Sometimes I just feel like curry, I want the warmth & the spices. This is my go to & has been for quite some time. It’s adapted, & little differently each time depending on what is lurking in the pantry, from Jamie’s Favourite Curry Sauce from his Happy Days book. An oldie but a goodie.
I find something innately satisfying & comforting about grinding & toasting spices, slowly building the layers of flavour, fragrant aromas emanating from the stove top. Perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon.
So this is what I ate over this recent long weekend. Sadly the last one here for a while. It also marks the start of winter, granted a milder Winter than most & certainly milder than anything I experienced in the UK, but Winter none the less. It makes me want to rug up & hunker down until Spring & the next long weekend! On a positive; bowls of stews, casseroles, soups, curries & the odd glass of red to keep me warm & snuggled.
My Favourite Chicken Curry, adapted from Jamie’s Favourite Curry Sauce
5 tbsp rice bran oil, or other neutral oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds, smashed
3 red chillies, thinly sliced, (to de seed or not to de seed, I’ll leave that up to you depending on how fiery you like your curry)
1 handful curry leaves*
2 tbsp grated ginger
1 large onion, diced
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp turmeric
6 chicken thighs, sliced
6 tomatoes, diced
1 can coconut milk
1/4 cup coriander leaves
A few more coriander leaves & chilli slices to garnish
Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat & when hot add the mustard seeds. Wait for them to pop & then add the fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds, chillies, curry leaves & ginger. Stir & fry for a few minutes. Add the onion, season with a pinch of salt, & cook for 5 minutes or so until the onion is softened & a little brown. Add the chilli flakes, cumin, turmeric & stir to combine.
Fry for a minute & then add the chicken & another pinch of salt. Cook for a a few minutes until the chicken is seared all over. Add the tomatoes, cook for a couple of minutes & then add the coconut milk. Turn down the heat to medium low & simmer for about 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Taste & adjust seasoning if need be.
This a versatile sauce...if you feel like fish or vegetables make the sauce the whole way through & add at the end, cooking for a few minutes until just cooked through.
Just before serving stir through the coriander leaves. Serve topped with coriander leaves & sliced chillies with perfect rice.
This is comfort food, warming, aromatic, spicy, creamy.
If you like this you might like this Curried Beef Stew
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