Vadouvan French Masala Curry

Explore a distinctive French twist on Indian masala with our Vadouvan French Masala Curry. The French interpretation of curry powder, vadouvan, originated in the southern Indian region of Puducherry which was intermittently governed by the French from the late 17th century until gaining independence in 1954. Although it contains a kick of heat, it’s one of the most delicately flavored curry blends. Compared to many Indian spice mixtures, vadouvan is one of the most recognized among Western palates.

Our vadouvan curry recipe features the Vadouvan Masala Curry Powder, a spicy and savory unique masala flavored blend created by the combination of classic curry spices like mustard seeds, fenugreek, cumin, coriander, cardamom, and spicy chiles along with garlic, onion, and shallot. This versatile dish makes for a delicious and filling main course for lunch or dinner that the whole family will love.

Curious Spoon Culinary Team
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
30 minutes
Total Time:


Yield 4
  • 2 tbsp. Curious Spoon Vadouvan Masala Curry Powder
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil, divided
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 lb. Chicken Thighs, boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 cup Cream
  • 1 tsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1-1/2 cups Water
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups Rice, cooked

From the Kitchen

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Small bowl
  • Oven-Safe Skillet or Dutch Oven

Notes from the Chef:

This is another great recipe to double or triple amounts. Make at the beginning of the week for delicious leftovers all week long.

Make it a meal:
Serve with other Indian Curries to enjoy with a group.
Pairs well with:
Pair with a medium bodied red wine.
  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. 2

    Cut chicken into large chunks about 2-inch pieces. Heat 1 tbsp oil in oven-safe skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken pieces until golden and remove. Reserve chicken.

  3. 3

    Add 1 tbsp oil to pan and lower heat to medium-low. Add onion and cook for 7 minutes, stirring to make sure they don't brown too quickly. Add garlic, Curious Spoon Vadouvan French Masala Curry Powder and tomato paste and cook 1 minute more. Return chicken to pan, add cream and water. Bring to simmer.

  4. 4

    Place skillet or Dutch oven in oven for 20 minutes. Cook until thickest part of chicken reads 165°F on thermometer.

  5. 5

    Serve over rice.