Tuesday nights are usually a bit grim, being just after a weekend and the next weekend not yet within spitting distance. But never fear, chicken korma is here!
This recipe was under the 'Tuesday night cooking' section of delicious magazine, and coincidentally, I made it on a Tuesday night after a particularly strenuous day at work buried under a metaphorical pile of spreadsheets, equations and calculations. A simple recipe with ingredients that are not too hard to find - now that's my type of formula.
A korma is a type of mild curry, and usually includes cream or yoghurt, spices and nuts. This particularly easy recipe calls for creme fraiche (I substituted sour cream), and the addition of almond meal thickens the sauce as it cooks. The garam masala (Indian spice blend) and cumin add flavour rather than heat. Nice and mild, just like an uneventful Tuesday.
Tuesday chicken korma
1 tblsp sunflower oil or rice bran oil
1 red onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
400g chicken thigh fillets, skin off, thickly sliced
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/4 cups (300ml) chicken stock
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup (60g) almond meal
1 small bunch broccolini, sliced
20g snow pea sprouts
1 tblsp flaked almonds
Cooked brown rice, to serve
1. Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat and cook onion, stirring, for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
2. Add chicken and stir fry for 4-5 minutes until brown. Stir in garam masala and cumin and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
3. Stir in stock, sour cream and almond meal. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes until the sauce is creamy and the chicken is cooked.
4. Add the broccolini and snow pea sprouts for the last 2 minutes of cooking time.
5. Serve sprinkled with flaked almonds and with rice.
recipe adapted from delicious (March 2011)
Some of the ingredients
Looks creamy, though I used light sour cream, which is lower in fat than normal
Served with brown basmati rice and some more snow pea sprouts on top.
You could also add *cough* coriander, if you don't think it's evil
Alrighty, a bowl of this and those spreadsheets won't know what hit them.