Week One- Revisiting India/ Welcome!

Welcome to Around The World in 80 dishes! I’ll be making a dish once per  week for eight weeks; the dishes will be from various parts of the globe giving you all a taste of the world. Stay tuned for more dishes, but for now here is my first!

Curry chicken over a bed of white rice, garnished with banana.

Curry chicken over a bed of white rice, garnished with banana.

I’ve never considered myself domestic by any means; up until today I had never independently cooked something that didn’t have the words “Ready to Eat in 3 Minutes or Less” emblazoned across the package.

For my first endeavor, I decided to try making Indian cuisine, a personal favorite.

A dish that requires little prep time and minimal cooking experience, Curry Chicken is actually much easier to make than one might expect. My roommates approve.

In 2013 I spent the majority of my summer traveling through India. From my experience, the cuisine of India is vast and unlike that of any other country. Not only does Indian food vary by region, it also varies according to culture and religion. As cows are considered sacred to their religion, many Hindu Indians are vegetarians, however it is not uncommon to come across an Indian who will eat chicken. In southern parts of India dishes are filled with spices such as curry and ginger. As you travel further north you will realize that dishes become more hearty. The harsh climate of Northern India requires many food ingredients to be storable for long periods of time. Lentils are extremely common, as well as Naan bread, which requires few ingredients and little preparation. Rice is served at every meal in most parts of India.

My ingredients:

  • 1/2 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup of white rice (I would have secretly preferred basmati rice)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of curry powder
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes

Directions:

  • Cook rice according to package directions and place aside
  • Heat oil in small pan over medium heat, add onions and cook for 7 minutes
  • Pour in curry powder and stir for 1 minute
  • Lower stove temperature and add cream, yogurt, tomato, and salt.  Simmer for 3 minutes
  • Serve chicken, rice, and sauce together.

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/chicken-curry-hurry-10000001586856/

Some other Indian dishes you may find worth trying:

  •  Butter Chicken – Chicken marinated overnight in yogurt and spice mixture, cooked with a special Makhani sauce made of Butter, tomato puree and various spices.
  •  Palak paneer – A popular vegetarian dish consisting of Palak (spinach) and Paneer (cottage cheese) in a curry sauce.
  • Chole-Bhature – Is a combination of Chole (spicy chick peas) and fried Indian bread called Bhatoora (made of maida flour).
  • Dal makhani –Lentils and beans traditionally cooked in a tangy masala with dollops of fresh cream added to give the rich finishing touch. My personal favorite.
  • Aloo gobi– Is a dry Indian dish made with potatoes, cauliflower and Indian spices.
  • Biryani ( veg & non Veg) – A set of rice based food made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and meat, fish, eggs or vegetables.
  • VindalooA gravy curry dish of Lamb goat or other meats.
  • IdliDosaVada– Indian breakfast made of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice accompanied with sambar (a vegetable stew or chowder based made with toor dal and tamarind).
  • Malai Kofta – Malai refers to cream and the kofta are deep fried veggie balls together blend in a creamy Indian saucy curry.
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