ceylon chicken curry – indian hotel style

Welcome to crazy tasty land. Indian hotel style Ceylon chicken curry. For when you feel the need for something that really slams your tastebuds with flavour.

Think Sri Lankan spices. Green chilies. Curry leaves. Coconut. A whole lot of South Indian goodness going on here.

This is restaurant style cooking. Not like your neighbourhood restaurant though. This is posh. High-end. What happens when Indian chefs go looking for a Michelin star.

OK – maybe not a Michelin star. That’s over the top. But I’m betting this is what goes on in serious Indian restaurant kitchens. The ones people line up for. And what goes on in the fanciest restaurants in India.

Close up of Ceylon chicken curry from above.

Indian hotel might not be a style you know

This is a little different. Don’t jump into this recipe assuming you can just use your regular Indian restaurant curry base.

This is not one of those recipes. And for the record. I still love my regular curry base. But I’m really impressed with the results I’m getting with hotel style. With this sledgehammer curry gravy.

This is a new approach. A whole different take on how to cook Indian restaurant style.

Don’t write me off. Don’t run back to what you know. What you believe. Indian hotel curry gravy is a bit of a game changer.

It’s not a lot of boiled onions. It’s a lot of deeply browned onions. And that gets you somewhere completely different. A whole new depth of flavour.

This style is more work up front. But it’s easier to make at dinner time. And it’s way less messy. Some of the techniques are the same. It’s about identical until you get to the curry gravy.

Then it changes completely. You don’t need to add it in batches. It all goes in at once. And you don’t need to fry it hard. It’s already got the Maillard reaction magic built in.

I’d say it’s actually easier. Safer. You are going to get it right the first time. And then every time.

Bottom line. Do this and you will make a delicious Ceylon chicken curry. Seriously tasty.

Table scene - Ceylon chicken curry, dal with tomato and green chili and chapatis from above.

No need to pre-cook chicken when cooking Indian hotel style

This is my favourite thing about cooking Ceylon chicken curry hotel style. Any chicken curry really done hotel style. You don’t need to pre-cook the chicken. That’s incredible.

I’m not saying that because pre-cooking chicken is extra work. Look around. Glebekitchen is not about cutting corners. It’s about doing what it takes. Always.

I’m talking about not dumping great chicken flavour down the drain. Because that’s what happens when you pre-cook chicken. All those juices are lost. I have always had a big problem with that.

Not any more. The chicken poaches in the curry. The way it was meant to be. All those delicious juices in the sauce.

And in my mouth. Where they belong. Balance in the universe has been restored. I can sleep at night again.

Ceylon chicken in a Indian style hammered copper bowl from the front.

Ceylon chicken curry Indian hotel style

This is my inaugural hotel style recipe here at glebekitchen. The very first one. So I had to go for broke. I wanted wow. Serious wow.

So I’m going with Ceylon chicken curry. I’ve been meaning to make something like this for a long time. And I’m really glad I waited.

Because hotel style drives it completely over the top. It’s different. But if you like South Indian this one is for you.

One thing is certain. This is the first of many.

Ceylon chicken curry, dal , chapatis and cutlery table scene from the front.
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ceylon chicken curry

Ceylon chicken is about all the wonderful tastes of South Indian and Sri Lankan cooking. Coconut milk, curry leaves and lots of spice!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword ceylon chicken curry, Indian restaurant style
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 639kcal
Author romain | glebekitchen


The spice mix

  • 2 tsp Sri Lankan roasted curry powder – Madras curry powder isn't the same but it will do in a pinch.
  • 1 1/2 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp kasoor methi
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt – a bit less if you use regular table salt

Ceylon chicken curry

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil – any neutral oil works
  • 1 2" piece cinnamon bark – also called cassia bark
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 10 curry leaves – no you don't have to count them. Around 10 is fine.
  • 1 tbsp garlic ginger paste
  • 2 green chilies – jwala type finger hot green chilies cut in half lengthwise, seeded and into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup Indian hotel curry gravy – recipe link below
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs – cut into 3-4 pieces each
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste Pure tamarind paste – not tamarind sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar or jaggery (optional)


Do your prep

  • This goes fast. Be ready. Make your spice mix. Get your ingredients out and close to the stove.

Make the Ceylon chicken curry

  • Heat the oil in a medium frying pan until it just starts to shimmer.
  • Add the green cardamom, cassia bark and curry leaves. Cook about 30 seconds. You want to see little bubbles forming around your whole spices. It you don't get them right from the start heat your oil a little more next time. What you don't want to do is panic and crank the heat. You will just wind up burning things in the next step.
  • Stir in the garlic ginger paste and green chilies. Cook until the garlic ginger paste stops sputtering.
  • Turn your heat to medium low and add your spice mix. This is why you added a full 3 tablespoons of oil at the beginning. You want your spices to fry in the oil. Too little oil and the spices will stick or burn and you will be starting over.
  • Gently fry the spices in the oil, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds. This is where magic happens. Volatile compounds in the spices will be released into the oil. And that is big flavour.
  • Turn the heat up to medium. Add the Indian hotel curry gravy. Bring to a simmer. Really stir it to get the oil to combine and cook for about a minute. You don't need it to fry hard like a regular restaurant curry. That's the beauty of hotel style. You already have that done. No need to make a mess of your stove.
  • Add the chicken in an even layer and cover the pan. After about 5 minutes flip the chicken pieces. Tongs are good for this. Can't beat a good set of restaurant tongs in the kitchen. Cook until the chicken is just done.
  • The chicken should take around 8-12 minutes to cook through. It really depends on how large the chicken thigh pieces are. Best bet is to use an instant read thermometer and go for 170F.
  • Once the chicken is done, stir in the coconut milk and tamarind paste. Simmer for one minute.
  • The texture should be about right at this point. If it's too thick add a bit of water or chicken stock Not a lot. Probably a couple tablespoons max.
  • If it is too thin (chicken throws a fair bit of liquid as it cooks) just let the curry simmer uncovered for a minute or two.
  • Taste and decide if you fall in the slightly sweet camp. If you do add the sugar and stir. It will open up the flavours a bit. I like it.
  • Serve with rice or Indian flatbread. Or both!


Make your Indian hotel curry gravy ahead of time. 
For maximum flavour you really should make your garlic ginger paste from scratch.
You may notice there’s no tomato paste or passata in this recipe. The tomato comes from the hotel curry gravy. It’s there already.


Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 1415mg | Potassium: 856mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 893IU | Vitamin C: 122mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 4mg

102 thoughts on “ceylon chicken curry – indian hotel style”

  1. Hi Romain,

    Would this recipe work for lamb too?

    Already have the lamb defrosting and the lamb vindaloo is excellent, but we wanted to try a new recipe. All your recipes so far have been the best we’ve ever tried.

    • Yes although if you are cooking from raw you will need to be careful (watch your liquid levels) for the longer braise.

  2. I am going to try the hotel style next week. One question: should the hotel curry base be simmering before it’s added to the curry?

    • If you start with the glebekitchen restaurant Madras curry but swap out the madras curry powder for the Sri Lankan curry powder it would be a reasonable starting point for a restaurant style Cyelon

    • Deleted the link because if it ever moves I will never find it. Thanks for the heads up. FWIW I like cars a lot too:-)

  3. Hi Roman, can see a little bit of a typo at the kasoori methi is that meant to be 1/2 or 1 1/2 the space has thrown me off!

  4. 5 stars
    Hotel gravy FTW!!

    I finally made my first batch of hotel gravy yesterday evening and then made this as my first taste of the “Hotel Style” series today.

    I’m left asking myself why I waited so long to try the hotel style!

    I already had some proper Sri Lankan roasted curry powder and all the other ingredients on hand so making this was a breeze. What a great tasting dish! The balance between the tamarind sourness, the richness of the coconut milk, a hint of sweetness and the multi-layered hotel gravy was truly stunning.

    And now I have five more portions of hotel gravy in my freezer ready to start working my way through the hotel style recipes. My taste buds owe you a debt of gratitude Romain!

    • This was the very first of the hotel series so I wanted it to be really good. I’m delighted your taste buds agree:-)

  5. Hey Romain, commenting to say I really appreciate your take and style.

    Really enjoying Glebe Kitchen and the recipes are delicious.

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely delicious and definitely one of my new favorite dishes! Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe, I will definitely be making it again and again. Keep up the good work!

  7. Hi Romain, not sure what I’m missing but there is no recipe or source for the Sri Lankan roasted curry powder. Dying to make this as it’s always been a favoutite curry but I don’t understand where I’m getting (or making) the curry powder from – can you enlighten me please?

  8. Hi Romain. I stay in Singapore. Here i get Baba’s chicken curry piwder. Can i use that ? If cannot can you give the recioe for Srilankan Roasted curry powder?

    • Baba’s is quite different but it is amazing stuff and I think this dish would be delicious using it. In fact I’m going to make that. A little Sri Lanka/Malaysia fusion.

  9. Hi Romain, tastes good, but
    I thought they didn’t use regular cane Jaggery in Sri Lanka but a much sweeter version made from a tree sap.
    So in your video you make fun of the inclusion of Mango chutney ( invented by an Indian Chef 40 years ago ) which you said came from UK. Including mango Chutney with the jaggery would make sense to me you would get a sweetness close to what they actually use! Also after all if you eat in Sri Lanka you’re unlikely not to eat ripe mango with your meal, one of their staple fruits.

    • I walk a bit of a line here. I push pretty hard on sourcing ingredients in general (Sri Lankan roasted curry powder as an example). Pushing people beyond jaggery to try to source palm syrup is a bit far far even for me.

      Mango chutney – that’s just me having a bit of fun. I love mangoes. Mango anything in fact. Mangoes were dessert in my house growing up…

  10. 5 stars
    Hi Romain, I can’t even remember how I came across your site but I’m so glad I did! This is THE best curry I’ve ever eaten, let alone made myself! The first one I’ve tried from your site. Thought I’d go straight into hotel style. Your hotel tikka massala is also awesome. I will be making my way through all the hotel ones I think. Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to share these amazing recipes with the world.

    • You are very welcome. I’m delighted you went straight to hotel style. A bit more work up front but so worth it I think.

  11. I only came here to find out what Ceylon curry tasted like to choose what to cook next from the Curry Guy bible, but your food writing is so persuasive I’m now going to be making your hotel gravy and your version of the curry. So much more work, damn you!

    • On one hand I’m sorry to cause you more trouble. On the other hand I’m absolutely delighted you’re taking the plunge into hotel style:-). The other hand wins!

  12. Hi Romaine, probably asked before but what do you mean by tamarind paste? Is it soaked off a soft or hard block or is it a concentrate in a tub, I use tamarind sauce a lot in my pathia but need an example of what the paste is..in the uk by the way and I now only use glebe kitchen for my curries absolute game changer

    • You can make tamarind paste using the blocks. That’s the absolute best but it is a bit of work. I often use products labelled tamarind paste (100 percent tamarind) that I can get in any Indian shop here in Canada. I don’t use the stuff labelled concentrate. You should be able to taste the product from the jar and find the flavour sour/tart but not unbearably so. I looked on amazon.uk and I see Morrison’s and a few others labelled paste (not concentrate). I also saw one labelled puree which might be the same. Unfortunately short of going to the UK and buying a bunch of jars to sample I can’t give a definitive answer.

      I am told using around 1/3 of the specified quantity but substituting concentrate works but I’ve never tried it.

    • I actually bought a tamarind paste from Waitrose and now I understand, you can simply use the hard or soft block for pure paste and put it through the sieve.
      This made a perfect Ceylon, my absolute favourite behind the classic Pathia.
      Thanks Romaine you are a star as usual

  13. 5 stars
    Hello Romain
    As it is near impossible to get fresh curry leaves in the UK I have done some research and found out that there are a few substitutes for curry leaves. number one being lime zest and number two Kaffir leaves which I have read taste exactly the same as curry leaves mind you I have never seen Kaffir leaves in UK either, but Limes are ready available so I am making the Ceylon curry tonight and will experiment with using lime zest as a substitute. The recipe calls for approximately ten curry leaves so I think I shall start with five leaf sized gratings of zest and see how it turns out. Thank you once again for your great recipes.
    Paul H

    • Lime zest isn’t close and kaffir lime leaves are a completely (seriously) different beast. Kaffir lime leaves are one of the distinctive tastes you experience in Thai curries.

      Googling shows fresh curry leaves available from Amazon and Sainsbury’s in the UK. Better to leave them out than to use kaffir lime leaves I think. Good luck with the lime zest (although I’d probably just leave that out as well).

  14. 5 stars
    I’ve been using your hotel style recipes for a while now and they have transformed my curries to a different level, so big thanks. The only one ingredient I struggle with is tamarind, the difference between concentrate, paste etc. I have the maggies tamarind sauce but could you recommend a concentrate and paste brand to use. Appreciate your advice and thanks for the recipes.

    • Delighted to hear that! Maggis Tamarina is great but it adds other flavours and sugar.

      I don’t know that offering up brands from Canada is going to help in the UK but I look for products that list their ingredients as tamarind and salt and you can eat a spoonful of paste and not have your head explode. If you are tasting it out of the jar it should be around or slightly less sour than lemon juice (a very subjective guideline I know).

      Tamicon concentrate (which I believe is available everywhere) is exactly what I don’t use as it is too strong. You could likely adapt recipes to make use of it at maybe 1/3 the quantity but I haven’t tested the recipes that way so I am not at all sure how they would turn out.

  15. 5 stars
    This is mind blowing!
    After many “nearly” and real restaurant curry recipes on your blog I gathered my willpower and made the hotel gravy. First I made my favorite: madras. Then this. I had to use madras curry powder and omit the curry leaves, but it was still mind blowing! I have a new favorite!
    Btw, now I know, how much meat do I need for 2 portions, but I struggled to figure out how many grams do I need, based ok the instructions. Thighs can vary in size and I prefer chicken breast.
    So can you include the weight in your recipes? (Usually 280g)

    • That’s awesome to hear. Delighted you made the leap to hotel style.

      I’m not super precise on weights for raw chicken because, as you say, chicken thighs vary in size. To make it even trickier I always buy bone-in, skin-on and bone them out myself as I want the bones for stock. Somewhere around 300 grams is about right.

  16. any chance for a from scratch recipe to make sri lankan roasted curry powder?

    i found was only able to find ariya sri lankan curry powder at my local grocer. it seems ok but unsure if the potential could be better with a fresh mix.

    • 4 tbsp coriander seeds
      3 tbsp cumin seeds
      2 tbsp black peppercorns
      2 tbsp basmati rice
      1 tbsp black mustard seeds
      3 tsp whole cloves, large about 15 cloves (see notes)
      2 tsp scant, cardamom seeds from green cardamom seeds from the pods
      1 tsp fennel seeds

      I just made this and it’s unbelievable.

      First throw the rice in the pan on a medium low heat, keep shaking the pan as you go until the rice starts browning lightly. Add everything else and continue shaking everything for 3 to 4 minutes.

      Let everything cool for 5 mins or so and grind.

      Smells ridiculous, like pot pouri, but when you get to finished product you will be angry you doubted yourself lol

  17. Hi Romain. My Indian grocer gave me Suryaa Roasted Curry Powder and told me it is Sri Lankan Roasted Curry Powder. Is this stuff ok to use in this recipe?

    • I looked at the ingredient list and it looks about right. The one I found on the web was listed as “hot” and had red chili as the first ingredient where mine does not so this version is likely spicier than the version I use. Not a huge deal though. Just a bit spicier. Maybe cut back on the Kashmiri chili powder in the recipe to compensate?

  18. 5 stars
    Hi Romain
    I have made the Hotel style Ceylon Chicken Curry twice now and it is amazing using your base gravy and all the ingredients have definitely taken my curries to another level. I am from Manchester England and when we have a curry the starter is more often than not Onion Bhaji balls of sliced onions and various spices all bonded together with chick pea flower and deep fried ( my mouth is watering just thinking about them ). Have you ever made them and if so Do you have any recipes for them I would be interested to know.
    Thank You

  19. Hi Romain
    In the notes you mention the restaurant spice mix but I can’t see it listed in the ingredients. I’m planning on using the Sri Lankan spice mix that you gave for your Kerala chicken curry, I hope that’s right. Looking forward to cooking this, Gemma

    • My bad. That’s a carry over in the notes that I have now corrected. Thank you for pointing that out. The Kerala masala is not the same as Sri Lankan roasted curry powder but it will still be one tasty dish!

    • Ah yes thanks Romain, I remember now. The Kerala dish was awesome. I have a spice mix labelled ‘Sri Lankan’ so I must have made your Ceylon before and made the spice mix (I think I used Rick Stein’s recipe). I am totally addicted to your curries and was keeping notes on them but have lost that notebook so I’m not quite sure how I’m sleeping at night without it! Gemma

    • Hope you find the notebook soon. Sounds to me like you are getting pretty good at it though so maybe don’t need it any more?

  20. 5 stars
    This is unbelievable. Glebe Kitchen already changed my life once with the restaurant-style curries— this recipe (and the hotel-style technique) just did it again. I made it once with chicken, then again with tilapia fillets, and THAT was probably the tastiest thing I’ve ever cooked. Seriously. Just incredible.

    • This is such an awesome comment! Thank you. It’s exactly the progression I’m hoping to take people through. Start with restaurant style and then, when it’s time to up your game, make the jump to hotel style. I need to get some fish and seafood curries up. Thanks for reminding me.

    • That won’t work. You will be cutting back on the heat but you will also be cutting back on the other spices. You could try 1/2 tsp of the Suryaa with 1 1/2 tsp of madras curry powder. Won’t quite be the same but I am afraid that if you just go with 1/2 tsp of the Ceylon curry powder you will find the dish a bit under-flavoured.

      Leaving out the kashmiri chili powder is another possibility but again, you are rolling back on the spice and kashmiri chili powder adds flavour without a lot of heat.

  21. 5 stars
    Hi Romain. You are a legend! I’m a chirpy, cheerful Scouser from Liverpool, England, and I’ve been bang into my ‘Ruby Murrays’ (curries) since 1996 when I discovered the delightful flavours of Indian cuisine. I fell in love with the butter chicken at first and expanded my taste from there, trying every classic and off the beaten track dish over the last 25 years. And I’ve ate Indian in many countries from USA to Eastern Europe.

    Let me tell you, this Hotel Style Ceylon is THE BEST dish I’ve ever tasted in my entire life! What a culinary sensation! A combination of hot, sweet and sour. Absolutely OUTSTANDING!

    Thank you for being you and for imparting the knowledge and techniques you’ve researched. You’re bang on the money! And thank you for making a positive difference to our lives and kitchens. Stay you! You’re a good man

  22. 5 stars
    I just tried your Ceylon chicken curry, it was superb. The best homemade curry I’ve ever made. Superb flavours, very, very tasty. Thanks very much

  23. Hi Romain,
    some questions regarding the big whole spices:
    In the final dish I guess normally you fish them out and don’t eat them, is that right?
    Cardamom: Should I coarsely crush the pods to make them release more flavour? Or will the 3 pods release enough flavor in a whole?
    Cassia: most sticks are so wide that the curled sides don’t touch the oil. Should I crush the 2” piece lengthwise to have a couple of slim splinters which can be properly fried? Or would that be too intense?

    Hoping those questions are not too academic 🙂

    Many thanks in advance for your answers.

    • Not too academic at all. I am pretty sensitive to the strong, floral taste that cardamom brings so I don’t crush the pods personally. That’s a matter of personal preference so up to your taste.

      For the cassia, not a bad idea if you want to take the time. Again, personal preference. I am half Bengali and Bengalis love a hint of cinnamon so I usually use smaller pieces (except when I am taking pictures because it makes for a nicer look).

      As far as fishing whole spices out, again I am half Bengali so I was trained from childhood to just eat around them. If you don’t share this skill then by all means fish them out. Cardamom in particular is quite a surprise if you do bite down.

  24. Hi Romain,

    I’m going to try this Ceylon chicken curry soon. Unfortunately I’m not yet familiar with tamarind. I bought one of those 400g blocks (dried tamarinde, no seeds). Do I have to soak a piece in water and make it into a paste or is your recipe meant to cut off a spoonful of the pure tamarind?

    Many thanks in advance for some advice. 🙂

    • I use jarred tamarind paste (not concentrate) that I purchase from my local Indian grocer. I’m not exactly sure what is in your block but it should be about the same thing. The tamarind blocks I get need to be dissolved and then strained which is a fair bit of work – which is why I go the easy route and get the paste. For reference, the paste I use is roughly the texture of apple sauce. If you’ve never used tamarind before it’s probably a good idea to google how to make the paste.

      Maybe add a bit less than the recipe calls for and decide whether you are happy with the flavour profile. If you want it a bit more tart you can always add more. What you can’t do is take it away.

    • Thanks, now I know what to do. I will soak / strain the tamarind block to get the thinner paste (as I googled earlier). Maybe I can freeze it to last longer. And next time I’m buying the paste straight away.

      Thanks again, greetings from Munich.

  25. 5 stars
    Hi Romain,
    Absolutely loving your recipes, thank you so much for sharing them. This Indian hotel style gravy is like the holy grail of curry making we absolutely love it!
    We just had basmati rice and naan with this curry. What would you say is the best kind of rice to serve along side this?
    Thank you!

    • Great to hear. Thank you!

      I’m a bit boring when it comes to rice. Properly cooked basmati prepared with salted water is my go to. A good pilau rice is nice for special occasions but I eat plain white basmati 95 percent of the time.

  26. Hi Romain. May I ask how far in advance your hotel style and restaurant style dishes can be made in advance. Would they hold up for a few hours or no.

    • If you are making them ahead of time I would just put them in the fridge and then gently reheat in saucepans right before dinner. They hold up quite well.

  27. 5 stars
    I’ve made about 8 of your Indian recipes, and this is definitely the best one. I was able to get a nice roasted Sri Lankan curry powder. I think that’s what makes this dish so great. And the cinnamon.

    • Nice to hear you’re finding lots to cook at Glebe Kitchen. This one is high on my list as well. The hotel style curries in general I am really enjoying.

  28. 5 stars
    Just tried the Ceylon Chicken Curry, Man the flavours were awesome and really savaged my taste buds, I made the Hotel Curry gravy way ahead of needing it as well as the Garlic & Ginger paste, it makes sooo much difference time wise. Thanks Romain for a great recipe, keep em coming!!

    • The hotel curry gravy really makes for delicious curries. I will most certainly keep them coming as I am probably more excited than anyone about it!

  29. Your recipes (which are amazing btw) generally serve two people. I need to make bigger servings so can I just double the ingredients to serve 4 for example?
    Can you also do a prawn curry? (Sorry if you already have and I’ve not seen it ?)
    Thank you

    • Thank you for saying! The recipes labelled hotel style double well – both from a recipe and technique perspective.

      The ones labelled Indian restaurant are a bit trickier. You need a big enough pan to really fry the curry base hard in restaurant style. I usually just make the same recipe twice when cooking restaurant style but if you are feeling up to the challenge you can double pretty safely. Just make sure you don’t skimp on the oil. More spice means more oil so the spices have enough oil to bloom in properly.

      There are some that say just doubling results in the curry being over-spiced but I find, as long as you bloom the spices properly, it isn’t a problem.

      I don’t have a prawn curry posted but it has been on the list for too long so I will move it up…

  30. 5 stars
    So I just tried this recipe. First one for yours I ever did. Also happened to be the best curry I ever cooked. I cook indian farily often. Mostly home style, though. This was on another level. The only thing I would change is add a little more salt (which I know is very individual), but that was easy to do at the end, before plating.

    Will be trying out the rest, and waiting impatiently for more recipes! Would love a mehti ghost, or rogan josh!

  31. Every time I try one of your recipes it becomes my new favorite. Ceylon Chicken was amazing with its layers of flavor. The hotel style curry was so good that I could have just eaten it in a bowl. Can’t wait to try the other 2 recipes using this hotel style curry. I’m sure each will become my new favorite!

  32. Hi. Can’t wait to make this next week! It might be me being a bit dense (no change there then .. ?), but not sure on spice mix quantities. So, is it one half or one AND a half tsp of chili powder? Also is it half a tsp of methi? Sorry for complicating matters- I just want to get it spot on. Thanks!

    • If I say 1 1/2 it is 1 1/2 (as in 3 halves). It is half tsp of methi.

      Sorry to take so long to get back to you. I am having huge connectivity problems at the moment…

    • Thanks for clarifying that. So sweet to apologise but tbh, and I think I speak on behalf of everyone posting on here, I am more than impressed (and a little bit humbled!) by the speed of your replies and think that it’s really lovely that you take the time to reply to every single question and person ? Just waiting for my Sri Lankan curry powder now. Yum!

  33. 5 stars
    I made your hotel style Ceylon chicken and my word it really was something else, I didn’t know about the Sri Lankan curry powder before and my, what a taste difference, I believe this dish was more widely on restaurant menus back in the 70s, I am so happy that you have published this recipe. I live in a prodomately Asian community and love Asian cooking anyway and my curry’s are always really nice but since coming across your recipes Romaine, you have took my skill to another level and I take my hat off to you, you know your onions(excuse the pun) and no going back now..Keep the recipes coming, I am loving it

  34. Made the curry gravy and used it with chicken,potato and carrot combination…would love for you to post curry gravy recipes…I first thought it was the same as the curry base, but now see that most of your recipes call for the base rather than the gravy!

    • You are catching me early in this new approach I’m afraid. The recipe base here has been built up over years. That’s why you see so many recipes using the more traditional curry base.

      The whole hotel style concept is only a month old on glebekitchen. I’ve published 3 new hotel style recipes in the last three weeks (ceylon, green chili and naga tikka chicken) and I am working on more as fast as I can. They are coming. I promise! I know it’s no fun waiting…

      You can freeze the curry gravy in one cup portions and thaw them out as new recipes are published. It won’t be long. I am absolutely committed to (and super excited about) this series.

  35. Dear Romain
    Well..where do I begin? I’ve just finished cleaning up (as in scraping every visible bit of sauce from plates & pans like a woman possessed) after cooking your ceylon chicken curry. I could make this a long gushy comment on how great it is but I’ll just be brief and say that, my goodness, it was truly divine!

    Please know how much I (and I’m sure everyone else here) appreciates what you do. There are gazillions of happy taste buds out there! So thank you! x

    • That is awesome to hear. I’m so glad you liked it. I am really excited by this new approach to restaurant (hotel) curry.

  36. 5 stars
    OMG!!!! We’ve just devoured this delicious curry, the flavours were mmmmm gorgeous.
    Another fantastic hit from Romain well done sir.

    All 3 of us agreed that it was fab. Now what’s next, can’t wait??

    • That’s exactly how I reacted. This hotel style gravy is a whole different beast.

      I have a few on the go. I will be publishing them as fast as I can.

  37. 5 stars
    Wow! That was delicious – Rich, sweet and sour, nice heat. Will be doing that again very soon (maybe slightly fewer, or smaller fresh curry leaves for me). Loving the new ‘base’ source Romain, looking forward to more recipes

    • The new recipes will be coming just as fast as I can crank them out. I’m super excited about this new approach. Really happy to hear you are enjoying it too!

    • I haven’t used dried curry leaves but I hear they are OK. Not the same but not terrible. This curry will still be very good without curry leaves though so worst case just leave them out.

  38. I know what I’m doing this evening 🙂
    Can’t get any sri Lankan curry powder at short notice (even the local international food store doesn’t have any) so will have to try and make some up from an internet recipe

  39. Wow, Romain! I will be making this in the next day or two to be sure. This recipe looks superb and thank you so much for sharing your knowledge of deliciousness. I’ll leave another comment to let you know how it turns out. Sometimes you just know by reading a recipe that it will become a favourite, as I’m sure this one will be! Again, many thanks!

    • My pleasure. I’m super excited by this new approach. I’m going to be posting a bunch of recipes as quick as I can get them out!

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