Lord, I have a curry craving and there is no stopping me now!
Ever had one of those? I occasionally do. Apparently even Justin Beiber does! So the craving grows and I know I have to give in. Soon…
A korma? Tikka Masala? Kashmir or Malaya? Passanda? Dopiaza? Rogan Josh? Buna or Balti? A Karahi Gosht or a Saag? I will have all of those and more, thanks.
However, it’s late in the evening, I am reluctant to go out, neither am I inclined to phone the take away for a min amount of £15 and apart from odd left overs, some frozen chicken thighs (and the craving) I have little to fall back on. Yes my spices stock looks rather flaccid, but I do have the magic of Garam Masala and plenty of it.
Now, why I say magic is because it contains pretty much most of what would deliver a decent curry pretty quick. A combination of different spices, it probably has as many recipes as there are families in India! Name it and it has got it: coriander, cumin, black peppercorns, black cumins, dry ginger, black cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon and crushed bay leaves. It is packed with everything one needs to deliver a flavour-some curry pronto!
Here’s a quick-fire curry recipe. Note that the winning thing behind a quick-fire one is the confidence to add what you have in hand or not to what is unavailable.
Tim’s Quick-fire Chicken Garam Masala Curry (15 mins if you are nippy)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 4 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 (2-inch) piece ginger, sliced
- 8 medium garlic cloves, smashed
- chicken thighs (or substitute with whatever is available)
- 1-2 potatoes, cubed
- left over veggies
- 1 medium onion, large dice
- 1 tomato
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup plain whole milk yoghurt
- In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup oil, garam masala, ginger, garlic, and salt to taste.
- Precook chicken in the Microwave (full heat) for 10 mins, remove and place in a dish and, using your hands, spread the mixture thoroughly.
- Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions till brown and add the diced potatoes, fry for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the chicken and the left over veggies.
- Add the tomatoes, stir for a minute or two and add 1/2 a pint of water. Stir. Reduce water content and add yogurt.
Serve with a portion of Organic Basmati Rice!