Karmasutra Curry Cupid’s Cardamom Chicken Curry

This recipe by

Urban Rajah


I love this gastronomic pot of pleasure, the sauce clings to the chicken thighs like a long lost lover and the meat falls apart in tender submission. Simmered in aphrodisiac spices, the result is…spiced nirvana.


Makes 2+ portions


  • 75ml rapeseed or sunflower oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 small onions finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 5cm ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbs ground coriander
  • 2 green finger chillies
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs on the bone
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbs wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • 1tbs single cream
  • Coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Using a large casserole pot, heat the oil over medium high temperature and fry the onions until flaxen and brown, then pitch in the cinnamon stick cooking for another couple of minutes until the pot is gently scented.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, ground coriander, chillies and cardamom pods and gently stir for two minutes until everything is coated. Turn down the heat to low and sauté the chicken thighs with the ingredients, tossing and turning every now and then for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour in the tomatoes and douse with vinegar and cook for half an hour or until cooked. The sauce should be sticking to the chicken rather than having a runny consistency.
  4. Swirl over the cream to dress and flash with coriander leaves.
  5. Serve with brown basmati rice or use flatbread and get your fingers involved.

Urban Rajah

The Urban Rajah (aka Ivor Peters) is a TV chef, food writer, consultant and pop up restaurateur. He feeds over 30,000 people a month. With roots in the Indian subcontinent he’s on a mission to spice up the nation through accessible recipes and menus.

Urban Rajah has engaged audiences with his combination of cooking and story-telling across the UK, UAE, India, South Africa and USA. His signature-waxed moustache ensures he’s never forgotten and his recipes and stories guarantee he’s always remembered. For him, food is a consumable form of art which has the power to excite, inspire, educate, inform, seduce and satisfy human longing. His media credits include appearances on C4, BBC1, BBC London plus a slew of contributions across UKTV, The Guardian, The Independent, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, National Geographic and Delicious Magazine amongst others.

Urban Rajah believes that food tastes better when they’re accompanied with stories and the stories help foster a better understanding of people’s heritage, communities, struggles, achievements, aspirations and inspirations. In short, food is a cultural art form, it’s the glue which, connects us to each other helping us gain unique human insights.

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