Hello! I invite you to go Indian again, with a delicious korma, chicken korma. I must say chicken is not the best of meat but it is light and if freshly cooked, delicious. All kinds of meat are good as long as they are eaten with moderation. I found out that myself, long time ago, when exaggerating with meat, I felt so sick, I hated the sight of it for weeks. When I think than mom was not even cooking it, I was on a summer camp in high-school and everyday, almost three times a day I ate meat in sausages, salami, grilled or cooked. Well, when it is too much, it is too much. I don’t want to be boring or get bored, although sometimes, both happen, at the same time. It is just a passing moment. 🙂 Continue reading, please. 😉 Or not.
Before I get to the actual recipe, I would like to recommend something. I just don’t know how to introduce it. It goes well with chicken korma, an Indian and so Asian food, and “The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights”. I started reading it and got immersed into a very different world, beautiful and unique, quite like Indian food. They both come from Asia, in the books there are several references and stories about India so, yes, it goes well. Like a good wine, imho. I so amazed by this book that I started reading it after so many years. When I was a child I read a few stories, and now, getting some volumes of it (I don’t have them all, and what I read is really from a 1987 Romanian edition) I love it. Read it yourself and I think you would love it too.
Back to food, that is an important part of the Tales, here it comes chicken korma, with a home made korma. I got the recipe from “Cookshelf Chicken” by Tom Bridge, looong time ago.
- 750 g (1 lb/ 10 oz) chicken meat, cut into cubes
- 300 ml (1/2 pint / 1 1/4 cups) double (heavy) cream
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2.5 cm (1 inch) fresh ginger root, coarsely chopped
- 50 g (1 3/4 oz / 1/3 cup) blanched almonds
- 6 tbsp chicken stock
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 4 cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 2 tsp ground cumin seeds
- pinch cayenne
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- coriander, to garnish
- Place all the ingredients for the korma paste into a blender or food processor and blend together until a very smooth paste is formed.
- Place the cubes of chicken in a bowl and pour over the korma paste. Stir to coat the chicken completely with the paste. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours to allow the flavours to permeate the chicken.
- Simmer the meat in a large saucepan for 25 minutes, adding a little chicken stock if the mixture becomes too dry.
- Add the double cream and garam masala to the pan and simmer for a further 15 minutes. Allow the korma to stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish the chicken korma with fresh coriander and serve with basmati rice.