This is a variation of an an authentic Indian recipe taught to me years ago by a lovely Indian woman when I lived in Toronto.
This version adds veggies including carrots, mushrooms and spinach. The condiments are as I learned, with the optional addition of avocado.
I recently cooked it for friends in FL, and it was a big hit! Yes, we also had Basmati rice–again, Rick was limited to 1/2 cup.
The prep is somewhat time consuming, including the condiments, but they are essential to the experience– don’t skip them!
Chicken Curry with Vegetables and Condiments
INGREDIENTS (this is for 2-4; 2 with leftovers–increase if you’re feeding a larger group)
- 1 chicken breast, 2 whole legs/thighs; deboned and chopped into 1″ pieces; (I buy them with bones and skin and chop and remove the skin myself as it’s cheaper, but you can buy the skinned, boneless – definitely faster)
- 1 large onion chopped into 1/2″ pieces
- 1-2 carrots, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
- 1 cup spinach, chopped
- 1/2-3/4 cup mushrooms (we use Cremini), chopped into 1/2″ pieces
- 2-4 Tbsp. Safflower or other high heat oil
- 1-3 Tbsp curry powder to taste
- 1/2 tsp Tabasco or red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup Coconut cream* or plain full fat yoghurt (if dairy is not a problem)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2-3 tsp. lime juice (juice of 1/2 lime)
- 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1/3 cup onion, chopped
- 2 bananas, chopped
- 1/2 cup roasted or raw unsalted cashews
- 2-3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 cup plain yoghurt
- optional: 1 avocado, sliced; squeeze of lime
TO DO: note: have 3 (4 if serving avocado) medium bowls and 1 small one for serving condiments
1. Heat 1-2 Tbsp oil in large saucepan or electric skillet.
2. Add the curry powder and brown for 5 minutes, sprinkling with water if it seems to be burning (this is important as it brings out the flavor). Add the chicken pieces and brown 5 minutes per side, mixing them in the curry powder. Put aside.
3. Heat 1-2 Tbs oil, add the onions and saute for 5 minutes; add carrots and mushrooms, and saute for another 5-6 minutes.
4. Add the spinach and cook 2-3 minutes; add the chicken back in the pan, and add the coconut cream or yoghurt, and water, and Tabasco. Stir all gently together.
5. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste- add more curry powder and Tabasco/red pepper to taste.
6. Squeeze lime in and mix.
Serve with condiments, and whole wheat Nan bread, papadums and rice as you like; other grains, or not, per your dietary restrictions.
Condiments (serve each in a separate bowl):
1. Mix chopped cucumber and yoghurt to cover, sprinkle with paprika or red pepper for color.
2. Mix chopped bananas and yoghurt to cover, sprinkle with nutmeg.
3. Mix chopped tomatoes with about 1/3 cup chopped onion and red wine vinegar.
4. Squeeze lime on sliced avocado; (these are not a traditional condiment).
5. Raw or roasted cashews (serve in small bowl; I like glass for these)
I also like lemon/mango pickle (found in Asian markets)–they are very pungent, but I like the taste with the curry.
*Coconut cream can be found in Asian markets, and is low in carbs.