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Chicken in Coconut Cream
Softly spiced and cream color, this recipe should be no problem for guests
unfamiliar with Indian food. In keeping with many other northern dishes,
browning is avoided to keep the color light, also it's a bit rich (see
Note-3). Serve with plenty of basmati rice.
Chicken meat (1)
-- Aromatic mix
-- Almond mix
-- Turmeric mix
Chili Powder (2)
Coconut Cream (3)
PREP - (20 min)
RUN - (40 min minimum)
- Cut CHICKEN into bite size pieces.
- Chop ONION fine.
- Lightly crack Cardamom Pods and mix with Cloves and
- Grind ALMONDS to powder. Crush GARLIC and chop fine.
Slice GINGER very thin and chop fine. Mix all, and if you
are able, pound in a mortar to make smooth.
- Mix Turmeric, Chili Powder and Salt.
- In a large sauté pan, heat Oil. Stir in
Aromatics mix and fry for a moment, then stir in Onions.
Fry stirring until Onion is translucent but, no color.
- Stir in Almond mix and fry stirring for half a minute.
- Lower heat, add Chicken and cook for a few minutes turning a
couple times until it has completely lost its raw color.
- Stir in Coconut Cream and Turmeric mix. Cover and
simmer slowly for 30 minutes.
- Check Salt. If you have time, let it sit an hour or two and
reheat - it improves with a little aging.
- Chicken: Weight given is for skinless
boneless chicken meat. Chicken is always stripped of skin and all
removable fat for Indian recipes. In India chicken breast meat would be
used to keep the color light, but American breast meat is dry and
lacks flavor, so I use thigh meat.
- Chili Powder: Kashmir chili powder is
appropriate here, or a similar rather mild chili powder. See our
Chili Page for details.
- Coconut Cream: If you have only coconut
milk, avoid shaking the can and ladle off the top layers to get all
the thick cream. Keep spooning until you have 8 ounces. This will be
a little less rich than with all cream.
- U.S. measure: t=teaspoon,
T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce,
#=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required
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