Friday, January 13, 2006

Christmas korma

Christmas Korma ~ serves 4-6
2 medium onions, chopped
2 tbs ghee or vegetable oil
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, diced
2 tbs Patak’s brand Korma paste
2 yams, peeled and diced
½ cup cream
¾ cup spiced cashews, coarsely chopped

In a large saucepan, heat ghee or vegetable oil. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add diced chicken and toss to sear and seal in flavour. Add Korma paste and stir to coat onions and chicken. Add yams and cream, then transfer to a baking dish. Place, covered, in a 350-degree oven and bake until yams are soft and chicken is cooked, about 40 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve over cooked basmati rice and garnish with spicy nuts.

Notes: Visit and enter the search words “spiced nuts”. Use the recipe there for pecans, but substitute cashews for an Indian flavour.

Simple Dhal
1 can lentils (do not drain)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbs Patak’s brand mild curry paste

In a small saucepan, cook lentils and onion over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft. Add curry paste, salt and pepper. Puree using a hand-held blender and serve with curry and rice.

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