This might be a bit of an exaggeration, but to be honest it really is my favourite curry that I have ever had. I have never found a microwave curry that quite matches up to the flavour of this great dish, and never one that is as healthy. I make this by the batch load and just freeze it into single portions as it is so good. Served with rice, a single portion will cost roughly £1.35. Find a takeaway that cheap!
We’ve been making this curry in my family for as long as I can remember really. It is super easy and, as I have said before, tastes just great.
Ingredients (makes 4 or 5 portions):
- 400ml tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1tbsp tomato purée
- 125ml chicken stock
- 4 chicken breasts (chopped into chunks)
- 1 large white onion (sliced)
- 1tbsp ground coriander and cumin
- 2tsp garam masala
- 1tsp ground turmeric and ginger
- 1/2tsp chilli powder
- Frylight (or oil if you prefer)
Spray the pan with Frylight and fry the onions until soft. Add the spices to the pan along with a tbsp of water to stop it from sticking.If the spices start to stick then you can add a little more water.
After a few minutes add the chicken to the pan and when it has browned pour in the chicken stock and turn the heat down to low. Add in the chopped tomatoes and tomato purée then leave to simmer for an hour or so, until the sauce has thickened slightly. Stir it occasionally as it cooks just to make sure it does stick to the pan.
When you are ready to eat it, serve with rice and I recommend a cucumber raita (cucumber diced and mixed with natural yoghurt) especially if you aren’t good with spices as it tones them down, average cost = 25p. I also eat mine with a dollop of mango chutney (a pot costs about £1 but lasts for ages) and a few Indian bits from the shop e.g. Naan bread (I once attempted to make this and whilst it was very nice it was just far too much effort), vegetable samosa and onion bahji. In Tesco you can get a packet of 12 indian bites for £1.50 and I just break them up into portions and freeze them. Yum yum!
If you have batch cooked and frozen it into portions, simply take the portion out the freezer and chuck it in the microwave while you cook the rice. From frozen it takes about 8 minutes to defrost in the microwave. Just makes sure that the chicken is hot through and then you are good to eat it. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and have a good day!