We love curry and more often than not end up with a mild korma, the kids love trying new and different things so when I said we were going to have a try of my new recipe butter chicken they were all eager to share! I went all out and even made coconut rice and my own flat breads too – never again will I ever eat shop bought flat breads, homemade are so much better!
1kg skinless boneless chicken thighs
For the marinade
1 lemon, juiced
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp paprika
1-2 tsp hot chilli powder
200g natural yogurt
For the curry
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
thumb-sized piece ginger, grated
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsp ground fenugreek
3 tbsp tomato purée
300ml chicken stock
50g flaked almonds, toasted
In a medium bowl, mix all the marinade ingredients with some seasoning. Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces and toss with the marinade. Cover and chill in the fridge for 1 hr or overnight.
In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic, green chilli, ginger and some seasoning. Fry on a medium heat for 10 mins or until soft.
Add the spices with the tomato purée, cook for a further 2 mins until fragrant, then add the stock and marinated chicken. Cook for 15 mins, then add any remaining marinade left in the bowl. Simmer for 5 mins, then sprinkle with the toasted almonds.
3 onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp butter
1kg bag basmati rice
2 x 400ml cans coconut milk
In a big saucepan or casserole with a lid, gently soften the onions in the oil and butter.
When really soft, add the rice and cook, stirring, for a couple of mins. Tip in the coconut milk with 2 cans water. Bring to a gentle simmer, stirring, then cover, lower the heat to the lowest setting and cook for 10-15 mins, scraping the bottom regularly with a wooden spoon to stop it sticking. Check the rice: it should be sticky and creamy but not watery, and not quite cooked – still a bit crunchy. Tip into a big bowl that will fit in a microwave and cover with cling film. Chill until ready to serve, for up to a day.
To serve, poke a hole in the cling film and microwave for 8 mins on High, stirring halfway, until piping hot and cooked through. Add some salt and stir through with a fork to break up the grains.
500g strong white flour
2 tsp salt
7g sachet fast-action yeast
3 tbsp olive oil
Mix the flour, salt, yeast and oil in a large bowl and add enough water to make a soft, but not sloppy, dough. Knead well. Put into a lightly oiled bowl to rise for 1 hr until doubled in size.
Divide the dough into 8 pieces, about 250g each, and use a rolling pin to flatten each one into a circle, 15cm in diameter, about 1cm thick. Then leave the pieces on a lightly floured baking tray to prove for 5 mins. Heat a large frying pan to a medium heat and dry-fry each piece until browned on both sides, about 5 mins in total. Set aside to cool slightly before serving.
This is now a staple on our menu and in my menu planner for this coming week again. Plain rice works just as well but adding the coconut brings another element to the dish that I adore! #bringonthecoconut