If you are anything like me, you got exactly what you wanted for Christmas this year, and that was a really great curry powder. Of course you can make your own curry, but it is certainly handy to have one around that doesn't have too much turmeric, which I can't stand. Curry can be used on many, many foods, like nachos for example. Yes, nachos! Mix a little curry, cumin, Old Bay and chili powder together, and lightly dust chips covered with a combination of monterey jack and white cheddar. TRUST ME.
I wrote a while back about the world's best curry that I was craving, and here it is. It is the perfect food for when you've had a long week. Which I assuredly have!
WORLD'S BEST CURRY FOR FRIDAY NIGHT
You will need:
Come home from whatever you do all week. If you are a person like myself who works at home, then just stay where you are. Turn off the phone, put away your Blackberry/iPhone/Walkie-Talkie, lock the door. Play some music that makes you feel good. This is at your discretion, but something along the lines of this:
Remove work clothes and put on sweatpants, wooly socks, and large sweatshirt, unless you work at home like me, in which case don't change anything. Pour yourself a large cocktail. How about a nice vodka with soda and a splash of LimeAid? Easy!
Chop the onion, potato, really whatever vegetables you like. Pour oil into a hot pan and add butter and some curry powder. Add some minced ginger and garlic. Again, I'm not giving you measurements because it is Friday and I'm not going to boss you around. Add a squeeze, or a spoonful of tomato paste, depending on whether you have a tube or a can. Stir it around. Put in cubed chicken breasts - if you want to use something else, fine! Make it all veggie, use lamb, use Quorn Tenders, use the hamster you accidentally bought the kids for Christmas. Everything is good in this curry. Put the chicken into the pan to brown, add onions and potatoes. If you like a lot of onions, use a lot. If you hate them, throw them out the window. When the onions are soft, add a glug or two of chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper. Throw in some frozen peas, unless you are a masochist, and then by all means shell your own damn peas! Now add prunes. You can just add a few, or a lot. You can chop them small, but I like them whole and little less than one fourth the amount of prunes as chicken. Simmer everything until you are confident it is all cooked, and the potatoes are soft, and the prunes are kind of falling apart. Add a swig of cream. Stir it around. Simmer again for a bit. Serve over rice.
Park yourself in front of the television and watch whatever you like to watch. For me that would be the best show on television, I Shouldn't Be Alive, which makes me feel less guilty that I am sitting in front of the tv in my comfy pants eating curry, and not out trying to sail around the world with my children or trek through the Amazon by myself, followed by Intervention which reminds me that even though I may be on my third vodka with LimeAid, at least I'm not drinking the Listerine.