Years ago, before blogging was a bloodsport, there was a little group of us from all over the world who entertained each other endlessly – me, Bec, Mary, Duyvken, Blackbird, Badger, Fish, Eleanor and more!
And then there was Joke. The impeccably well dressed, yes, even on the interweb, erudite Joke. The man who voluntarily lives where its 100+% humidity everyday and does things like caters a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner for about 1,000 people all by himself* in his backyard.
He gave me this recipe. It is fantastic. It can take many forms depending on the dried fruit and nuts you add. When I first made them the boys rejected them and I ate the whole batch. Hashtag proud.
When I made them this week I just had sultanas and dates in the cupboard so that was all that went it. They are still delicious. This time I’m onto making my third batch in two days because the boys like them now**.
What I’m going to give you here are the bones of the recipe – you need to add some stock if you’re cooking it on the stove-top and maybe if you’re slow-cooking it. I don’t add any more chilli than is in my fancy-bought-at-a-market garam marsala because 5,000 children mean 5,000 variants of chilli tolerance, so by all means, add away.
Anyway, it’s delicious and really very straight forward. Get to it. Make your #everyfuckingnight a winner.
1 kg chicken (I have used thigh fillets in a stove-top version and three marylands in a pressure-cooked version)
1 ½ cups Greek yogurt
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 ½ tbsp ground turmeric
2 tbsp garam masala
2 tbsp ground cumin
For the sauce
115 g butter
2 yellow onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 cinnamon stick
2 tomatoes, diced
salt to taste
(If cooking on the stove-top ⅔ cup chicken stock)
1 ½ cups cream or sour cream or yoghurt
3 tbsp almond meal
Smoosh everything together and marinate for as long as you've got - at least a couple of hours
If you like you can brown the chicken but really, who has the time or energy for such nonsense
Melt the butter and add the onions. Saute for a couple of minutes
Add the garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick and tomatoes and cook for a few minutes
Add the chicken AND all the marinade If using a slow cooker put the lid on and set on high for, I don't know, four hours? Or low for eight? It's impossible to destroy food in a slow cooker, you know your machine, do what you think best. Add a splosh of stock if you so wish but I find I always over water things in the slow cooker In the pressure cooker, on highest setting for 45 minutes for marylands, 30 for chicken with no bones On the stove add the stock and simmer for about 30 minutes
Once cooked, add the almond meal and cream and cook for another 10 minutes or so In the pressure cooker I take the chicken out, set the machine to reduce, add the meal and cream and reduce for 15 mins. (Just stir through yoghurt at the very end in this case otherwise it will split.)
Serve with fresh coriander, chutney and cucumber raita