This is a guest post by Susan Conley.
How do you cook chicken curry? This recipe shares how in 10 easy steps.
Curry is arguably the most popular delicacy from South Asia, particularly India. My brothers grew up loving chicken curry and it soon became an acquired taste for me. As I grew older, I appreciated the depth of flavor that garlic, ginger, and chili added to the dish. The spiciness even makes chicken curry all the more delicious.
Chicken curry is not only delicious and filling; it’s also relatively easy to prepare. You don’t need an hour to prepare and cook chicken curry. Moreover, your family members and guests will likely appreciate this dish.
What is chicken curry?
Chicken curry is a dish that typically consists of chicken stewed in a tomato or onion based sauce. Spices like ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and turmeric are usually included in the dish.
Curries are hot not only because the people of Asia like it that way but also the ingredients inside it. The spices included in a curry like cumin, turmeric, ginger, garlic, cardamom, capsicum, among others, have strong antibacterial properties. These spices can destroy meat-borne bacteria.
As such, curry is a dish that very much suits tropical climate countries like India and other parts of South Asia because it can be a good way to preserve the meat.
What are health benefits of chicken curry?
Aside from being very delicious, chicken curry is also very nutritious.
One of the main ingredients of chicken curry, ginger, is rich in antioxidants like gingerol and zingerone. The latter helps in reducing joint inflammation that causes arthritis, as well as in fighting off tissue damage. Ginger is also a traditional cold remedy.
Garlic is known to be very heart-friendly. It can lower cholesterol and purify the blood. And with its high levels of the anti-cancer agent allicin, garlic can lower risks of cancer.
Turmeric contains curcumin, an active compound that has been shown effective in preventing the buildup of plaques in the brain. This positive action of curcumin in the human brain can reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s disease.
Cumin is another essential ingredient of chicken curry. It contains phytochemicals that can block various hormone actions that are linked to cancer and heart disease development.
How to make chicken curry
Chicken curry may look like a dish that only moms and experienced chefs can cook. But you don’t need to be a pro to come up with this delicious dish.
It can also aid in digestion, lower risks of heart attack and colon cancer.
Preparation Time: 10-15 Minutes
Cooking Time : 30 Minutes
- 8 chicken thighs, skinned
- 1 Onion
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped
- One ginger, chopped
- 1 Teaspoon of Turmeric Powder
- 1 Teaspoon of Garam Masala
- 1 Teaspoon of chili flakes
- 1 Teaspoon of fennel seed
- 2 teaspoons of Cumin Seeds
- 3-4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 Teaspoon of caster sugar
- 400g can of chopped tomatoes
- 250 ml hot chicken stock
- 3 tablespoons of water
- 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves/cilantro
Chop the onion and place it on a small food processor. Add 3 tablespoons of water. Process this until you come up with a paste. Pour it into a small bowl and set aside.
Place the chopped garlic and ginger in the same food processor. Add about 3-4 tablespoons of water and process until you come up with a smooth mixture. Pour this mixture into another small bowl.
Heat the oil in a pan placed over medium heat. Add the cumin, fennel seeds, cinnamon and chili flakes. Mix for around 30 seconds or until you smell a nice and flavorful aroma coming from the spices.
Add the onion paste. Fry until there’s no more water and the color of the onions turns to dark gold. This should take around 8 minutes.
Add the garlic and ginger paste. Stir continuously. Cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the turmeric along with the garam masala and sugar. Continue stirring for 20 seconds before adding the tomatoes.
Cook with the pan on low to medium heat for 10 minutes. Don’t put on a lid. The tomatoes should shrink and its colors should turn dark.
Add the chicken thighs to the pan when you notice that the tomatoes have thickened to a paste. Cook for about 5 minutes so that the masala will coat the chicken. Add the hot chicken stock.
Simmer for 10 minutes without covering the pan. The meat should become tender and the masala, thickened a bit before putting off the flame.
Top it with Coriander. You can now serve this yummy dish with rice or Indian flatbreads.
As you have learned after reading this recipe, cooking chicken curry is really easy. Plus, this is a dish that I bet you can proudly serve to your friends, family, and guests. It’s so delicious that they don’t need to have Indian roots to appreciate this dish.
What do you think of this recipe? Let me know by writing in the comments section below.
About the author of this post:
“Hi, I’m Susan Conley – a woman behind cookthestone.com . I spend my most of time in the kitchen to cook healthy and tasty meals for my husband and my children. Then I realized that cooking became one part of my life and I’m happy doing that. I started writing on my own blog to share with you what I’ve gained after a long time digging on the Internet. Blogging came to me as a destiny. Hope my work can inspire you in cooking and sharing. Cheers!”