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Chicken Curry

Posted on 16 February 2017

My family loves Indian food and I love cooking all things Indian, I even make my own curry and garam masala powders! 

This is my go to curry recipe from the January 2005 Gourmet Magazine issue.

Feel free to adjust the heat and the ingredients. I have made many variations of this recipe and it always works! Cook some basmati rice, heat some naan and have a wonderful Family Day!


Servings: 4 to 6
Prep time: 0:45
Total time: 1:00

Ingredients

• 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
• 2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
• 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
• 3 tablespoons curry powder
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne
• 1 (3 1/2- to 4-pound) chicken, cut into 10 serving pieces (thighs work well here)
• 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 3/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
• Accompaniment: cooked basmati or jasmine rice
• Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro

Variations
• Shrimp
• Cauliflower
• Peas
• Chopped spinach
• Chick peas

Directions

Heat butter in a 5- to 6-quart wide heavy pot over moderately low heat until foam subsides, then cook onions, garlic, and ginger, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add curry powder, salt, cumin, and cayenne and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add chicken and cook, stirring to coat, 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, including juice, and cilantro and bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. 


Just before serving:
If using, add frozen peas to curry along with yogurt and simmer gently, uncovered, stirring, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.

Variations:

Add shrimp instead of chicken at the end....cook for five to ten minutes

Add a can of chickpeas if serving this as a main  dish. ( I drain and rinse the chickpeas and mashed half to thicken.)

Add chopped cooked spinach at the end.(kale works too!)

Excellent with cauliflower and peas for a vegetarian option. ...add the cauliflower at the spice stage, add the peas at the end.

Diced new potatoes at the spice stage are also good.

 

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