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29 August 2016

Ragini's Chicken Curry (Cari Poule)

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This recipe is from Ragini's who make a delicious Mauritian curry powder which, of course, is essential to make this dish.
Teggie and Tim of Ragini's asked us to try out their recipe so that we could fully enjoy their curry powder.
Rather than use a whole chicken, we used chicken thighs.
The resulting curry was thoroughly enjoyed with its warm, aromatic flavours and we'll definitely be making it again.

Ingredients
  • 1 medium chicken
  • 1 medium onion
  • 10 curry leaves
  • ⅓ tsp of each of ground cinnamon, ground cardamom and ground cloves
  • ¾ tbs garlic and ginger paste
  • 3 tbs Ragini’s Mauritian Curry Powder
  • 2 fresh tomatoes or 200g (half a tin) of tinned tomatoes
  • 2 tbs chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • salt
  • 200g potatoes and ½ cup of peas or small mushrooms (optional)

Equipment needed
Karahi – A karahi is a large pot, usually cast iron, but a wok or large pan can be used just as well.


Method
Cut chicken into either small or medium (according to preference) sized pieces.

Peel and slice the onion.

Cut tomatoes into small pieces.

Add 60 to 100 millilitres of cold water to Ragini’s Mauritian Curry Powder to make a paste.
Heat oil in karahi (a karahi is a large pot, usually cast iron, but a wok or large pan can be used just as well).

Add the peeled and sliced onion and cook until translucent (clear).

Add curry leaves, garlic and ginger paste and cinnamon, cardamom and cloves powder, stir and cook for 1 minute.

Add curry paste into karahi and stir well, leave to cook until oil and curry paste starts to separate slightly. If the mixture sticks to karahi add 60 to 100 millilitres of water and stir well. This makes the curry sauce.

Add the pieces of chicken to curry sauce and mix well. Add salt to taste.

Cover with karahi lid and leave to cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes, add tomatoes and cook for further 10 minutes. Every now and then give the pot a quick stir.

Optional – After 20 minutes wash and cut the potatoes in half and add to curry with peas, or clean and cut the mushrooms into halves and add to curry and leave to cook for a further 5-10 minutes until potatoes are cooked.

Take off heat and sprinkle chopped coriander over the chicken curry.

Then you can serve it with a combination of white basmati rice, Mauritian roti (paratha), dhal puri, a nice green cucumber salad, watercress and lettuce.

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