black garlic and coconut chicken curry

black garlic coconut curry

Have you ever cooked with black garlic? It’s a sweeter, richer version of it’s whiter cousin. Sainsbury’s sent me some to try.

black garlicThere’s no getting around it, it looks wrong. The flavour is very similar to regular garlic, but a bit like when you roast garlic cloves black garlic is a little sweeter and more intense. Wikipedia says it has balsamic vinegar-type flavours, and I can see that. The packet recommends eating it like a snack, but I’m not quite that antisocial. I did however get an idea to put it into a curry.


My black garlic and coconut curry uses leftover chicken from a roast as the main protein, but you could cook chicken separately and add to the pan, or use any leftover meat you like. It’d also be really good with some crispy tofu.

The garlic flavours are sweet and savoury at the same time, and coconut has similar properties so they’re really good together. You could use tinned coconut milk but I’m a big fan of powdered coconut milk as you can make up as much as you like, as rich as you like.

Thanks to Sainsbury’s sending some black garlic for me to try.

bowl of curry

black garlic coconut curry

black garlic and coconut chicken curry

Gary @ BigSpud


  • 400 g cooked chicken shredded
  • 2 tablespoons kecap manis
  • 1 inch ginger shredded
  • 3 cloves black garlic
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 300 ml chicken stock
  • Handful of frozen peas


  • In a bowl mash the black garlic with a fork and mix with the kecap manis, ginger and vinegar. Add the chicken and toss to coat thoroughly. Allow to mingle while you get on with the curry.
  • In a large frying pan heat a little oil over a high heat. Add the onions and peppers and stir fry until starting to soften. Add the chicken, coconut milk and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Add the peas and continue to cook until thickened. Adjust seasoning as required. Serve with rice and lime wedges.

Not enough curries for you?

Try Margot’s chicken korma

Or Nazima’s crab and coconut curry

Mabintu’s garlic and chickpea curry

More black garlic recipes

Michelle’s black garlic pate

Black garlic flatbreads

Black garlic and blue cheese bake



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