Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This Week I...

…made butter chicken.

Because my mom is from Durban, curry is in my blood. Sunday lunch in our family is never complete without chicken, some sort of pasta dish and a huge-ass pot of curry. Out of all the curries and curry-like dishes I’ve tasted butter chicken has to be my favourite.

Butter chicken is something my mom won’t make though. It’s a little more difficult than most curries and lots of recipes differ. I’ve had a look at some of the recipes and it seemed a lot harder than pouring curry powder over chicken, potatoes and peas. But as it felt like this week had flown by and I hadn’t done anything new, I though “why not” and went for a recipe search.

I was browsing over on Food24 and I found a recipe which sounded relatively easy and something even I could not mess up. I quickly printed and got to work.

My ingredients consisted of cubed chicken, turmeric (which stains everything beware), garlic, butter, salt and cream. I also needed some red chili which I didn’t have enough of and would later notice what a difference it makes.

I started by combining all the above ingredients except the cream and chicken. Then I poured the mixture over the chicken to marinade.

An hour late and the chicken was ready to be cooked. Once it was cooked, I added the cream and some coriander for flavour. Then I let it simmer for a bit while I made some rice.

Here is the result:

If I’m 100% honest, the dish was good but it seemed to be missing something. According to curry extraordinaire aka my mom I really needed those chilis that I overlooked. Also some naan bread or a roti would have made it even better.

But I’m fairly confident I can make this again and make it even better.

Ex-Oh! Ex-Oh!