Indian Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry: Restaurant-Quality (Paleo,GF, Dairy-Free, Oil-Free)

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I love Sundays just because it has always been a “special” day for me. A day of rest, a day to spend time with close friends and family, and a day to be at church. Sundays (or the sabbath) is the day I find myself reflecting constantly. I think about things I’ve done during the week and things I could do better. I often find comfort in the lessons given at church, and feeling the wonderful spirit there. Everyone goes through challenges in their lives, and sometimes its easy to give up, to lose hope. The teachings that I learned at church has kept me anchored  through the “rough waves”. At these times I find comfort in the words of a song that I learnt since I was a kid:

I need thee ev’ry hour,
Most gracious Lord.
No tender voice like thine
Can peace afford.
I need thee, oh, I need thee;
Ev’ry hour I need thee!
Oh, bless me now, my Savior;
I come to thee!
With the lyrics of this hymn running through my mind, I found myself skipping back down the hill of Brigham Young Campus back home. This week, especially, has been very difficult for me. But I have been very blessed to be able to feel his love through the the people around me. Whenever I feel down there was always someone there right beside me ready to lift me up, talk to me, or give me a hug – I definitely know these are tender mercies from the Lord. I really needed him this week and I have come to realize how much I need him everyday of my life.
There was a gentle breeze blowing against my neck and lifting up the helms of my long black skirt. I felt it moving to the motions of the cool, mild breeze. I pulled my leather coat on tighter as I felt the chill that even the blazing Utah sun couldn’t seem to keep out. It felt great though. I walked through the quiet, empty streets that seemed so peaceful and welcoming. A few cars sped by, just as I stopped to see a few sweet couples holding hands walking home from church. It was a good day. The words of another hymn came to mind:
I feel my Savior’s love
In all the world around me.
His Spirit warms my soul
Through ev’rything I see.
Through everything I see, everything I have I feel his love, and see his hand. It is his immeasurable love that keeps me going everyday! I really am grateful for my faith for his love and for just this beautiful day. And not to mention to be able to make this beautiful curry. It is simply divine!
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Roast and mash potatoes?

Spaghetti and meatballs?

Sunday Night Dinners are always the highlight of the week. But choosing what to make can be pretty tough. We eventually decided on this pulled Indian chicken braised in some wonderful spices. It was a tough choice, because right down the road from us is a delicious downtown Indian restaurant – Bombay House. Everyone who lives around here knows about Bombay House and how good all their curries and garlic naan bread is. To even try to compete with their food would be impossible. But we still decided to take on the challenge. We anxiously watched the simmering pot of spicy gravy with chicken cooking away. The room smelt wonderful and warm – it felt like home. That was one good sign. I was worried that the chicken wouldn’t cook on time because it was so tempting for one of us would lift the lid to stir and smell the delicious curry every few minutes making it hard to retain the heat.Thankfully we managed to get through the one hour and a half as Zoe and I kept watching each other to stop either of us running to the pot to take a quick peek. That’s the perk of having a cooking partner in crime to keep you in check to not ruin any dish or rush anything. Cooking is really a test of resilience and patience sometimes. But the results can be rather imaginable and worthwhile. Like this time.

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Tender, flavorful chicken in a thick coconut/spiced sauce with sweet potatoes. I have to say it was good enough to rival Bombay House’s curry – and that is saying  a lot. Our friends loved it. We all missed home cooking and this hit the spot. It will be something I will be remaking again soon.

Adapted from Seasonsandsupper

Ingredients – Serves 4

  • 3 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp pureed ginger
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste (used around 1 3/4 since we ran out)
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper powder/cayenne
  • 3 cups chicken broth (make sure it is soy-free)
  • 3/4-1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into chunks

How to Make:

  1. Remove all fat/skin from your chicken.
  2. Heat pot over high heat and sear your chicken until golden brown on both sides. Transfer to plate and season with salt.
  3. In the small pot, add onion, garlic, ginger and cook till onion till soft and brown (around 5-10 minutes). Since I don’t use any oil, keep an eye on it carefully. Add hot water, a little at a time, if you need to deglaze or if it starts to stick/burn. Turns he heat lower to allow it caramelize and cook.
  4. Add tomato paste, garam masala, turmeric, coriander, red pepper powder, cumin. Stir and cook until tomato paste is brown (around 4 minutes).
  5. Put the chicken back in with broth, tomato puree, coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce and simmer for 1 hour (or until chicken is falling off the bone).
  6. Take out the chicken, shred/cut into bite-sized pieces. Its best if it looks irregular because it looks very rustic!
  7. Discard bones, and return the chicken to pot with your sweet potato chunks.
  8. Continue to simmer and cook over low heat for 30 minutes or until sweet potato is soft.
  9. Serve with fresh coriander, black pepper, rice.You can definitely serve it with quinoa, cauliflower rice, naan, yoghurt or any other topping you want!Edit Indian Curry 6

Love,

Zoe  &  Mia

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