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Butter Chicken is, for many, the holy grail of Indian cuisine. Our plant-based take on the popular classic uses banana blossom to recreate that familiar meaty texture, and it is melt-in-your-mouth delicious, nestled into this richly spiced curry.

You will need

Serves 4

'Chicken'

  • 2 x 400g tins banana blossom, drained
  • ½ cup (90g) dairy-free unsweetened yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

Curry

  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 400g coconut milk
  • 100g tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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Directions

10 mins to prep

50 mins to cook

  1. Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 200°C (conventional) or 180°C (fan-forced). Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

  2. Step 2

    To prepare the banana blossom, cut each blossom into long spears (approximately 4). Add to a large bowl with the corn flour, yoghurt and garam masala. Toss until combined.

  3. Step 3

    Spread the banana blossom on your baking tray. Bake for around 15-20 minutes or until fragrant. Set aside.

  4. Step 4

    In a large fry pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Fry the onion for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic, ginger and spices, then fry for a further 2 minutes, or until fragrant.

  5. Step 5

    Add the coconut milk and tomato paste. Stir to combine.

  6. Step 6

    Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Return the sauce to the fry pan.

  7. Step 7

    Add the banana blossom to the sauce. Gently stir and cook for 10-20 minutes. The curry is ready when the banana blossom has softened and the sauce has thickened. For a runnier sauce, add some water to the pan, or for a thicker sauce, cook the mixture for longer. Season the dish to taste.

  8. Step 8

    Serve with basmati rice, naan and fresh coriander, or as desired.

Variation

If you want to make this plant-based butter chicken even ‘meatier’, try swapping out the banana blossom for one of these store-bought vegan chicken products!

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