Chicken Curry

1 1/2 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs (about 3 to 4)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
2 teaspoons curry powder (preferably Madras)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 (13- to 14-oz) can unsweetened coconut milk
1 (14 1/2-oz) can stewed tomatoes
1/4 cup dried currants
1 (10-oz) package frozen whole baby okra
1/2 cup unsalted roasted cashews (3 oz), chopped

Pat chicken dry and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown chicken, turning over once, about 5 minutes total. Transfer chicken with tongs to a plate. Stir garlic, curry, and cayenne into fat in skillet, then add coconut milk, tomatoes with their juice, currants, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a simmer. Add okra and chicken along with any juices accumulated on plate and briskly simmer, partially covered, until chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cashews.

Serve with jasmine or basmati rice.

Makes 4 servings.