2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 whole cloves
4 cardamom pods, crushed (I discard the husk)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
3 garlic cloves, crushed
4 cm/1½in piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp ground allspice
1½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp mild chili pepper flakes (pretty hot: consider using less if you are concerned with heat)
2 tsp tomato purée
75g/3oz ground almonds (about a half cup)
250ml/8fl oz chicken stock
200ml/7fl oz whipping cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper
50g/2oz flaked almonds, toasted
Heat the oil in a large saucepan or frying pan and fry the onion, cloves and cardamom pods for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften.
Add the chicken, garlic and ginger and, after frying for 4 minutes, add all the remaining spices. Stir around in the pan, allowing them to release their flavor into the chicken.
Add the tomato purée, ground almonds, stock and cream and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes until reduced to the consistency of thick cream. Taste and add seasoning if it needs it.
Scatter over the toasted almonds and serve with naan bread.
BBC via Becky Crane