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Going Indian IV


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. 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 this recipe and any Indian and Asian food: “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 down 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.

Chicken Korma

Serves 4-6 

Ingredients:

  • 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

Korma Paste:

  • 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

Method:

  • 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.

Bon appetite!

 

Fragrant Coriander Rice


It is Lent.  I usually keep it for 2 weeks and I always end up feeling light and good. Do you know how we Romanian keep Lent? If  you don’t , let me tell you: no meat, eggs, cheese, milk or any other animal products except fish on certain days. But this will not keep me from keeping it. ;))

I have to admit that the recipes that I picked are almost all with some animal product in them. This one is one of the few that is without. So it is perfect for Lent or any other day. I have taken it from the book “Coriander – A Book of Recipes” and is probably Indian or Arabic, let me know the origin, please. Anyway, it is a very perfumed recipe, fresh and light. I have to admit I am not quite taken about it but the persons who have tried it, shesaid it is very good. This is what happens: I make a recipe that I like and end up saying myself how delicious it is and everybody around is saying the same, but when I make a recipe and say I am not into it, I always have a surprise: people are telling me it is so good. Don’t take me too seriously. I am just a fussy eater. ;))

About the recipe, there are some ingredients you might not find in Romania always. But it is ok, you can replace some, you will find them in brackets, and the rice is delicious all the same.

FRAGRANT CORIANDER RICE

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 225 g/ 8 oz/ 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • 15 ml/ 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2,5 cm/ 1 in piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 7,5 ml/ 1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 7,5/ 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 piece of lemon grass, finely chopped
  • grated rind of 2 limes (or lemons)
  • 750 ml/ 1 1/4 pints/ 3 cups vegetable stock (or plain water)
  • 60 ml/ 4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • lime (lemon) wedges, to serve

Method:

  • Put the rice into a large bowl of cold water. Swill the grains around with your hands, then tip out cloudy water (the rice will quickly sink to the bottom). Repeat this action about five times. If there is time , soak the rice for about 5 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion, spices, lemon grass and grated lime rind. Cook gently for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the rice, turning it in the mixture to coat the grains. Cook for 1 minute more, then add the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to very low and cover the pan. Cook gently for 30 minutes, then check the rice; if it still crunchy, cover the pan again and leave for a further 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the fresh coriander, fluff up the grains, cover the pan and leave for 10 minutes. Serve at once, with lime wedges.

Cook’s Tip

Other varieties of rice, such as white basmati or long grain can be used for this dish, but you will need to adjust the cooking times accordingly.

Bon appetite!