Earlier this week, I received a care package in the mail from my long-time Story Circle Network pal who is also a cow-orker at Little Pickle Press. I'll tell more about all the treats later, but first I want to share the best part of the surprise - all the sweet handwritten letters... long letters... from the children. Sukhailah, the eldest daughter, sent me two of her chicken recipes, and I couldn't wait to try one out. So I started with Curried Yogurt Chicken. My comments in parentheses below.
Take one chicken cut into pieces and set it in a very large bowl! Crush 3 cloves of garlic or put them through the garlic press. Rub them all over the chicken pieces. (This helps tenderize the chicken.) Sprinkle with:
3 Tbsp. curry powder (we blend our own)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger powder
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
Lots of salt and pepper
If you like spicy foods, add some cayenne to spice it up a bit.
When you are ready to cook the chicken, chop two onions (I used shallots from my garden), and heat up a little oil in a large pot with a cover.
Saute the onions, then carefully add the marinated chicken, add chicken or vegetable stock (or water) to cover, and place the lid on the pot. Simmer until the chicken is tender, checking often and adding more liquid if necessary. (It took about 1 1/2 hours for the chicken to be perfectly tender, and I did not need to add more broth.)
The luscious smelling spices as the chicken cooked, inspired the making of chapatis, an Indian flat bread that's super-easy to make. It's basically just 2 cups of flour, some salt, and 3/4 cup of water kneaded to a smooth dough. Then we smash the dough in a tortilla press using a bit more dough than a tortilla needs so the breads are fatter.
Then just fry on a cast iron skillet.
Thank you, Sukhailah! We absolutely loved this dish! A definite 5-!!!!! favorite! :)