Southern India Chicken Curry

Peaches bring their sweetness to this warm and spicy dish.


  • 4 Tbls corn oil
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 small jalapenos, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 4 to 5 Tbls fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1 3/4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 ripe yellow peaches, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (optional)
  • Indian flat bread or pitas (optional)


1. Heat 2 tbls. of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the onions in skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Add the jalapeños, garlic, ginger, and 4 tbls. of the lemon juice and cook for 5 minutes more. Transfer the mixture to a plate. 2. Add the remaining 2 tbls. of oil to skillet and raise heat to medium-high. Add the chicken and stir-fry until golden, about 8 minutes. Add the cayenne, coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, and salt and stir-fry for 2 minutes more. Add the peaches, onion mixture, and 1/2 cup water and simmer for 8 minutes. 3. Stir in the coconut milk, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Taste and add the remaining lemon juice, if necessary. Serve with the yogurt or flat bread, or both, if desired. Serves 4. Preparation Time: 40 min, Total Time: 60 min. Source: Real Simple Magazine, July, 2005.