2 onions, quartered
3 garlic cloves
3.5 cm (12 inch) piece of fresh root ginger. peeled
1 large red chilli, deseeded
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
25 g (1 oz) butter
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
4 cardamom pods, crushed
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
300 ml (2 pint) chicken stock
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons tomato purée
5 tablespoons double cream
toasted flaked almonds
coriander sprigs
boiled rice, to serve


1.Preheat the slow cooker if necessary. Blend the onions, garlic, ginger and chilli in a food processor or blender, or chop finely.
2.Cut each chicken thigh into 4 pieces. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the chicken a few pieces at a time until all the meat has been added. Cook over a high heat until browned.
3.Drain and transfer to a plate. Add the butter to the frying pan. When it has melted, add the onion paste and cook over a more moderate heat until it is just beginning to colour.
4. Stir in the crushed cumin and fennel seeds, the cardamom pods and their black seeds and ground spices.
5.Cook for 1 minute, then mix in the stock, sugar, tomato purée and salt. Bring to the boil, stiring.
6.Transfer the chicken to the slow cooker pot, pour the onion mixture and sauce over the top and press the pieces of chicken below the surface of the liquid.
7.Cover with the lid and cook on low for 5-7 hours. Stir in the cream. Garnish with toasted flaked almonds and coriander sprigs and serve with boiled rice and Coriander Flat Breads (see below), if liked.
8.FOR CORIANDER FLAT BREADS TO ACCOMPANY THE CURRY, mix together 200 g (7 oz) self-raising flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, 3 tablespoons roughly chopped coriander leaves and a little salt in a bowl.
9.Add 2 tablespoons sunflower oil, then gradually mix in 6-7 tablespoons water to make a soft dough.
10. Cut the dough into 4 pieces and roll out each piece thinly on a lightly floured surface to form a rough oval.
11.Cook on a preheated ridged griddle pan for 3-4 minutes on each side until singed and puffy.

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