This was one of the tastiest things I’ve cooked all year! I was so proud of how it turned out. My kitchen smelt amazing having been full of spices! I usually have a jar of supermarket curry paste tucked away for emergencies but I was feeling creative and I knew I could do better.
It was actually a doddle to whip up and it gave me enough for two separate curries. Needless to say, the second portion wasn’t hanging around for long!
For the Korma paste:
2 tsp garlic purée
1 tbsp ginger paste
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 fresh green chillies
3 tablespoons coconut powder
1 tsp dried coriander leaf
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tablespoons flaked almonds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
For the Sauce:
2 chicken breasts, sliced
1 x 400g can coconut milk
1 tbsp corn flour slaked with a little water
– First you want to heat a large, heavy frying pan and lightly toast the flaked almonds and cumin seeds over a medium high heat until fragrant.
– Then put all of the ingredients for the paste into a food processor/blender and pulse until you have a smooth paste.
– To serve 4 add half of the paste to the large frying pan and heat on a medium high heat.
– Add the chicken breasts and stir well.
– Add the coconut milk and simmer on a low heat for 15minutes.
– To thicken your sauce add the cornflour and stir well until thickened. Then remove from the heat.
– Serve as a main meal or as part of a larger feast! (My Cumin Roasted Cauliflower and Red Lentil Daal go brilliantly with it.)
I’ve never actually eaten Saag Aloo before so I don’t really know how this recipe compares to others. What I can say is that I found it absolutely delicious and I will definitely be cooking it again!
I will especially be deploying it when my dad cooks curry. I love spices and the breadth of flavours they bring. I am not a fan of blowing your head of with heat! My Dad believes that the hotter a curry is the better. The potatoes and spinach in this Saag Aloo work to cut down on the spice level but still with a fantastic depth of flavour in its own right.
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp chilli
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp coriander leaf
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp Nigella seeds
500g potatoes, cubed ~1cm
- Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan until bubbling.
- Add the onion and garlic and cook with the lid on for about 3 minutes until the onion is soft.
- Add the spices and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the potatoes and just enough boiling water to cover them 3/4 the way up.
- Simmer with the lid on for 20-30 minutes until a sharp knife pierces the potato softly.
- Add the spinach and give it a stir to wilt.
- Serve with whatever you wish!
I decided to shake things up a bit last weekend! Instead of the normal roast chicken and veg I decided to stretch my culinary wings and do Spicy Indian Roast Chicken with Indian side dishes.
It was a big hit and leftovers worked brilliantly in wraps and sandwiches! I used a simple dry spice rub to get a bit of flavour in to the meat. Easy to do, the only tricky part is getting the rub under the breast skin but that’s just because I’m squeamish about it!
1 large chicken
2 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp ground coriander
- Heat the oven to gas mark 5 / 190C.
- Place the chicken in a suitable roasting pan.
- Make a few scores in the skin of the legs.
- Mix all of the spices together in a small bowl.
- Rub all over the chicken.
- To get the rub under the breast gently skin pull the skin up from the opening and snip the centre join to form one large pocket.
- Carefully rub the rub inside the pocket.
- Roast for 25 minutes per pound + 25 extra. Since you’ll likely be using kg here is the maths for a 2 kg chicken:
2 x 2.2 = 4.4 x 25 =110 + 25 = 135 minutes So 2 hours 15 minutes cooking time.