Monday, May 12, 2008

365.25 - Day 15

365.25 - Day 15
Originally uploaded by whatnext
My lovely wife found a recipe in her trusty Real Simple magazine for quick 'n easy chicken curry. Here it is:

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3/4 heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained (optional)
1 rotisserie chicken
2 cups cooked white rice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

Heat the oil in a large skilled over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes. Spinkle the curry powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the yogurt and cream and simmer gently for 3 minutes. Stir in the salt, pepper, and tomatoes (if using). Remove from heat. Slice or shred the chicken, discarding the skin and bones. Divide the rice and chicken among individual bowls, spoon the sauce over the top, and sprinkle with cilantro.

Darn good.

Spices come up several times in the bible, almost always portrayed as items of high value:

"Hezekiah welcomed them; he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them." (Isa 39:2 NRSV)

I think it is fascinating to consider how dull much our food would be without basic spices. Can we even imagine such a thing? We cannot.


  1. Sounds delish, and such an easy method. I'll have to try this soon.

  2. Sounds good, but looks like it belongs on Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel; the peppers look like caterpillars. Sorry Sara.

  3. The peppers are not peppers; they're onions, woman. :) And I didn't cook 'em. My cooking, liberated, household hubby did. AND, we have horrible fluorescent lighting in our kitchen that did not contribute to the beauty of the dish. You have to smell it to believe it. We miss you and Paul. Love, Sara