Friday, 2 December 2011

Recipe - Curry Chicken Rice

This meal warranted an entry only because the friend who I was feeding commented it was one of my best ever. I don't think I agree but, as one of my mother's recipes that I cook quite frequently, I thought 'why not?' The reason she ended up eating one of my Tupperware 'delights' is because she's sometimes very bad at feeding herself and I always have food. I'll set the scene! We'd just been at a gig where we'd had a rather terse exchange. I was in a bad mood because of yet another crappy exchange with my ex-boyfriend. Or, as I prefer to call him, 'the gift that keeps on giving'. Hey, someone recently criticised this blog for being overly bitchy and I protested. YOU WERE RIGHT, WILL. Anyway, my friend decided it would be funny to pretend to tell people I held a candle for someone I found quite grating. And that the real reason I didn't want to be around them was because they made me nervous. I laughed to myself as I typed this because that was funny. But I was in a bad mood at the time and got annoyed. A RECURRING THEME. So I snapped. And then apologised. Then fought the urge to leave (I felt fragile). And then we sat in the soft furnishings area and she complimented the food.

Chicken Curry Rice
1 large onion, finely sliced
1 finger chilli, finely sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced

1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1 clove

4 skinless chicken thighs
1 large potato, cut into bitesize pieces
1 broccoli, cut into florets

250g rice

Fry the onion, chilli and garlic in 2 tbsp vegetable oil on medium-high heat. 
Once very soft (but not browned), add the spices and stir for a minute until forming a paste. 
Add the chicken and colour on both sides, 2 minutes on each side. 
Add the potatoes and fry for another minute. 
Add the broccoli and cover to coat with spices. Add the rice and salt to stir well to mix everything. 
Add enough water to cover the mixture and cover the mixture with 2 inches of water from the highest level. 
Cover, lower the heat to medium and simmer until the rice is cooked and the potatoes are soft.

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