Main Dishes

Sri Lankan Coconut Chicken Curry

A few years ago, I had an exchange student from Sir Lanka who could cook really well. This is a lovely, warming dish that we cooked and ate together. Her version was extremely hot but I have reduced the chillie content to how we like it – medium but still enjoyable.

Sri Lankan Coconut Chicken Curry

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Cuisine: Sri Lankan Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 tbs cooking oil
  • 100 g grated onion (one medium onion)
  • 1 tbs garlic
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbs ginger
  • 2lb chicken cut into 2inch pieces (washed and drained)
  • 2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp red chillies (increase for more heat!)
  • half tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp ground dry coriander
  • 4 whole small green cardamom
  • 1.5 or 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tbs lime/lemon
  • 4 tbs fresh sliced green coriander



Place oil, onion and garlic in saucepan, brown slightly, add black pepper, fry together add ginger and keep stirring. Add half a cup of water, turn the heat to low and cook for 10 mins, stirring once or twice.


Add chicken pieces, salt, turmeric and red chillies, mix together.


Cook covered on low heat for 5mins, remove cover, stir well and cook without covering until the juices dry off.


Add coconut milk, cardamoms, dry coriander and half cup water, simmer uncovered on low heat for 10mins or until chicken is cooked through.


Add lime/lemon juice and coriander, mix once, remove into a long deep serving dish.


Serve with plain rice, naan or French bread/bloomer.

Meal: Main Dishes


Sprinkle with thickly chopped red chillies/peppers and sliced tomatoes for effect.