Friday, March 25, 2011

Chicken Curry

I don't know what possessed me, but I have been craving curry like you wouldn't believe.  Living on "the Island", ethnic cuisine is hard to come by...unless you make it yourself.  Coming from Toronto, this is both a good and bad thing for me.  Bad because I'm used to eating at Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, or Indian restaurants whenever I want.  Good because it means I don't eat out often.  This said, whenever I'm in "the city", I make sure to stock  up on all my Japanese, Indian, Korean, Thai, Chinese ingredients.

This afternoon, I whipped up a curried vegetable dish, chickpea Channa and doubles, a chicken curry, and a Japanese curry. With all that food and just Hubby, The Student, Little One and myself to eat it, I decided to have an impromptu dinner party.  I invited my parents, a few friends and their kids, and we feasted on all that delicious curry.

Since I'm feeling generous, I'll share one of my curry recipes with you :) This one is my favourite! I love how all the senses are awakened by the contrasting flavours of the curry and spices, the refreshing zing of the lemon, and the sweetness of the coconut milk.

C's Chicken Curry

2 medium onions, chopped
Lots of garlic, chopped
3-4 heaping spoonfuls of curry powder
2 Tbsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
Grated ginger
cayenne powder
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
The juice of 1 lemon
Salt and Black pepper to taste
4 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
Coconut milk (I used creamed coconut milk in the bar form and added boiling water to thin it out a bit)
Olive oil to saute with

1. In a heavy pan, heat oil. I used my dutch oven (just because I LOVE using it!). Saute onions until translucent. Add garlic and spices. Stir for a few minutes. This is when everything starts to smell delicious!

2. Add chicken to pan. Add coconut milk and tomato paste. Bring everything to a boil.

3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Add lemon juice and simmer for a few more minutes.

4. Serve over bed of Basmati rice. I served vegetable curry to accompany this dish. Altogether, there were 4 different types of curries I made.

One of my friends brought some red wine, homemade guacamole and multi-grain tortilla chips, and a yummy dessert. Yeah, the wine, guac and chips, and dessert didn't really go with the Indian curry theme, but were a welcomed addition. I guess it wasn't entirely Indian themed, since we had Japanese curry and Caribbean chickpeas and doubles! :)

Everyone had a great time! For me, the best way to spend an evening is to share good company, good conversation, and good food!

**The chicken curry photo is not mine. Sadly, there were no leftovers of this dish!  I found the image here.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I think I'll make this tonight.

C said...

You are very welcome :) Did you end up making it? Let me know how it turned out :)

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