Kuku Paka (coconut chicken curry)

There are many recipes that I could feature in this section but one of the best known is the Swahili dish Kuku Paka,  a coconut and chicken curry which originates from the East African coast and is a firm favourite within my family.

The word ‘kuku’ means chicken in Swahili but the origin of the work paka is unclear, some say that it denotes dishes made with coconut milk, however paka is also the Punjabi word for delicious, which would be appropriate given that East Africa is a pool that combines African and Indian influences.

Whatever its meaning, when it comes to the taste there is no mystery at all, its delicious!


Chicken Marinade Ingredients

For the chicken marinade:
1 Chilli, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon of chopped ginger
3 tbsp Natural yoghurt
A pinch of Chilli flakes (optional)
1 tsp salt, or add according to taste
Leave chicken to marinade for at least 20 minutes, but overnight is better! 

Ingredients for the curry

Ingredients for the curry:
1 and a half medium sized onions, chopped
1  Star Anise (optional)
small stick of cinnamon
Half a tin, plum tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp tomato puree
Handful of chopped coriander
50g creamed coconut or half a tin of coconut milk 

 How to:

1.  Heat around 2tbsp of vegetable oil in a pan and add the chopped onions, star anise (if using) and cinnamon and fry  until the onions are browned

2. Add the marinated chicken to the pan and cook until the chicken is browned
3. Add tomatoes and the tomato puree and cook for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, add water if required

4. Finally add the coconut and cook for a further 5 minutes and then garnish with coriander and you’re curry is ready
5. Enjoy!


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