Cooking The Perfect Curry

SpicesThis Monday (October 7th) marked the start of National Curry Week. Now in its 16th year, the week was founded as a way to promote the delectable cuisine and to help raise funds charities that focus on ending world hunger and poverty.

This year sees a wide range of spectacular curry-themed fundraising events taking place, including a brilliant Poppadomathon in which participants compete in a relay of sorts, using a poppadum as their baton. It all sounds incredibly exciting, and if you want to get involved then there’s several ways you and all your friends can participate.

Restaurants all over Britain will be running special dinners, competitions, auctions and other events, with all proceeds going to The Curry Tree Charitable Fund. But you don’t have to dine out to join in.

Whether you’re holding a big cook off with you friends or just wining and dining your loved one with a romantic meal for two, get in the spirit of National Curry Week by using the below recipe to cook yourself the perfect curry.

Chicken Tikka Masala

We know we’ll turn a lot of heads by calling this the perfect curry, but the fact of the matter is that tikka masala is one of Britain’s most popular dishes. It’s quite a complex meal to make from fresh, but the end result is well worth the effort.

The below recipe serves four, so adjust the quantities accordingly depending on the amount of people you’re serving.

Ingredients

  • 1lb Boneless chicken breast, diced
  • 30g Garlic
  • 30g Ginger
  • 2 small green chillies
  • 3 leaves fresh coriander
  • 4 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt

For The Sauce:

  • 115g Chopped onions
  • 90g yoghurt
  • 90g fresh single cream
  • 30g garlic, ground
  • 30g ginger, ground
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 2 medium tomatoes, liquidised
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pinch of dried fenugreek

The Day Before
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This meal will need to be prepared the night beforehand, so begin by grinding the green chilies, coriander, garlic and ginger together with three tablespoons of water, until the mix forms a thick paste.

Thoroughly cover the chicken in the paste and add the salt and yoghurt. Then, mix in the lemon juice, cumin, coriander powder and paprika. Leave the chicken in the paste to infuse with flavour overnight.

The Day Of The Cook

Switch on the grill to a medium heat, skewer the marinated chicken and let it cook underneath for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, turn on the hob and fry the onions with olive oil. Add the tomatoes and the yoghurt before mixing it all together over a moderate heat.

Put in the remaining ingredients: the cumin powder, chilli powder, shredded coconut, fenugreek, coriander, salt and fresh single cream then mix together thoroughly.

Don’t be afraid to use a little water if the mix gets too dry. Once the consistency is just right, add the chicken to the sauce and mix well. Leave the combined ingredients to simmer on low heat until you’re ready to serve.

Transfer everything to a serving dish and garnish the meal with a dash of single cream and sprinkle all over with fresh coriander. Serve up and enjoy.

If tikka masala is not your thing, then there are plenty of other recipes to be found over on the official website, including beef madras and lamb rogan josh. Take a look, then visit our Facebook page and let us know what you’re doing to celebrate.