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Chicken passanda

Chicken Passanda, when cooked slowly to this recipe make the chicken so tender.

This is one of my kids’ favourite curries. It’s not very spicy but still has just enough bite to make me happy. I prefer my curries spicy but this is a good family dish.

I learned how to make this chicken passanda from a friend chef though I’ve changed it for my own taste. His version includes 100ml of raisons which he pounds into a pulp. It gives the curry a sweeter flavour. He also leaves out the chilli. You might like the idea so I thought I should let you know.

Chicken passanda is a great curry for large groups. It can all be made ahead of time and then simply heated back up at the end. The extra standing brings more depth to the dish. You may need to add a drop or two of boiling water when reheating.

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Chicken Passanda

Chicken Passanda
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons ghee or lite olive oil
  • 1 two inch piece of cassia bark or cinnamon stick
  • 3 green cardamom pods - lightly crushed
  • 1 onion - finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • A pinch of red chilli powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 8 chicken thighs - skinned and flatted with a meat mallet
  • 250g plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cashews
  • A large handful of toasted almond flakes
  • 3 tablespoons - finely chopped coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large frying high sided frying pan or wok, heat the ghee/oil over medium high heat.
  2. When bubbling, toss in the cardamom pods and cassia bark.
  3. Allow to fry for about a minute stirring the spices around in the oil to release their flavour.
  4. Add the onion and sizzle for about five minutes until it is lightly browned and translucent.
  5. Now add the ginger and garlic paste and stir it all up to combine.
  6. Stir in the cumin, garam masala, turmeric, chilli powder and coriander powder and fry for a further 30 seconds.
  7. Throw in your flattened chicken thighs and brown for about a minute before adding the yogurt on teaspoon at a time while stirring continuously.
  8. Add just enough water to barely cover and bring to a simmer.
  9. Simmer for 20 minutes checking the curry occasionally to ensure the spices aren't sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  10. About five minutes before you finish, add the ground cashews and stir it all in.
  11. The sauce will thicken so that it coats the chicken nicely.
  12. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Garnish with the toasted almond flakes and chopped coriander and serve with plain white rice.

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Tuesday 4th of July 2023

Another beautiful curry and quick to prepare! Thank you /dan


Dan Toombs

Sunday 9th of July 2023

Thanks very much. Dan


Saturday 8th of December 2018

Oi oi Dan .... didn’t have your book to hand so found you here ..... made this last night with your Naans .... fabulous !! Nd so easy .... and done in the time it takes for a takeaway to be ordered nd delivered a great destress !! We are perfecting the Naans ,we throw them together in the morning nd then leave till the evening to cook .... they are laughingly brilliant nd so light !! Thanku 😃😃

Dan Toombs

Thursday 13th of December 2018

Hi Steve

Great to hear! Thank you. Dan

Dezzi Robinson

Thursday 14th of December 2017

Hi - you say that this is good for a crowd, but could it be scaled up to a group of 20? If so are there any ingredients which I’d need to be cautious about? Thanks PS this is a fab recipe!

Dan Toombs

Monday 5th of February 2018

Hi Dezzi

Thank you very much. Yes, you can definitely scale the recipe up to serve more. Be careful with the chilli powder if you don't like things spicy. :-)



Monday 14th of August 2017

Hi there! If I would prefer to add the raisin paste , when in the recipie is it appropriate to do so? Thanks !

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 17th of October 2017

Hi Dina

Why not? Sound great.

Thanks, Dan


Saturday 12th of August 2017

where do the almond flakes come into play ?

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 17th of October 2017

Just sprinkle them over the top as a garnish.

Thanks, Dan

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