Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lemongrass Chicken Curry

Get ready for some lemon recipes this week.  I bought a big bag of lemons from Costco and I need to use them up.  First up, this Lemongrass Chicken Curry.  Actually the flavors of lemon come from the lemongrass as well as a fresh lemon.  This lemony curry goes perfect with any of my savory yellow rices.  I really enjoyed the fresh and bright flavor of this dish.  Of course, you can adjust the lemon to your taste and if you don't like tangy dishes steer clear from this one because it's not for you.  But if you like a little tang with spice and loads of aromatic flavors, I suggest you give this one a try.  It's really gorgeous.

2lbs chicken breast cut into large pieces
1 onion (red or white) sliced
2-3 green chilies sliced (or green bell pepper)
15-20 curry leaves
2 stalks lemon grass (bruised and cut into 2 inch pieces)
2-3 pandan leaves
1 (1 inch piece cinnamon stick)
1 lemon  (juiced)
1 heaping teaspoon turmeric powder
1 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
3-4 green cardamom pods
3-4 cloves
3 cups chicken broth
1 Tbs grated fresh ginger
1 Tbs grated fresh garlic
1 can (15oz) coconut milk
salt and black pepper tor taste
red chili flakes to taste
whole dried red chilies (optional)
cornstarch as needed

Cut chicken and season it with salt and black pepper.  Add some cornstarch to coat outside of chicken lightly.  In a large pan heat 2Tb canola oil.  Fry curry leaves, pandan leaves, lemongrass for 1 minute in oil.

Then add the chicken and fry for 3-4 minutes until outside of chicken is browned.  Next add ginger, garlic, fennugreek seeds, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick and cook for another 2 minutes.  Finally add onion and green chilies and some salt.  Fry for another 2 minutes.   Then add turmeric powder, red chili flakes and whole red chilies.  Fry for another 1 minute.
 Add the juice of the lemon and chicken stock and more salt to cook.  Cook for 15-20 minutes on medium high heat.  Finally add coconut milk and cook for another 2 minutes.  Taste for salt and seasoning.  Serve over rice. Enjoy.

Suggested Rice Recipes:
Sri Lankan Fragrant Yellow Rice 
My Mother's Yellow Rice 

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