If you’ve spent any amount of time in the UK you should already know how much the British love a good curry. This love affair with curry was said to have started during the 1800’s when British colonialists began trading with Indian merchants – curry powder being one of the items which they frequently brought back with them. Needless to say, you’ll find curry all over the world, but particularly in South Asia. As far as health benefits are concerned, curry often contains lots of turmeric which tends to act as an anti-inflammatory agent (inflammation being one of the main causes of most disease). Studies have even shown that some varieties of curry act to prevent cardiovascular disease as well as prevent cognitive decline and blood clotting.
Anyway, here are two curry recipes that you absolutely must try in your own kitchen. The first is a creamy Chicken Tikka Masala, which most UK residents consider to be a British national dish at this point.
Chicken Tikka Masala
1 red onion, chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
10 fl oz plain yogurt
4 chicken breasts, cut into half-inch cubes
fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
2 garlic cloves, diced
Salt and pepper
½ cup fresh coriander, chopped
Juice from 1 lime
Juice from ½ a lemon
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp chilli powder
1 small can of pureed tomato
Start off by placing the chicken breasts (along with the ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, chopped coriander, lime juice and 1 tbsp of oil) in a large bowl. Mix everything together thoroughly and leave it to marinate for up to 30 minutes or more. Next, add one tbsp of oil to your wok and then add the chicken and cook for 8 -10 minutes (or until browned evenly).
Now, remove the chicken and set it off to the side. Add the rest of the oil and cook the chili powder and onion for around 5 – 7 minutes. Next we’re going to add turmeric and the ground cumin then continue cooking for around another minute or so.
Lastly, you’ll want to stir in the plain yogurt and simmer everything for around 5 mins. Finally, add the chicken and continue cooking for 5 – 7 minutes or so. Finish it off by adding the tomato puree, stir then the juice from half a lemon. Continue cooking for a few more minutes, then remove it from the heat and serve.