Chicken, Apricot and Spinach Sweet & Sour Curry
Ingredients - feeds 4
2tbsp sunflower oil
5 whole black peppercorns
5 whole cloves
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb size of ginger, peeled and grated
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp ground cumin, coriander, garam masala, turmeric and ground chilli
750g chicken breast and:or thighs, cut into large pieces
400g chopped tomatoes
2tsp brown sugar
3tbsp red or white wine vinegar
100g dried apricots, halved
2 large handfuls of spinach, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 - Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the whole spices and stir fry for a minute. Add the onion and cook until starting to turn golden.
2 - Add the remaining spices along with the chicken and stir fry for a minute until covered.
3 - Tip in the tomatoes, sugar, vinegar and apricots and a little water. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid slightly off.
4 - Taste for seasoning. Finally, stir in the chopped spinach until just wilted. Serve with rice, breads and chutneys.