Mellow yellow chicken curry

Delicately fragrant yellow curry packed full of chicken, cauliflower and barley for a truly satisfying meal.

  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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  • ¼ cup (60ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1.5 kilograms chicken thigh fillets, excess fat trimmed
  • 400 mL can coconut cream
  • 2 cups (500ml) chicken stock
  • 1 cup (200g) pearl barley
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 small cauliflower (1kg), halved lengthways
  • 2 sprigs fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • lime wedges, to serve


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • 2
    Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 7 litre (28-cup) cast iron or other flameproof casserole dish (see tip) over medium heat. Cook mustard seeds, cumin seeds and turmeric, stirring for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add chicken; stir to mix well.
  • 3
    Add coconut cream, stock, barley and dijon mustard; season. Reduce heat to low; place cauliflower, cut-side down, on top of chicken mixture. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Transfer to oven; bake for 1 hour or until chicken and cauliflower are tender.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a small frying pan over high heat; cook curry leaves for 30 seconds or until dark green and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towel.
  • 5
    Remove lid from dish; stand curry for 10 minutes. Stir in juice. Serve half the chicken curry topped with crisp curry leaves and lime wedges. Transfer remaining chicken curry to an airtight container; cool, then store.


We used a 25cm x 33cm (10in x 13¼in) oval cast iron casserole dish.If you like, serve with steamed rice or one of the rice or basic quinoa.Refrigerate chicken curry in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Freeze for up to 3 months; thaw in the fridge, then reheat in a microwave.

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