Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
I got this recipe from Foodnetwork.com. You can get Greek Yogurt at Allen's (shocking, I know). But you can easily substitute plain yogurt or sour cream (although it will taste a little different with Sour Cream) if you can't find the Greek Yogurt. Yoplait is actually making small 6 oz containers of Greek Yogurt. This turned out well, but be sure to use chicken thighs you'll need it for the flavor and the meat will stay juicier. It's a nice change if you are up for something new.
- 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes
- 4 tablespoons ground almonds
- 1/2 cup water
- 5 cardamom pods, bruised
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cloves
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 pounds boned chicken thighs, each cut into 2
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sultanas (golden raisins)
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup flaked almonds, toasted, to garnish
Put the ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, and chili into a food processor, or into a mortar and pestle, and blend to a paste. Add the ground almonds and water and then blend again, set aside.
Heat the oil in a large pan and add the chicken pieces - in batches so they fry rather than stew - and cook them just long enough to seal on both sides, then remove to a dish.
Add the spices and turn them in the oil. Add the onions and cook them until softened and lightly browned, but keep the heat gentle and stir frequently, to avoid sticking. Pour in the blended paste, and cook everything until it begins to colour. Add the yogurt, half a cup at a time stirring it in to make a sauce, then stir in the stock, cream, and sultanas.
Put the browned chicken back into the pan, along with any juices that have collected under them, and sprinkle over the garam masala, sugar, and salt. Cover and cook on a gentle heat for 20 minutes, testing to make sure the meat is cooked through.
It's at this stage, that I like to take the pan off the heat and leave it to cool before reheating the next day.
So either now, or when you've reheated it, pour into a serving dish and scatter with the toasted flaked almonds.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
We got a new on on Friday night from William Sonoma. It cost us about $45, BUT it has a lifetime warranty. If it breaks you bring it to any William Sonoma store with the receipt and you will get a brand new one. I'm excited to see how long this one lasts. It's a bit thicker then the Pampered Chef stone and it's a 14X16 inch rectangle. Can't wait to use it for real :)