Saturday, 14 July 2012

Recipe - Chicken Curry

Chicken curry is a favourite among Singaporeans. It is also quite easy and convenient to cook. You can buy a whole chicken and ask the vendor to cut for you or you can just buy the chicken parts. For the curry, they are available as a fresh paste in some markets, or as instant curry paste in packet form and also in powder form. Freshly made curry paste have a much stronger flavour.

In this recipe, I use chicken thighs, with bone but without skin. For the curry, I use Babas meat curry powder. The spices in the meat curry powder are coriander, aniseed, cumin, cinnamon, cardamon, star anise, cloves, and other spices. Although the spices are quite complete for curry, I added extra spices for stronger flavour.

meat curry powder
5 chicken thighs, with bone but no skin
2 potatoes, cut into bite size
1 large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 inch ginger, finely chopped
1 lemon grass
1 tsp of salt
2 tbs oil
40 ml of coconut milk

coriander powder
For the curry spices:
2 tbs meat curry powder

I added these extra spices for stronger flavour
1 tbs coriander powder,
1 tbs turmeric powder
a pinch each of cloves, cumin, fennel, and fenugreek 
turmeric powder
1 cinnamon stick

In a pan, heat the oil on medium and fry the onions till fragrant.
Toss in the ginger, garlic, lemon grass, cloves, cumin, fennel, fenugreek and cinnamon.
Stir fry for another minute to release the fragrance of the spices
Toss in chicken thighs, curry powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder.
cinnamon stick and powder
Stir fry for 1or 2 minute.
Add water, enough to cover the chicken half way.
Bring to a boil.
Add the potatoes and coconut milk.
Cover the pan and let the curry simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.
Slow cooking allows the chicken to absorb the curry flavour.
Curry should be done.
star anise

In this 7 minute video, garam masala powder is used. Garam masala is a spice mixture.

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