Chicken Vindaloo

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


This tangy, spicy curry from Goa, India, has roots in vinh d'alho, a stew brought to the region by Portuguese colonists. Now an Indian restaurant staple, it comes in countless variations—some fiery, some mild—from the subcontinent to the British Isles.


  • 1 tbsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp. black mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 (1") stick cinnamon
  • 14 cup Hungarian paprika
  • 14 cup palm vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. light brown sugar
  • 16 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (2") piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut in half
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 10 thin green Indian chiles, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 1 lb. small new potatoes, cut in half (cut in quarters if large)
  • Cooked white rice, for serving


Step 1

Heat peppercorns, mustard, cumin, coriander, and fenugreek seeds, cloves, and cinnamon in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat, and cook, swirling pan occasionally, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, and let cool; working in batches, transfer spices to a spice grinder and process until finely ground. Transfer to a small food processor along with paprika, vinegar, turmeric, sugar, 1⁄4 of the garlic, and half the ginger; puree until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl, and add chicken; rub chicken with spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

Step 2

Heat oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, and cook, stirring, until caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add remaining garlic and ginger along with chiles, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add chicken along with any paste in bowl, potatoes, and 2 cups water, and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, and season with salt; serve with rice.

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