It seems like the major change I see in myself after getting hitched is I start to enjoy cooking. It’s not like I hate cooking but probably just not so enthusiastic about it.
Since it’s a Christmas weekend, a long weekend, how can we missed the chance to whip up a dish! We had “Black Pepper Crab” in mind – we cooked that last week and it was (ehem) delicious! We combed through the whole wet market but no sight of crab (alamak)!
What happen when Plan A doesn’t work? Work on Plan B! While queuing to buy to buy my favourite neighborhood waffle, we saw French loaves and immediately new idea lighted up like a bulb on our head! We bought 2 French loaves and quickly searched YouTube for Curry Chicken recipe!
Click HERE for the video link!
Now we know what we need, we quickly head back to the wet market and grab everything we need, of course!
- 1 whole Chicken (cut in pieces)
- 3 large potatoes
- 30g ginger slices
- 10 cloves garlic
- 5 shallots
- 50g fresh chili paste
- 5 tbsp curry powder
- 3 tbsp. oil
- 1 stalk lemongrass
- 20 curry leaves
- 600ml water
- 200ml coconut milk
- 1 tbsp salt (adjust to taste)
- 1 tbsp sugar (adjust to taste)
- ½ tbsp chicken powder
Above are the ingredients MeatMen video asked for. We followed most of it diligently except we didn’t buy a whole chicken! We bought 5 big drumstick instead ($2.40 each) and chopped into pieces.
To start, we peeled all the shallots, garlic & ginger (the quantity we used 10:15:47g). We added 3 chilli padi (which the recipe didn’t call for) hoping to level up the spiciness!
Blend shallots, garlic, ginger & chilli until you get paste-like mixture (it totally smells like chicken rice chilli now!). After that, mix them with the chilli paste and curry powder. We used 150g of chilli paste and the whole pack of curry powder u see in above picture. I guess our potion accidentally just got upsized 3 time!
If you ask me, this is probably the most tedious step. After all these done, all you need to do is just cook it!
1. Heat up wok, add appropriate amount of oil.
2. Fry the chilli paste mixture until fragrance overwhelm the kitchen (>.<).
3. Throw in chopped chicken, lemongrass & curry leaves. and fry until chicken is about 70% cooked.
4. Pour in 600ml of water, give it another good stir.
5. Add potato, let it simmer for 10-15 mins (we boiled the potato a bit prior putting into the curry, this step is totally optional).
6. Add in coconut milk & give it another stir (we bought coconut cream instead and with the upsized quantity, we added 500ml of it)
7. Add sugar & salt to enhance the taste. (We skipped chicken powder/stock)
8. Cover with lid, and let it simmer for another 20-30 mins
Congratulation, you’re now looking like a master chef! Lol!!! We tried the curry with immediately while it’s hot and it was ok..!
Like Meatmen mentioned, let curry sit for another hour or so in order for the flavor to sip in the chicken/potatoes.. we did the same, but we let it sat longer (3-4 hrs), we didn’t purposely leave it there to sit. It’s just that we’re already full from first serving hence leave the rest for dinner.
Indeed by dinner time, the curry is so much more flavorful! If lunch is 80 points, dinner is definitely worth 95 points!
If there’s anything I can cook, I’m sure you can! Give it a try today and be your very own master chef!