I seem to have developed an addiction to garam masala. It’s good in curries, on cooked greens, even sprinkled over popcorn. The fact that I’d never even tried Indian food until a few months ago seems to be no deterrent at all to now trying a new Indian recipe every week or two. It’s delightful; how did I go almost twenty-seven years without tasting the cuisine of an entire sub-continent?
Last week Mr. B and I were both sick, in need of comfort food, but also in the mood for something new and different. A curry of chicken and potatoes, spooned over warm naan, fit the bill perfectly.
I adapted this recipe rather heavily from e-curry (a blog I can’t seem to stop reading), replacing tomato sauce with one made from carrots among other things.
Ingredients (serves 4)
For the marinade:
6 T Greek yogurt
3 T lime juice
1 T turmeric
1 T chile powder (less if you don’t want it too hot. Hatch pepper is pretty mild, though)
1 t mustard powder
1 t salt
1- 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs or breasts
For the curry:
3 T vegetable or olive oil
2 t garam masala
1 t turmeric
1 t salt
1/2 cup carrot sauce (substitute tomato sauce if you like)
2-3 hot chiles
1 T brown sugar
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup peas (optional)
Combine all marinade ingredients (except the chicken) in a zip top bag.
Mush them together and add the chicken. Marinate at least an hour. Overnight is better.
Cut the potato into large chunks (about 12). Heat the 3 T oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and add the potatoes.
Sprinkle the potatoes with turmeric and garam masala and salt.
Crank the heat down to medium-low and add the chicken and its marinade.
Add the carrot sauce* (or tomato, if using)
Add the broth and stir well. Split the chiles lengthwise and add them as well.
Stir in the brown sugar.
Cover the pot and lower the heat to a bare simmer. Let it cook for 15-20 minutes.
Remove the lid and Stir in the lime juice. Cook an additional 5-10 minutes until the sauce is the desired consistency. Add peas directly if you like. Mr. B does not care for peas so I cooked them separately and stirred them into my portion.
Serve with warm naan or over rice.
This is good, hot, just-spicy-enough comfort food. For a little more kick, add a few dried pequin peppers before simmering, or a dash of very hot sauce.
* I’ve made carrot sauce here before, but (1) frankly I’m embarrassed at how this blog used to look (not that it’s all that much better now…) and (2) that sauce is bay-leaved and parmesaned and otherwise Italian influenced, so here’s a more basic straight-up carrot sauce.
Ingredients (makes 2 cups)
1 lb carrots, peeled and chopped
2 T olive oil or butter
2 t salt
2 cups chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water
1/2 cup white wine
Heat the oil or butter in a pot over medium-high heat and add the carrots. Sprinkle with salt and cook, tossing occasionally, until the carrots caramelize.
Add the broth or water an simmer, covered, about 15 minutes
Remove the lid and add the wine.
Continue cooking to reduce the liquid by about half.
Turn the now-soft carrots and liquid into a sauce using an immersion blender, a blender, a food processor, or a potato ricer and patience.
Add any flavors you like, serve over pasta or use to replace tomato sauce in any recipe.