C46 Chicken Ambala

I came across this in several Indian restaurants on a trip to Scotland and thought I would see if I could replicate it and this is a reasonable approximation. Ambala is a city towards the north of the state of Haryana near the border of the Punjab, but I have no idea if it is inspired by a dish from this area. This is an update on the original recipe which can still be found here. It is an excellent mild/medium curry although the amount of chilli powder can always be adjusted to suit your own preference.


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1 tbspn oil 300 ml c46 curry base sauce (see note 1)
50 gm onion (prepared weight) 2 tspn tomato purée
1½ tspn c41 tikka spice mix 4 tbspn (60 ml) passata (see note 2)
½ tspn chilli powder 1 portion c41 pre-cooked chicken
½ tspn c41 curry powder 30 gm green pepper (prepared weight)
½ tspn dried mint ¼ tspn salt



  1. Heat the oil in a wok or heavy pan and fry the onion, stirring regularly, 2 min.
  2. Stir in the c41 tikka spice mix, chilli powder, c41 curry powder and mint and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 min, adding a little c46 base sauce if needed to prevent drying and burning.
  3. Stir in the tomato purée and passata and cook, stirring for 1 min, adding c46 base sauce if needed to prevent drying.
  4. Add the chicken, green pepper, salt and 80 ml of c46 base sauce and cook, stirring regularly, for 3 min, adding c46 base sauce as needed to maintain the desired sauce consistency.


  1. Serve with rice and garnish with a little freshly chopped coriander.


(1) Dilute the c46 base sauce with 100 - 300 ml of water and heat before use (not all will be used in this recipe). The sauce should be on the 'thin side' and the initial thickness will largely depend on the onions. This can change depending on where the onions are produced, the specific variety and the growing conditions and can be quite variable as I have discovered.
(2) Chopped tomato could be used instead of passata, but the passata gives a deeper tomato flavour.

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The main ingredients
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The finished meal

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