Coconut milk Chicken curry Recipes
I have a cookbook problem. No, I don't have too many (well, maybe that too). While the bookstores are glutted with cookbooks, and a new crop inundates us every season, I cannot find the one definitive cookbook I crave — a South Indian cookbook to guide me through learning how to cook recipes from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Goa. I crave South Indian food like nothing else, and today's recipe is another effort to reproduce the lighter, fresher, coconut-driven curries I love.
I have tried many cookbooks, looking for the one to guide me to authentic and delicious South Indian cuisine. I've found a recipe here and there, but cookbooks tend to fall into two camps. The first is cookbooks that are published in the United States, with recipes and ingredients simplified for an American audience. Sometimes these are all right, but more frequently they give results that don't taste as full or authentic.
The second camp is that of cookbooks straight from India; I have a friend who regularly brings me new books to try. These tend to be more authentic, but I struggle to translate some of the ingredients, and to interpret instructions, which often assume a lot and take a certain level of familiarity with Indian cooking for granted.
But it's worth the hunt — because South Indian food, for me, is the gold standard in taste and bright, astonishingly interesting flavors.
Speaking very simplistically, South Indian food tends to be lighter, with drier and less rich gravies than the creamier curries of the north. The curries often rely quite a bit on toasted and ground coconut in the "masala" (the spice paste that is prepped before the curry itself is made). There is more use of tamarind, the intensely tangy fruit, and of curry leaves. Curry leaves add a fragrant, slightly spicy flavor to dishes like this, and for me they are one of the key notes of authenticity in South Indian cooking.
Any recipe ideas for a chicken curry - prefer onw with tomatoes rather than coconut milk as a base? | Yahoo Answers
fry onion. until golden in oil
fry coriander, cumin, chilli, tumeric, little ginger (all powdered)
add tin toms
cook till oil rises
cook until chicken done
add salt pepper chopped corriander to taste
(stirr in green chillis fried in ghee if you like it hotter and richer)
can put potatoes or okra in if you like
spot on ! been eating it regular for years