Warming up with chicken, pea and potato curry

10 Jun

Geez it’s cold. OK, so I’m probably the 500th person you’ve heard say that over the past couple of days (that’s if you live in Australia’s eastern seaboard). But – it’s true. It’s bitter out there. Yes, it’s winter. I know that. And I know winter means cold days. But let me throw you a stat. The average maximum June temp for Sydney is about 17 degrees. So, a day when that only reaches 14 degrees (which we have experienced this week) can legimately be called a cold day. So there.

How to remedy this? Well eating food is a start. The thought of eating a lettuce leaf in this weather just gives me goose bumps. This is weather for warming, hearty food. A couple of nights ago, I cooked the curry below. The beauty of this curry is that you don’t need to make your own curry paste (I don’t own a mortar and pestle and believe life is too short to stand around pounding up spices that you can buy pre-pounded) and you don’t need to buy curry paste. You can make it all in one dish and it’s a complete meal, due to the vegie content (just needs some rice). It’s from a fab magazine called Australian Good Taste. I doubled the quantity and froze some for the weekend.
Serves 4. Prep 10 mins. Cooking 45 mins.

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 chicken thigh fillets cut into chunks
1 brown onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
2cm piece of fresh ginger peeled and chopped
1 1/4 teaspoon Keen’s Curry Powder
1 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 large potatos cut into chunchs
400ml can light coconut milk
120g (3/4 cup) frozen peas
Steamed rice to serve

Heat half oil in large saucepan or deep fry pan. Cook chicken 3 – 4 minutes till golden. Put on a plate. Heat remaining oil and cook onion, garlic and ginger till fragrant and soft. Add curry powder, turmeric and chilli powder. Cook till aromatic. Add chicken, potato, coconut milk. Simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in peas and cook for 2 minutes. Serve with rice, some fresh coriander and a dollop of sour cream.

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