I have a confession to make, until last night I had never had curry in any form. There is no reason for this, other than just a lack of effort on my part. So yesterday I pursued my Joy of Cooking looking for new things to try before I went grocery shopping. I stumbled on a curry recipe and decided to give it a try.
After a marathon shopping session, due to the fact I hadn't done any serious grocery shopping in almost a month, I came home started dinner. I chose the chicken curry recipe. Overall things went pretty well but I did end up making a couple of mistakes. First I cooking the chicken and the onion together which apparently you are not supposed to do. Second I ended up accidentally buying vanilla yogurt instead of plain yogurt. This didn't seem to have any effect, thankfully.
So here is how I made curry, I had to make a few adaptations to the recipe but I was happy with the results.
First heat up appx. two tablespoons of oil, add the cut up chicken and an onion that has been thinly sliced. Once the chicken in browned I added two teaspoons each of minces garlic and minced ginger and a teaspoon of turmeric. After that I added come curry paste I had purchased at Lunds. I chose Patak's Biryani Curry paste, only because it's ingredients looked somewhat similar to the Garam Masala recipe in the cookbook. After mixing this in I put in a 1/2 cup of yogurt and let that simmer until it has reduced. Next I added a cup of water, 2 tablespoons of cilantro, a Serrano pepper I had cut and quartered and some salt.
Once you have all the ingredients going, you let that simmer covered for about 30-40 minutes until the chicken is done. Remove the chicken, and if you wish you can boil the sauce until it thickens. Serve over rice.
I can't say I was blown away, but I was not disappointing. I plan on working on this again and hopefully perfecting it. My next goal is to find somewhere that serves some traditional curry so I know what it's supposed to taste like.