Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chicken Coconut Curry...Indian Style


this is definitely a KILLER CURRY recipe.  i admit, i am a novice to Indian cooking and Indian foods, but this is a fabulous introduction to some delicious Indian style flavors and cuisine.  i think it's pretty darn easy, you just need the right spices.  from what i gather your choice of spice blend or Garam Masala is a key factor in the curry department.  i suppose most people think of "curry" as that yellow powder, but as i quickly found out there are many many different curries out there AND not all Garam Masalas are alike.  i would suggest buying your curries and or Garam Masala from somewhere authentic.  the first bottle i bought from a huge chain store wasn't even close to the stuff i bought at the Persian/Middle Eastern market.

anyway...if you're looking for some good belly warming curry, this is a great recipe to start with.  don't worry about the coconut milk being too strong.  the coconut milk does not make it taste "coco-nutty" as i thought it might...it just adds to the rich sauce.  it's all pretty simple, done in one pot/large skillet and my first try was a delicious winner.  i will definitely make this again and would be quite proud to bring this to a holiday potluck...oh, yeah, right...like i'm going to sooooo many potlucks lately.

found at Recipes.com submitted by Amanda Fetters

i adapted the recipe a little... where it calls for 3 Tbsp of "curry" i used 2 Tbsp of Garam Masala and 1 Tbsp of yellow curry
ALSO i used more ginger root, approx 1 Tbsp
AND 4 chicken breast halves.  approx 1.25 lbs

3 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp curry (2 Tbsp Garam Masala, 1 Tbsp yellow curry powder)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp paprika
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger root...i used more!
1/2 tsp white sugar
salt and pepper to taste
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves-cut into large bite size
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger root
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 cup plain yogurt...i used Greek non fat
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper.  optional more or less to taste

prepared rice and or some steamed vegetables go great with this.
photo is with steamed cauliflower and peas.

heat olive oil in a skillet over med. heat.  saute onion 'till lightly browned.  stir in garlic, curry powder, cinnamon, paprika, bay leaf, ginger, sugar and salt.  continue stirring for 2 min.  add chicken pieces, tomato paste, yogurt, and coconut milk.  bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 min.

remove bay leaf, and stir in lemon juice and cayenne.  simmer for 5 more min.

serve with rice, indian breads, steamed vegetables or what ever you fancy.
i dug in with a big spoon!


Lauren said...

I love Indian food, but have not had much success in recreating my favorite restaurant dishes. This chicken coconut curry sounds great, and I am definitely going to give it a try!

Cherine said...

This looks really good!

Paola said...

Bookmarked for later this week! I'll let you know how it turn out :)

Jules and Ruby said...

Paola...can't wait to hear if you like it as much as i do.

Paola said...

My update! So ya we had plans to make this dish for dinner in order to use up some leftover coconut milk we had in the fridge, everything was going smoothly until we were supposed to add in the milk which was when we realized that it was actually quite off! Trying to figure out what would be the best substitute we decided to use desiccated coconut flakes soaked in warm water and just dumped that into the curry! Im afraid that was a mistake because though flavour wise it was quite tasty (we had also added a small courgette and some frozen peas, served it with fresh naan and mango chutney) the texture of the curry was a bit to grainy for me...despite this we both went in for seconds, haa. Next time, for there will be a next time (!), we will definitely not skip out on the coconut milk ;) thanks again for posting the recipe and keep up the good blogging work!

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Prasad Kumar said...

I have been a follower of your blog since I discovered one of your curry recipe. This is one of my favorite Indian recipes and I really like coming back to your blog whenever I want to cook some good dishes. Thank you!

Rachel Page said...

Even a vegetarian will drool here, very tempting chicken curry

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