Parsi Inspired Chicken Curry with Mangoes and Cherries
Recipe type: one pot meal
Cuisine: Indian
  • 2 cups dried fruit-I used a mix of sweet and tart cherries and sweet and tart mango slices
  • boiling water
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 3-4 T vegetable oil, divided
  • Large pinch of saffron
  • 3 Ceylon cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 8-10 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup minced ginger
  • 2 T double strength tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 t garam masala
  • ⅛ t cloves
  • 1½ cups of water
  • Juice of half large lemon
  1. Pour boiling water over the dried fruit. It should just cover their tops. Set aside.
  2. Prep the onion, ginger and garlic.
  3. Brown the chicken thighs in 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a large Dutch oven. Remove the chicken thighs and set aside.
  4. Drain the dried fruit, reserving the water. Use that water now to deglaze the Dutch oven. Add the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Crumble the saffron into the now boiling water.
  5. When the water is almost completely boiled off but not quite, add another 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Then add the onion with a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. If it starts to scorch or burn, add another splash of water.
  6. Add the ginger, garlic and tomato paste. Cook for 2 minutes. Add a splash of water if need be.
  7. Add the ground cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and garam masala. Stir and cook for 30 seconds. Then add the 1½ cups of water and stir in. Add the chicken thighs back into the pot with any accumulated juices. Bring to a boil.
  8. Cover and simmer until the chicken thighs are cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  9. Add the lemon juice before serving. Taste for additional salt or garam masala as well. Serve with rice.
Recipe by The Spiced Life at