Creamy chicken korma with lentil sauce

  • 25min
  • 2
  • 474 kcal
  • Intermediate

Per 224 g contains

474 kcal 1978 kj
25 g
16 g
4.8 g
0.1 g

of an adult's recommended intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 883kj/211kcal

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A protein-boosting meal during pregnancy

Pregnant woman have additional nutritional requirements, including needing to almost double their daily protein intake. This creamy curry contains extra protein from the added lentils, which are also cheap, delicious and easy to cook.

You can adjust the level of spices to your taste, from gentle to scorching. Alternatively, make it vegetarian by using chickpeas or paneer in place of the chicken.

Serve with rice, cooked according to packet instructions, a quartered lime for a citrus edge and some cooling chopped coriander. Leftovers will freeze well, as does the other half of the can of coconut milk.


For the curry
  • Vegetable oil
    1 tbsp
  • Small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • Garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Ginger, finely grated
    5g 0.17oz
  • Chicken breast
  • Cumin seeds
    1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds
    1 tsp
  • Seeds from 3 cardamom pods
  • Ground turmeric
    1 tsp
  • Coconut milk
    200ml 7fl oz
  • Red lentils, dried
    75g 2.6oz
To serve
  • Lime, quartered
  • Fresh coriander leaves
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Cooking Method

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Slowly fry the onion and garlic until soft. Add the ginger - ginger roots can be frozen, then grated straight into the pan.
  2. Cut the chicken breast into pieces about 1 cm wide and fry, turning to make sure each side is evenly coloured.
  3. Grind all the spices together in a grinder or using a pestle and mortar. Add the spices to the chicken and cook for a few minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. Add the coconut milk and lentils and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes until lentils are soft. If needed, add a little water or stock to stop the pan boiling dry.
  5. Serve with rice cooked as per packet instructions, a quartered lime and a garnish of fresh coriander.

Nutritional Information

Typical Valuesper 100gper 224g serving
211 kcal
883 kj
474 kcal
1978 kj
of which saturates
11 g
7 g
25 g
16 g
of which sugars
12 g
2.1 g
27 g
4.8 g
Fibre2 g
4.5 g
Protein14 g
32 g
Salt0.1 g
0.1 g


Lentils are full of fibre and promote good digestive health, helping to keep cholesterol low and stabilise blood sugar. They are also a great source of plant-based protein. 


Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein, something that is vital during pregnancy. The breast is also fairly low in calories, cholesterol, sodium and fat. 

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