I've been meaning to write this recipe up for a while, you may remember I mentioned it in a post a month or so ago? I have this recipe written down on a piece of paper in my precious Recipe File, it was given to me some time ago by J's Mum and is known in our house as "Mothers Curry". I love it because it is so quick and simple to pull together, and the list of ingredients is refreshingly small for a homemade curry. It really is a super recipe and is very family friendly, ie it has a gentle heat with an underlying sweetness so children of all ages seem to love it.
You begin by making up a very simple curry paste. All you do is mix up the above six ingredients in a bowl. Clockwise from the centre we have ::
2 tbs Greek yoghurt
3 tbs tomato purée
2 tbs mango chutney
1.5 tsp garam masala spice (see note below)
1 tsp chilli powder
2 crushed cloves garlic
Now about the garam masala spice....I'm not sure if this is a world wide, universal spice or not? Here in the UK it is readily available to buy in supermarkets etc, and you can see what it contains in the list of ingredients above. If you can't find this spice mix where you live, it is possible to make your own by combining individual spices. I found this easy recipe on the internet, and although I've not tried it, it gets good reviews.
When all six ingredients are mixed, you should end up with a rather unappealing looking orangey brown paste, as above. Don't be alarmed by the way it looks as I promise you it's going to be wonderful.
Aside from whatever your main curry ingredient is going to be (chicken, prawns, chickpeas, lentils, vegetables), you will also need corn oil and fresh coriander leaves (think this herb is know as "cilantro" in some countries?)
Once you've made the paste, it's super-simple and super-speedy to bring it all together.
Heat 2tbs corn oil in a pan, sloop in the paste, bring to the boil and cook for 2 mins, stirring frequently.
Now add in whatever your main ingredient is. I most often used left over roast chicken which is already cooked, but you can use raw diced chicken breast so long as you make sure it cooks through thoroughly. I've also very successfully made this curry with prawns, green lentils, chickpeas and veggies (but not all at once!)...and I notice from the above picture that I also added in chopped red pepper and onion with my cooked chicken. It's all very flexible. If you're using lentils or chickpeas, they should be already cooked. And if you use cooked prawns, wait and add them into the sauce right at the very end so that they just have time to heat through and don't over cook.
Right, so you add in your chicken or cooked pulses or veggies, stir well to coat in the sauce then add 150ml water. Simmer gently for 20mins or so until the sauce thickens and everything is cooked through.
Lastly, stir in 2tbs of greek yoghurt and a good handful of chopped fresh coriander leaves and cook for 2 more mins. Serve as you like.....we have ours with basmati rice and mini naan breads or homemade flatbreads to dip in the lovely sauce.
What I like most about this meal is watching the Little Ones devour it. Little B makes a heart melting "mmmmMMMMMMmmmmm" noise when he is really enjoying the taste of something. It makes my day when he does that.
Edit to add :: I just remembered that when my mother in law makes her curry she adds in a couple of chopped fresh green chillies along with the coriander/yoghurt towards the end of the cooking. This gives the curry a more adult-appropriate heat. Actually it usually makes my eyes water and my nose run.