Chimans Balti Chicken Spice Blend


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Chicken in a mildly spicy tomato sauce. Quick and easy to make, it is ideal for lunches and suppers and makes a great family meal.

How to make Chimans Balti Chicken Spice Blend in a thermal cooker – Mild.

This can be cooked in a Thermal Cooker  if you have one using the instructions below.

If you don’t have a thermal cooker this spice blend can be cooked in the conventional way using the instructions on the packet but remember you will not save up to 80% on cooking fuel.


Chimans Balti Chicken Spice Blend


  • Chimans Balti Chicken Spice Blend
  • 1kg chicken joints, skinned
  • 4 tbsps vegetable oil or ghee
  • l large red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Fresh coriander to garnish




  1. Cut chicken into 4 pieces
  2. In the inner pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and fry until golden brown.
  4. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  5. Stir in the spices and fry for 30 seconds.
  6. Add chicken, adjust heat to medium high, and fry until it changes colour (5-6 minutes), turning frequently.
  7. Add tomatoes; stir, mix well and bring to the boil.
  8. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Put the inner pot into the insulated outer container and shut the lid,
  10. Cook without power for a minimum of 1 hour.
  11. Serve garnished with fresh coriander.

For a delicious meal, serve with Chiman’s Bombay Potatoes, basmati rice, naan bread and a green salad


  • Chiman’s spice mixes have a long best before time, however are safe to use after that time. They simply lose some flavour.
  • If you are cooking for less than 4 people you could freeze some of the cooked meal or only use half the packet.
  • If you find the food too spicy or too hot, simply use less than the whole sachet of spices according to taste.
  • If you like more of a chilli kick, add some fresh chopped chilli to the dish or serve in a small bowl so that everyone can have exactly the amount they like.
  • If you find your mouth burning, resist the temptation to drink water. Instead, have a spoonful of yogurt or a lassi drink.
  • We often get asked which oil to use – vegetable oil is the best option as it is light, doesn’t affect the flavour of the spices and it’s healthy too!
  • Best for kids (and adults!) who like a mild curry: Kofta Bhoona (let them roll the balls themselves); Chicken Korma; Chicken Tikka Masala; Cauliflower & Spinach Bhaji
  • An anonymous tip: Try adding a few green peas to the Spicy Chick Peas. It adds colour without upsetting the balance of the dish



chilli powder, coriander, cumin, garam malasa, ginger, sea salt, turmeric



Chiman's Spices, Chiman's Poultry Spice Blends, Chiman's Mild Curries

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