Many people say that chicken chasni is the new chicken tikka masala. Only time will tell if it is to become one of the nation’s favourite curries. One thing is for sure… People love it.
Rather than make this restaurant style using a base curry sauce, I decided to show how it’s done using more authentic Indian cooking techniques. If you would like to make it with my base curry sauce, that is easily done.
Just leave out the step of frying the onions and adding the water. You can use the base curry sauce instead.
Chicken chasni is one of those curries you can really have a play with. There is so much going on in this British invented curry.
You’ve got sweetness from the ketchup, mango chutney, fried onions and tomatoes. There’s hot spice from the chopped green chilli and paprika. Mix that all up with the sharp hit of cumin and turmeric and the tart, sourness of the mint sauce, lemons and limes.
You’ll have one heck of a fantastic flavour party going on in your mouth.
A bit about the ingredients.
You probably already have some if not all of these ingredients but if you don’t, they’re readily available at most supermarkets!
Feel free to adjust this recipe to your own tastes. If you don’t like spicy foods, cut down on the chilli or omit it altogether. If you prefer a sweeter curry, add more mango chutney.
My wife likes me to add coconut milk to this chicken chasni recipe. Coconut milk isn’t normally used in chicken chasni but it does offer a nice touch. You could also use a little stock or water to thin the sauce.
This curry goes great with plain rice and or naans.
What about the colouring?
Chicken chasni curries are famous for being bright red in colour. I’m afraid that is done with food colouring.
I’ve heard stories about how chicken chasni curries are actually sent back because they aren’t red enough. That’s a bit silly as there is no flavour in that red food dye.
Of course the colour of this chicken chasni curry is completely down to you. I leave the food colouring out. If you want it bright red, purchase some food colouring and add it until you are happy with the colour.
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I hope you enjoy this chicken chasni curry recipe. If you do give it a try, please don’t be a stranger. Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.