Peshwari Chicken Curry with Naan Bread

Prep:40 minutes plus proving time

Cook:2 hours 10 minutes


Recipe from Scottish MasterChef professional Gary Maclean in partnership with LoSalt


4 tbsp Good oil
1 Cinnamon stick
4 Green cardamom pods
4 Cloves
1 Bay leaf
1kg Chicken thighs
1 large Onion, sliced
50g Ginger, chopped or grated
4 cloves Garlic, pureed
50g Tomato puree
1 tsp Ground turmeric
1 tsp Ground coriander
1 tsp Ground cumin
¼ tsp LoSalt
170g Greek yogurt
4 tsp Gram flour
1 tsp Chilli powder
175ml Stock, a quality bullion would work for this
Small bunch Mint leaves (shredded)
Small bunch Coriander leaves (shredded)

Naan Bread:
350g Self-rising flour
1 ½ tsp Sugar
1 tsp LoSalt
7g Dried yeast
140ml Milk
140ml Natural yoghurt
Butter for cooking


1. Preheat the oven to 130˚C / gas mark 1.

2. Heat oil in an oven-proof pan over a low heat. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf and let sizzle for 25-30 seconds.

3. Add the chicken thighs and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook until the meat begins to brown and all the natural juices have evaporated.

4. Add the onion and cook to a light golden colour for 4-5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic, cooking for a further 30 seconds then add the tomato puree, turmeric, coriander, cumin and LoSalt – cook the spices out for 3-4 minutes.

5. Whisk together the yoghurt, gram flour and the chilli powder and add to the meat.

6. Reduce the heat to low, add the stock, check for seasoning, cover and transfer to the oven cooking for approx. 1 ½ – 2 hours until the meat is tender.

7. Once tender stir in the fresh mint and the coriander.

Naan Bread:

1. Sieve flour, sugar and LoSalt together.

2. Dissolve yeast in the milk then stir in yoghurt.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, to form a dough.

4. Knead until smooth then cover and prove until doubled in size.

5. Remove from the bowl and knock out all the air and knead until smooth.

6. Divide mix into golf ball sized pieces and roll into the classic tear drop shape.

7. In a warmed, non-stick frying pan brushed with butter, add naan bread dough. Colour lightly, then flip over and colour on the other side.

8. Once all coloured, place into a hot oven for 2-3 minutes.