Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

(An old favourite)

You will need:

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced, divided
salt to taste
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon water
2 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut in bite-sized pieces
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon white sugar
3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
3 whole cloves
1 (2 inch) cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 bunch cilantro, chopped

Directions:

1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Stir in 1/3 of the onion; cook and stir until the onion is golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Remove the onion from the oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside.

2. Place the remaining 2/3 of onion and the bay leaf into the same skillet over high heat. Cook and stir until the onion has turned golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Stir in 1 tablespoon of water, then add the turmeric, chili powder, paprika, ginger, and garlic. Reduce heat to medium-high and continue to cook and stir until the liquid has reduced, then stir in another tablespoon of water.

3. Place the chicken and tomato slices into the onion mixture. Season with salt and sugar. Stir in the cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon stick, ghee, and 1 tablespoon of water. Cover and simmer on low until the liquid has reduced, 30 to 35 minutes.

Stir in the coriander. Simmer until the liquid has evaporated. Sprinkle with cilantro and reserved fried onions before serving.

Black Pepper Goat Curry

Black Pepper Goat Curry

(serve with rasam and rice or rotis)

You will need:

1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh curry leaves
2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
2 inch piece ginger, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, or amount to taste
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 pound goat stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup water
Directions:

1. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the chopped onion, and cook until the onion turns translucent and the edges begin to brown, about 7 minutes. Scrape the onion into the container of a blender, and set aside. Return the saucepan to the stove, and stir in the curry leaves and peppercorns. Cook and stir until the curry leaves wilt and turn almost dry, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the coriander, and cook 1 minute more. Scrape the curry leaves into the blender, and pour in 1/2 cup of water. Blend until the mixture has turned into a coarse paste.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in the saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the sliced onions, and cook until the onions have softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger and garlic, continue cooking until the garlic softens and mellows, about 3 minutes more. Stir in the cayenne pepper, salt, and turmeric; continue cooking 2 minutes.

Finally, stir in the tomato paste, goat meat, pureed peppercorn sauce, and the remaining 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the meat is tender, about 30 minutes.