Kuwaiti chicken curry

Quwarmah ala Dajaj - Kuwaiti Curried Chicken

Traditional Kuwaiti curried chicken cooked with baharat and dried lime served with saffron rice.

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Cooking Time: 2 Hours

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Serves: 2

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Author: Paul Brighton


  1. 600g chicken thighs or legs on the bone and skinned
  2. 1tsp salt
  3. 1 tbsp Baharat
  4. 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  5. 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  6. 1 onion, chopped
  7. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  8. 2cm ginger, grated
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 1 tsp ground ginger
  11. 1/2 cinnamon stick
  12. 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  13. 1 whole loomi (dried lime) pierced or rind of 1/2 lemon
  14. 150g peeled and chopped tomatoes
  15. Water

To serve:

  1. Saffron rice


  1. Mix the salt, baharat and turmeric and rub half of this mix all over the chicken pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in large pan and add the onions. Cook until soft and translucent but not browned. Add the garlic cloves, ginger, cinnamon stick, chilli and the remaining spice mixture to the pan and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and fry for 5 minutes turning once.
  4. Add the tomatoes and enough water to cover the meat. Add the loomi or lemon rind, cover with a lid and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Check the seasoning, and reduce the sauce over medium heat until a thicker consistency for the gravy is achieved.
  6. Serve with saffron rice.