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Chicken Saag

Chicken saag is my favourite type of curry and having made it a few times on the stove, I thought I’d try it in the Thermomix.  This recipe is based on an about.com recipe.  I’m not a big a fan of biting into whole spices so the Thermomix is great for blending the spinach and spices into a smooth sauce.

Chicken SaagServes 4-6


5 black peppercorns

4 cloves

4 pods cardamom

4 cloves garlic, peeled

4cm piece of ginger, peeled and halved

1 large onion, peeled, quartered

20g vegetable oil

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tbsp garam masala powder

3 tomatoes, quartered

3 bunches (approximately 900g) spinach, trimmed, washed and chopped into quarters

1 tbsp Thermomix vegetable stock concentrate

600g chicken breast, chopped into 3cm pieces

Salt to season


1. Put peppercorns, cloves and cardamom into the Thermomix bowl and roast with the measuring cup (MC) off for 3 minutes/100C/Reverse/Speed 1; remove to a small bowl

2. Put garlic, ginger and onion into the Thermomix bowl, chop for 5 seconds/Speed 5

3. Add oil and cook with the MC off for 2 minutes/100C/Speed 1

4. Add whole and ground spices into the bowl and cook with the MC off for 7 minutes/100C/Speed 1

5. Add tomatoes and chop for 3 seconds/Speed 5

6. Cook with MC off for 10 minutes/100C/Speed 1

7. Add 1/3 of the spinach and stock and cook with MC off for 3 minutes/100C/Speed 1; use the spatula to mix the spinach into the sauce

8. Add another third of the spinach and cook with MC off for 2 minutes/100C/Speed 1; use the spatula to mix the spinach into the sauce

9. Repeat step 8 with the last of the spinach

10. Blend spinach mixture with MC on; going slowly from Speed 1 to 8 for 30 seconds

11. Add chicken and cook with MC half off for 15 minutes/100C/Reverse/Speed soft


10 comments on “Chicken Saag

  1. FionaT
    July 9, 2013

    I love Saag! Cant wait to make this one!

  2. Elysia
    August 2, 2013

    I am making this tomorrow night! Looks delicious. We prefer to eat chicken thigh though. Will give it a try.

    • ifwehavetoeat
      August 2, 2013

      Cool! Let us know how you go… Chicken thighs would definitely work too! I’m just too lazy to trim off all the fat that comes with thighs which is why I use the breast meat.

      • Elysia
        August 3, 2013

        This was so, so tasty! The texture of the sauce was perfect with just the right amount of cardamom coming through. We are curry fiends in this house (even the 3yo) and this will definitely make a regular appearance on our menu. The instructions were easy as to follow too. Thanks for sharing!

      • ifwehavetoeat
        August 13, 2013

        So glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed it! I’ll research some more curry recipes so stay tuned…

  3. Sarah Rice
    April 16, 2014

    Absolute hit! The whole family and the friends we shared it with polished it off in a heartbeat!

  4. Sandra
    December 6, 2018

    Love chicken saag and have only ever eaten it in a restaurant so would love to try cooking it in my thermomix. Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious, however, was wondering if I could add cream or yoghurt as it normally has a very creamy texture.

    • ifwehavetoeat
      December 6, 2018

      Hi Sandra, I’ve never tried this recipe with cream or yoghurt. Generally, I’d worry about them splitting in the hot sauce. If you want to give it a go, I’d stir it through after you’ve finished cooking the curry. Maybe put a bit of the curry in a small bowl first and add the cream or yoghurt to see how it goes. Hope that helps. Karen.

      • Sandra
        December 6, 2018

        Thanks! Will try it

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