Promised Moe a curry dinner this week. Usually we go out for curry because then we can order three or four different items. When I make curry, its the same thing. We want a variety. So I spent most of the afternoon off and on in the kitchen. We had a chicken and a beef curry and my favourite, Potato Cauliflower (Aloo Gobi) basmati rice and homemade chapati. Now if I only had a tandoori oven so I could have baked Naan, life would be perfect.
Simple Chicken Curry
Chicken pieces (Legs and thighs)Remove Skin
2 large onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 inch piece of ginger root
4 black or 8 green cardamom pods
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon cumin (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 cups chicken broth
Saute the onions in vegetable oil (about 1/4 cup). Cook until they turn light brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Add garlic, ginger and the spices. Continue cooking for a couple of minutes over low heat. Do not burn.
Add chicken and cook turning to coat well with the spices. Add the tomatoes and some chicken broth. Cover and cook until chicken is tender. Serve with Basmati rice and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup warm water
extra flour for dusting rolling surface
Note: Recipe can be adjusted.
Just keep the ratio of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour at 2 to 1.
ie. 1 cup whole wheat, 1/2 cup all purpose.
Place flour in food processor and add salt. Mix well.
Slowly add warm water and process until flour forms a soft dough. Knead in the machine for 50 to 60 seconds. Wrap in plastic and let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes.
Knead dough again and divide into equal size balls , approximately 20 to 24 depending on size.
Dust with flour and cover with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.
Roll each ball into a thin 7 to 8 inch circle.
Heat heavy frying pan and place chapati on pan and bake until small brown spots appear. Flip over being careful not to puncture. Cook on flip side and then remove and place directly on to the gas flame. Bread will puff up. Can be placed on a raised rack over an electric burner too.
Butter Chapatis, roll and wrap in a clean tea towel and place in low oven to keep warm while you cook the remaining Breads.
Cauliflower And Potatoes In A Spicy Curry Sauce
1 small head of cauliflower
3 russett potatoes
1/2 cup oil
1 small onion chopped
1 clove of garlic minced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1/4 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 to 2 teaspoons grated ginger
1 cup finely chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned)
2 to 3 cups of chicken broth
Fresh chopped coriander (Same as cilantro)
(optional: frozen peas)
Break cauliflower into about 1 1/2 inch pieces. Peel the potatoes and
cut into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces
Heat the oil over medium heat and when hot add the onions and saute until golden, add garlic and cumin seeds. Cook for a minute or two. Do not burn. Add the rest of the spices. Stir and add the potatoes and the cauliflower. Toss with the spices and cook for a few minutes and
then add the grated ginger, tomatoes and chicken broth. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender. If using frozen peas add now. Turn off heat and add chopped coriander (cilantro leaves)