Curry is said to be originated from India but actually curry dishes have been very popular in China for a long long time.
Curry powder in Chinese cooking tastes quite different than its cousin in India and it smells more moderately.
Curry dishes are popular for cold days but it is also stimulating to your appetite after a long day of high heat and
humidity like today.
Ingredients & spices:
- 5 pieces of Chicken Legs (could be chicken thighs, wings, breast cubes)
- 1 or 2 tablespoonfuls of chopped garlic
- 1 or 2 tablespoonfuls of chopped green onions
- 1 shallot (optional)
- 3 Potatoes
- 1 cup of Chickpeas (soak in water for 15 minutes before using)
- 1 tablespoonful of curry powder or more to your taste (this curry powder is available in Whole Foods & all general
- 3 tablespoonfuls of White Cooking Wine (not shown here, I usually use wine bought from local oriental
- 2 tablespoonfuls of olive oil (could be any kind)
- 1 teaspoonful of salt (any kind)
the most basic ingredients to go with meat or fish in Chinese cuisine: ginger, green onion, garlic.
Don’t start cooking without one of them at least!
other important ingredients to go with meat or fish in Chinese cuisine: cooking wine and salt (if white) or
soy sauce (if red color is preferred). Cooking wine is a
must to eliminate raw meat smell effectively.
Now let’s get cooking!
- on low to medium heat, add olive oil to the pot
- add all green onions, shallots, garlic and stir till they turn slightly gold
- add curry powder
- add chicken legs and stir everything together till chicken turns color
- add cooking wine, salt and stir more
- add chickpeas
- add half a cup of water or enough so that chicken legs are halfway submerged in water
- wait till the pot to boil on high heat and then turn to low heat again (3 out of 10)
- cover and let it cook for about 25 minutes, stir occasionally
- add in potato chunks and let it cook for another 10 minutes (or till potato is fully cooked/could be
meshed easily with spatula)
when the good curry smell tickles you, heat up a slice
of bread, a glass of water . . .
dinner is ready!
yum yum! bon appetit!