Monday, February 8, 2010

A Tale of Two Curries (Chapter 1)

What a weekend! I have never seen so much snow in my life. Saturday we received a couple of feet of snow, and we don't quite know what to do with ourselves! Of course, we went out to play in it, and we needed something to warm us up when we returned to our apartment.

We enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate while our damp outer-layers tumbled in the dryer. Later on that night, we kept warm by enjoying the first round of two different kinds of curry chicken.

On our food calendar this semester, one day per week is dedicated to an international meal. So this week we had "Indian" food, a coconut curry chicken. Now, I do not know if this curry is authentically Indian, but it is definitely authentically delicious. It was good the first night we made it, and I thought that the flavors got better with time, making it a great meal for leftovers or for making ahead! We enjoyed it with a yogurt-cucumber salad, which was nothing to write home about; however I would recommend some kind of similar, cooling side, because the curry has a little kick to it!

Coconut Curry Chicken

Adapted from Allrecipes

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced thinly
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons red curry powder
½ onion, thinly sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
¼ cup sugar
1 cup basmati or jasmine rice

Fill a medium pot with one quart of water. Add 1 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, cook the curry.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the curry powder, and stir for 3-4 minutes (It will be pretty dry and very fragrant). Add the onions, peppers and garlic and sauté for one more minute. Add the chicken, toss to coat with curry oil, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 7-10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

Stir in the coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato sauce and sugar. Stir to combine. Simmer uncovered for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the curry is simmering, add the cup of rice to the pot of boiling water. Cook according to the package directions (usually around 20 minutes, covered). When the rice is done, pour into a colander to drain the cooking water. Return the drained rice to the cooking pot and cover to keep warm until the curry chicken is done. Enjoy!

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1 comment :

Thrifted Treasure said...

Your photos make me ACHE for some snow, and hot chocolate and curry, yum!