Monday, February 28, 2011

Get Ready for Some Curry!

Hello, hello, hello! Today is an interesting day. We are going to be cooking Indian food. I am delighted to say that we will be cooking one of my favorite dishes: Curry. Now, curry is a generic description throughout the middle east to describe spiced dishes.
Now, I know some of you are saying, "I know nothing about this... curry that you speak of." Well, that's okay because everything you would want to know will be shown to you. Now, there is nothing specific ingredient that makes a "curry". It's deeper than that depending on what region you are from, but the main 3 ingredients you can always trust to be in a curry are: turmeric, coriander, and cumin. They may not be in one dish at the same time, but they are used most of the time. Now, onto our dish of the day. Drum roll please?

Bengali Chicken Curry and Potatoes

You will need:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 large red-skinned potatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
NOTE: You can find these items at your local market or specialty Indian market or store

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the onions in the hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2.  Add the ginger-garlic paste and continue cooking another 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; stir the tomatoes into the mixture and cook until the tomatoes are pulpy, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Season with the cayenne pepper, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, and cumin; cook and stir another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and potatoes to the mixture in the skillet; simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the cilantro over the mixture and continue simmering another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve!

This recipe makes my mouth water! I hope you all enjoy it. See you all soon bloggers!