For Oscar night, I went over to my friends Kristen and Chad’s house for an Indian feast courtesy of Chad! The main course was adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe and was AMAZING. I encourage you to try this Korma recipe because it uses a pre made Indian curry paste that saves a lot of time without sacrificing the taste! Chad followed up the tasty Korma with a cardamom scented rice pudding that balanced the moderate spice of the Korma very well! Make it Indian night at your home with this easy and flavorful recipe! Kudos Chad!
adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
1 3/4 lbs skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, finely sliced
1 fresh green chile, seeded and finely sliced
1 thumb-size piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
1 small bunch of fresh cilantro, remove leaves and save stems for sauce
1 15 oz can of garbanzo beans, drained
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup korma or mild curry paste (brand: Patak’s)
1 14 oz can of lite coconut milk
A small handful of sliced almonds (plus extra for garnish)
2 1/2 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups plain yogurt
For the curry:
Put a large casserole-type pan on high heat and add 3-4 tablespoons of oil. Add the onions, chile, ginger, cilantro stalks (finely chopped), and butter. Keep stirring to prevent from burning. Cook until onions turn golden, approximately 10 minutes.
Stir in the curry paste, coconut milk, half your sliced almonds, drained garbanzo beans, shredded coconut, and sliced chicken.
Fill the empty coconut milk can with 8 ounces of water, pour into pan and stir again.
Bring to boil and then turn the heat down and allow the korma to simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on.
Check the curry every 10 minutes to make sure it’s not drying out. Add extra water if necessary.
When the chicken is tender and cooked, taste and season with salt and pepper – season carefully. Serve over basmati rice with sliced almonds, cilantro leaves, a squeeze of lemon, and a few spoonfuls of plain yogurt.
Cardamom Scented Rice Pudding
Adapted from Alton Brown
1 cup cooked basmati rice
1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/3 cup of golden raisins
In a nonstick medium saute pan, combine the cooked rice and milk over medium heat. Heat until boiling and then decrease temperature to low, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes until mixture begins to thicken.
Increase heat to medium, add coconut milk, heavy cream, sugar, and cardamom to mixture and allow to thicken for 5 – 10 minutes. When thickened, take off heat and add raisins. Place in individual serving dishes and serve chilled or at room temperature.