The Creamiest Curry
Malai chicken curry is just one of those dishes that flies under the radar. It’s not a dish that’s talked about enough when we speak of Indian food. But I’m hoping to change that because it’s an incredible dish. It’s very easy to make Keto friendly and it’s just the creamiest curry ever. I mean malai literally means cream and this curry screams it. Originally made with cashews, this Keto version swaps that out for almonds. Of course you can still use cashews if you like, a small amount wouldn’t kick you out of Ketosis but it might be higher net carbs.
Whatever way you decided to go, make sure you try this dish. Serve it with some cauliflower rice or my Keto naan.
Malai = Cream
When it comes to Indian food a lot of you might notice the heavy use of dairy. Whether it’s the yogurt to marinate the tandoori chicken or the cream that goes in a butter chicken or just the fact that ghee is used a lot. This however is more true for the cuisine of Northern India. They have the richer and creamier curries. Malai itself means cream. But what is also common is that often nuts like cashews are used to add an additional layer of creaminess. In this recipe I subbed the usual cashew for almonds.
Onions – The real base of this curry is the onions along with the almonds. We soften the onions but we don’t brown them. This helps us to maintain the white look of the curry. Whenever you go to a restaurant and order a malai kebab or curry you expect a white, not too spicy curry. If you push the onions too far it changes the flavour to more oniony and also the colour to a light brown.
Whole Spices – We want flavour in the curry but we don’t want it to be hot. Of course if you like it hot just throw in some green chilies. The spices we use, bay leaf, cardamom and clove add a very subtle flavour to the dish allowing us to really taste that ‘malai’. You get something that is packed wit flavour but not hot. You get a bit of it from the pepper but we don’t use a heavy hand when seasoning the dish with that. We also use powdered spices like cumin and coriander which don’t detract from the flavour but add to it.
Kasuri Methi – This really is one of the hallmark flavour notes in the dish. It’s like how you use parsley in a cream sauce or fresh basil maybe. It really perfumes the dish beautifully. It’s something you can buy from amazon and store in your fridge for really long.
Nutrition Info (Per Serving)
- Calories: 500
- Protein: 28g
- Fat: 39g
- Carbs: 4g
- Fiber: 1g
- Net Carbs: 3g
This recipe makes 5 servings. Get the recipe on myfitnesspal.com.