Quick Look_______________This Indian curry is creamy, spicy, and has a great flavor. This would be something exciting and different from the standard dinners. One your students will remember. Once I perfect my naan recipe and techniques, I will post as a compliment to this dish. Serve with rice.
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: about 45mins
- Difficulty: intermediate/easy- make sure you get the thickness right with the cornstarch. This may require some practice.
- Labor Intensity: Could do alone, but an extra hand would be nice.
- 30 servings, adjust by 1.5x if your group tends to eat multiple servings.
- vegetable oil (peanut if you have it)
- 5 onions [$1- $2, safeway]
- 1 bunch of garlic [$0.50 or less]
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup lemon juice [2-3 lemons - less than $1]
- 1/3 cup ginger [2 inch piece of ginger - about $1]
- 3 TB Garam Masala [$4 for a small bottle in the spice section of Nob Hill at Fruitvale, or $5 at Lucky]
- 3 TB Chili Powder [about $3 a bottle if you don't have it]
- 2 TB ground Cumin [about $3 a bottle if you don't have it]
- 2 cups plain yogurt [$1-$1.50]
- 8 cups 1/2 and 1/2 [$3.19 @ smart and final]
- 6 cups tomato puree [12 cup can is $2-$3 at Costco or about $3-$4 at smart and final]
- 1-2 tsp salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup (give or take) cornstarch
- 10 lbs boneless chicken or cheap meat under $2/lb [about $20]
- parsley for garnish [optional]
- Total: somewhere around $30.00-$35.00
- Cut meat into 1 to 2 inch cubes, or you can use whole chicken drumstick, thigh..etc if desired.
- Saute onion and garlic in some oil until onion is clear, don't burn garlic.
- Stir in butter, lemon juice, ginger, garam masala, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute.
- Add tomato puree and cook for 3-5 minutes.
- Stir in half and half and yogurt.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While curry is cooking, stir fry the meat until fully cooked.
- Dissolve cornstarch in very little cold water and add to curry.
- Cook for 5-10 minutes or until thickened.
- Combine meat with curry.
- Sprinkle with parsley for garnish [optional]