Thursday, September 16, 2010

Easy Curry on Rice

Hey there peeps! Haven't been on here for a while so I thought I'd better post something! Here is one of my fav recipes that is unhealthy but easy (one of those packet dinners pretty much!) that we eat usually once a fortnight!!
I am NOT a big fan of curry - however, my tastes have evolved over time and I do enjoy a good butter chicken and even enjoy a mild curry (as long as it's not too 'curryish!').

SO here's what you need:

So far so good - although there are a few missing ingredients in this photo - oops. The meat was busy being defrosted - you need some chicken. You can also use lamb or probably even beef. If you don't like meat (WHY?!!) you could use veges (EWW) :-) Big ups to you for being healthy. I can't help it - I love meat.
Notice how I buy homebrand (saving $ here!!) - you don't have to, but why spend more than you need right?! ALSO NOTE: The type of coconut cream you buy DOES matter! (so I found out) I usually use the type in the picture - some weird one in a can with writing I can't understand which is found in the oriental section of my supermarket (Countdown).
I tried Trident the other day because it was cheaper - EWW. It smelt like that coconut butter lotion you put on as sunscreen. YUK it made the whole dinner taste gross!!
As you can see in the photo, I used Patak's Tikka Masala. Yum - you can also use this:

It's super yum - there are also others like Tandoori which is also yum and Rogan Josh. Go for gold. I found the pastes are cheaper than the pre-made sauces. (they also have this new packaging shown above which threw me a little!)
Chop up chicken (either breast or thigh - and don't get tricked into buying thigh with bone in!! AGH I have done this SO many times - I try to make a point of making sure it is not only skinless but boneless also.) Fry up the cubed chicken in some oil until it's browned and generally cooked through.

Below is a photo of a couple of the ingredients I missed - butter and garlic (and bread for the toast, not in the pic). Mmm mmm for making garlic toast to go with it.
While the chicken is cooking you can chop off a hunk of butter and soften it. Then use a garlic crusher to squish in a garlic clove (or two if you like it super garlicy)
Also, make your rice. I usually use 1 1/2 cups rice to 3 cups water and put it in the microwave, uncovered for 5 min. stir. then in for another 6 min or so and then maybe an extra min or two if it's not done yet. But you probably have a fancy rice cooker that does it for you right? :-)

Once the chicken is done you add your tin of chopped tomatoes (or real ones chopped if you are being healthy and have time or have a whole lot of tomatoes that need using!) and the can of coconut cream. - then take a blurry photo really quick for your blog before stirring it in:
Stir in and take a better non-blurry photo for your blog:
At this stage I usually fill the coconut tin with water and put that in too to make it nice and saucy.
That's about it. Leave it to simmer. You can put a lid on the pan if you want because it splatters everywhere although I found it overflows if you leave it totally covered, so I just sit the lid mostly on, but with a little space for the steam to escape :-)
Then I toast my bread and quickly steam some broccoli for my token healthy bit.
It should look like this:
My kids LOVE this (as you can see - K trying to get at it before it's ready to eat haha)
And a final shot with the toast, garlic butter, dinner and some juice. Yummo.
Quick, easy and delicious (and full of calories, but who cares - go for a run after haha!)
Here is the recipe in easy 'copy, paste, print' form:

Sima J

Chicken (breast or thigh) - cubed (I usually use about 500ish gm
Pataks paste (butter chicken, Tikka Masala etc. - you choose!)
Coconut Milk (nice stuff - not Trident!)
Can of chopped Tomatoes
Hunk of Butter (for garlic butter)
Clove of Garlic
Bread for toast

1 Brown cubed chicken in pan
2 Add paste, coconut milk, tomato and water (use empty coconut milk can)
3 Simmer.
4 Make rice (1 part rice to 2 parts water)
5 Make garlic butter (butter + garlic)
6 Make toast
7 Steam broccoli if you want to be healthy :-)


  1. Yum - I love butter chicken curry... your version looks so good!

  2. I love curry! We loving the chicken Korma paste from pattaks at the moment. Nice for you sim..if you dont like the overyly curry taste. Comes in a bottle so more economical, lasts longer in the fridge and you can use as little or as much as you want. My frugal tip for the day ;)

  3. jacksta - I think hubby said YOU were the one who makes the mean curries and got him loving them! :-)


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