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How to cook Nisha Katona’s chicken, coconut and pineapple curry at home

3 years ago

How to cook Nisha Katona’s chicken, coconut and pineapple curry at home

Ever wanted to have a go at creating your favourite Mowgli dishes at home?

Now you can, with Nisha Katona’s brand new cookbook, 30 Minute Mowgli.

One of the stand out dishes from this new cookbook is the chicken, coconut and pineapple curry, which is bursting with flavour, and straightforward to cook in the kitchen.

Credit: Yuki Sugiura/Peter Goodbody/PA.

Nisha says:

“The combination of both coconut milk and creamed coconut in this curry adds a real gloss and weight to the sauce, giving it a gorgeous, velvety texture,” says food writer Nisha Katona.

“If you can’t get creamed coconut, just double up on the tinned. During the last moments of these exotic sunshine curries, I often throw a handful of roasted nuts to boost the salt and the beach holiday feel. If you’re not a fan of nuts or don’t have any to hand, you can leave these out without any detriment to the dish.”

Nisha Katona’s chicken, coconut and pineapple curry


(Serves 4)

2 thumb-sized pieces fresh root ginger, peeled

5tbsp vegetable oil

2 onions, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (approx. 600g/1lb 5oz), chopped into 2cm/3⁄4in cubes

2tbsp garam masala

1 heaped tsp ground coriander

1tsp ground turmeric

1⁄4tsp chilli powder

100g/31⁄2oz creamed coconut

400ml/14fl oz canned coconut milk

2 green chillies, finely sliced

1½tsp salt

1tsp brown sugar

10 chunks canned pineapple, cut into 1–2cm/1⁄2–3⁄4in pieces

100g/31⁄2oz roasted salted cashew nuts

Small handful fresh coriander/cilantro, finely chopped, to garnish

1 red chilli, finely sliced, to garnish

Cooked rice, or flatbreads, to serve


1. Finely mince one of the pieces of ginger and slice the other into fine matchsticks. Set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and minced ginger and fry, stirring continuously, for eight minutes, until golden brown. Add the chicken to the pan and stir to combine with the onions, then add the garam masala, ground coriander, ground turmeric and chilli powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes, to seal the chicken and coat it in the spices.

Credit: Yuki Sugiura

3. Add the creamed coconut, coconut milk, ginger matchsticks, sliced chillies, salt, sugar, pineapple and cashews to the pan and stir to combine, adding a little of the juice from the canned pineapple if the mixture is too dry. Leave to cook, stirring occasionally, for five to 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Scatter with chopped coriander/cilantro and sliced red chilli, then serve hot with rice or wraps alongside.

30 Minute Mowgli by Nisha Katona is published by Nourish Books, priced £25. Photography Yuki Sugiura. Available now.


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