Chicken Vindal     

DescriptionThis recipe is a modification of a vindaloo recipe that appears in Madhur Jaffreys Indian Cooking (Barrons 1983).
Curry TypeVindaloo
StrengthVery Hot
Source Jim Mattson, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, Calif., USA
Time to prepare30 mins
Time to cook2-3 hours
No. of servings4-6
Ingredients2 tsp whole cumin seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp cardamom seeds
3 in stick cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp whole black mustard seeds
1 tsp whole fenugreek seeds
5 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ight brown sugar
10 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 large yellow onions, peeled and cut into half-
6 Tbsp water
1 in cube of fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
8-10 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp ground coriander seeds
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
2 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
8 oz tomato sauce
1/2 lb new potatoes, peeled and quartered
Instructions(1) Grind cumin seeds, black pepper, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, black mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds together in a spice grinder. In a small bowl, combine ground spices, vinegar, salt, cayenne pepper and brown sugar. Set aside.

(2) Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Fry onions, stirring frequently, until they are a rich, dark brown. Remove onions with a slotted spoon and put them in a blender. Turn off the heat, but do not discard the oil. Add 3 Tbsp water (or more if necessary) to the onions and blend until you have a smooth paste. Add this onion paste to the spices in the bowl. This mix- ture is the vindaloo paste.

(3) Put the ginger and garlic in a blender. Add 3 Tbsp water and blend until you have a smooth paste.

(4) Heat the remaining oil in the saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add the ginger-garlic paste. Stir until the paste browns slightly. Add the coriander and turmeric. Stir a few seconds. Add the chicken, a little at a time, and brown lightly.

(5) Add the vindaloo paste, tomato sauce and potatoes to the chicken in the saucepan. Stir and bring to a slight boil.

(6) Cover the saucepan, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about an hour, or until potatoes are tender.

(7) Serve over rice.
NotesDont undercook the onions. They should be cooked until dark brown. If the onion paste turns out gray rather than brown, then the onions were not cooked enough.

This dish is very, very hot. It may not seem so at first, but the spices have a cumulative effect that builds up over the course of the meal.

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