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REC: Mom's Chicken Curry. No one would expect my Irish mother to make an authentic curry....
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Posted to Thread #8936 at 4:18 pm on Dec 5, 2007
(and this is not so authentic by today's standards), but she had a brother who was a Jesuit missionary in India, and he put her in touch with an Indian woman named Mae who was relocating to Los Angeles, and Mae taught my mom to make this simple curry. Mae fried her onions in Crisco oil and made her sauce with V-8 juice, and the rice was Uncle Ben's, but in 60's Torrance, CA it seemed wildly exotic. It became one of my mom's specialties. I reprised it last night and it's still pretty good!
2 onions, sliced
Cooking oil, (or butter and oil, or clarified butter)
1 tsp. turmeric, or to taste
1 tsp. red chile flakes, or to taste
1 tsp. minced garlic, or to taste
1 tsp. grated ginger, or to taste
1 tsp. ground coriander, or to taste
1 tsp. ground cumin, or to taste
1 cup tomato juice or V-8 juice
8 chicken thighs, skin removed
Salt to taste
Fry the onions in a skillet over medium heat until very very brown, even burnt. Add all seasonings and fry until fragrant. Add tomato juice and reduce somewhat. Fold in chicken, season with salt, and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through.
(Can be made ahead and reheated.)
Serve with rice and chutney.
Other messages in this thread:
- 8936. REC: Mom's Chicken Curry. No one would expect my Irish mother to make an authentic curry.... - Joe - 4:18pm on 12/05/07 (14)
- Lovely story Joe, and I love that this recipe is very pantry friendly. thanks for sharing. [NT] - AngAk - 9:09pm on 12/05/07
- sounds like your mom had a sense of adventure in the kitchen, is that where you get it from? [NT] - Randi - 11:09pm on 12/05/07
- Yep, I guess so. She really connected with people through food, and I got that from her. [NT] - Joe - 12:15am on 12/06/07
- By the way, does anyone know how to get turmeric stains off my plastic stove knobs? [NT] - Joe - 12:16am on 12/06/07
- Have you tried Clorox kitchen cleaner? It works for fruit and wine stains, but tumeric is tough. [NT] - AngAk - 12:36am on 12/06/07
- I love this stuff, it is the only thing that works on my sinks. I put a light layer - Dawn_MO - 1:21pm on 12/06/07
- My white porcelain sinks too---but beware of leaning on the sink counter with wet cleanser still - AngAk - 8:11pm on 12/06/07
- Sometimes it works to put them in a glass of water and drop in a denture tablet - let sit overnight. [NT] - cheezz - 12:44am on 12/06/07
- Ang and Cheezz, I don't have either product handy, but the drug store is only a few blocks away... - Joe - 1:31am on 12/06/07
- Denture cleanser is embarrasing?? You should SO be glad you're not a female :) [NT] - cheezz - 2:20am on 12/07/07