Chicken Madras

Discussion in 'Munchie Recipes' started by Enonemouse, May 16, 2004.

  1. Enonemouse

    Enonemouse Happy Wanderer

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    This is a hot, simple curry. Hike up the chiles for a vindaloo !!! Watch out for the whole dried chiles though - they heat up the dish slowly so don't adjust the chile level too soon (unless you're a Chile-Head, in which case add a few more !!)


    2 tablespoons vegetable oil or ghee
    2 chicken breasts, skinned and cut into 1 inch cubes
    6 (more for a vindaloo) whole small dried chiles (Bird's Eye or Thai Hots)
    half teaspoon hot chile powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1 teaspoon paprika
    half a batch of Basic Curry Sauce
    salt to taste
    1 teaspoon methi (dried fenugreek) leaves, washed in a sieve then left moist for at least 10 minutes.
    half teaspoon garam masala


    Heat a little of the oil in a large heavy frying pan then fry the chicken pieces over moderate heat until they are sealed and have turned white. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
    Heat the rest of the oil in a heavy saucepan over a moderate heat.
    Add the whole dried chiles and fry until they start to swell.
    Turn the heat to low, add 1 tablespoon of the Basic Curry Sauce and stir round. Then add the chile powder, cumin, coriander and paprika and fry gently, stirring all the time, for a minute. Take care not to burn the spices or the curry will lack flavour and taste bitter.
    Add the rest of the Basic Curry Sauce, the chicken pieces and salt and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is done. Stir from time to time and add a little hot water if the sauce starts to catch on the bottom of the pan.
    10 minutes from the end add the garam masala and fenugreek leaves.
    Simmer gently for the last 10 minutes stirring frequently as the sauce should now be nice and thick

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