Route 79 : Goan Style Chicken (Vindaloo)
The effects of feeling hungry on the way home
Goan Style Chicken (Vindaloo)
The "Vindaloo" style of cooking is of Goan origin - and is essentially a fiery-hot "sweet and sour" style curry. It can be cooked with any meat - and tonight I'm doing it with chicken. I've never cooked this before - so I had to do some research. This dish involves a few more spices than usual - but they are easily obtained from your local Asian shop. The combined aroma of freshly roasted cinamon, mustard seed and cloves is heavenly.
Juts a few of the spices used in this recipe
Here is a picture of the rest of the ingredients:
Spices for dry-roasting (use the wuantities shown in the first picture above):
The rest of the spices:
1 medium onion sliced into 5cm long pieces
First get a small frying pan heating on the hob - no oil. When the pan is hot - throw in the whole cloves, cinammon pieces and and mustard seeds. Dry roast them like this for a few mins - until they start to smell roasted - then pour the pieces into a small bowl and let them cool down. Then crush the roasted spices down - I use the base of a glass tumbler.
Meantime - get the onions frying in a little sunflower oil.
After a couple of mins - add the bay leaves and broken-up cardamom pods. Fry until the onions have browned. Then add the thawed garlic and ginger pulp - and stir fry for a few minutes more.
When the onions have thoroughly browned - add the rest of the dried ground spices - 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 2 teaspoons garam masala - all heaped spoons except the turmeric - which should be just above a level teaspoon. Stir fry the mixture for around 5 mins gently.
Then add the chopped chicken pieces. And continue to stir fry until the chicken is cooked all over the surface - and is thoroughly coated in the onion/spice mixture.
Then toss in the sliced bullet peppers - these are quite hot - but we want this dish to be quite fiery! Stir around for a few mins - and then add a couple of glasses of water. This is the point at which you bring it to the boil - and then lower the flame so that the pot simmers (with the lid on) for about 20 mins.
After about 20 mins of semi-agressive simmering - the chicken should be well cooked. Stir in a couple of large spoons of the tamarind sauce - and also a generous handful of the pickled onions - the onions are bursting with the juice of the white wine vinegar that was used to pickle them - and together with the tamrind sauce - will provide the "sour" edge. Immediately add a teaspoon of sugar and also the half-tin of chopped tomato and the coriander leaf. Let the pot simmer for 10 minutes more - and then let rest for 5 mins with the lid on.
It's done! Just serve up on a bed of freshly-cooked basmati rice! It sure was tasty - quite hot - but perfectly sweet/sour kind of hot. Delicious.
Goan style chicken curry (vindaloo)
Have you tried this? Even
if you haven't - let me know what you think!