Chicken Korma with Mixed Vegetables

chicken korma slow-carb recipe

Everyone knows that Mexican food is generally pretty safe cuisine, but I’ve got a bit of a dark horse for you.

When a lot of people think of Indian food, they might think it’s a little scary. Until they walk in to an Indian restaurant, that is. The smell is captivating.

What I love about Indian food the most is their very generous use of the most amazing spices in the world. Whenever I go, I can always count on plenty of chicken, vegetables, and even lentils. The only two things you really have to watch for are cream-based sauces and cheese (paneer).

So today I offer to you a korma dish to try out. It seems almost exactly like a curry recipe I have, but kormas are made with some type of cream base. This one uses lite coconut milk, so it’s quite 4HB friendly!


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp ground garam masala
  • 1/2 to 2/3 c coconut milk
  • salt to taste
  • 1 chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 c mixed vegetables


  1. In about 1-2 tbsp of heated oil, cook the onions, garlic, and ginger until the onions are soft.
  2. Add all of the spices and continue cooking another minute or two, then add the coconut milk.
  3. If you need to thin it out a bit, add a bit of water.
  4. While the onion and spices cook, brown up your chicken.
  5. Add browned chicken and vegetables to the onions and cook until heated through.
  6. Optional: serve over cauliflower “rice”.

Taking it further

You don’t have to stick with just chicken. You can leave the meat out all together, or you could do beef. To be really adventurous, you could try lamb or goat. It’s all up to you. The korma is just a base.

If you need some extra legumes, add 1/2 c of lentils to the pot as well.

It should be thick like stew, not necessarily runny like soup.

Do you like Indian food? What’s your favorite 4HB friendly dish?

Buen provecho!

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  1. Making this tonight. Looks great!

    • Let me know how it turnes out, Kelly! 🙂


      • Hi, is coconut milk allowed on the slow carb phase?

        • Hi Mags,

          In short, I believe so. There are only 2 references to coconut milk in The 4 Hour Body, and they’re in the chapter on doing it as a vegetarian. Tim Ferriss never says not to use it.

          Now, by “coconut milk”, though, I’m not referring to the stuff they sell with regular and soy milks. I’m talking about the stuff in a can that you usually have to go to the international section in your grocery store to find. Plain, simple coconut milk. If that’s what you use, then it’s almost 100% fat (a great kind of fat), and is – in my opinion – perfectly fine for a slow-carb diet.

          (I also use coconut oil, which I find to be wonderful.)

          Thanks for your question!

          • I think you are refering to coconut cream milk which is equivalent to heavy whipping cream(which is full 100% fat), coconut milk is very thin

  2. Mm yummy one of my favorite dishes. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


  3. Wow.. I will try this for our lunch . I been thinking where I use my fresh turmeric.
    It its the same effect Jason if i use the fresh turmeric not the powder one?

    Thank you.

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