Don’t let the title scare you ! This recipe was created at the start of Spains lockdown. A lot has been said about how good certain spices are good for our immunity system. This is a simple, easy recipe for both beginners and the experienced. It requires very basic ingredients which most kitchens have. The blend of turmeric, cumin and a variety of peppers makes this recipe both delicious and healthy. The chicken can be substituted by vegetables and I will tell you how. I used chicken with bones but this can be done with boneless chicken too.
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1 kilo of chicken thighs, cut into pieces, skin off
2 medium sized potatoes, skin off and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
2″ piece ginger, finely chopped
6 cloves of garlic , chopped
4 green chilles, 3 tomatoes, 4 black peppercorns, 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds, 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds all blended smooth ( I used my magic bullet)
1 cup or more of coriander leaves, chopped
1 heaped teaspoon of turmeric powder
Salt and red chilli powder to taste
2 cups of water, depending on how much curry you want
Heat 6 tablespoons of oil in a big wide pot ( I used a wok. I like to use wide pots as the chicken cooks quickly and evenly). Add the chopped onion, ginger and garlic add some salt and cook till the onions are mushy. While doing this being done you can blend the tomatoes. Once the onions are mushy , you can add your chicken pieces and cook them for about 20 minutes covered. The chicken will release its juices and cook a bit. Once 20 minutes have passed, uncover and cook till chicken is dry. Add the turmeric powder and red chilli powder ( if you want it spicy) .Add a bit more of salt and then add the blended tomatoes and the potatoes. Cook till the tomatoes are done. How do you know? The tomatoes will reduce and you can see the oil separated from the tomatoes. Now you can add some water and bring it to a boil, and cook till the potatoes are done.
Add the coriander leaves at the end.
If using chicken breast, cube it and add it with the potatoes, that way it wont get dry .
If using vegetables. chop them and add them at the stage you add the potates.
If using fish, omit potates and add the fish after the tomatoes have been cooked.