Chung Ling’s Farmer Curry

Curry is the first dish I learned how to make when I studied abroad. When I lived in Philadelphia, this recipe warmed me up through many snowy winters. It is easy but flavourful; simple but filling. It is somewhere between Indian style curry and Japanese style curry with chunky vegetables. I love to make it around this time of year.

I got this recipe from a friend and developed it over time. I use yogurt as the base so it has richer and thicker texture, and is more healthy. It is so satisfying that I rarely eat curry in restaurants anymore.

Mr. K wants me to write down my secret. So here it is! This recipe serves approximately 4-5 people.

All you need is:

  • 1 big pot (maybe 5L to 6L)

Ingredients:

  • 5 slices of ginger
  • 5 whole cloves garlic.
  • 2 whole chili pepper (optional)
  • 750g plain yogurt (please do NOT use non-fat)
  • 1 little canned tomato paste
  • 1/2 canned chopped tomato
  • 2-3 potato, cut into chunky pieces
  • 2-3 carrot, cut into chunky pieces
  • 1 onion, cut into chunky pieces
  • 5-6 chicken thigh
  • 2 curry block
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp rosemary

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil (about 1-2 tbsp) in the pot and add ginger, garlic and chilli pepper in the pot. Cook it for about 2 mins. Add chicken thighs. Skin side down. Cook them until the skin is golden and take the thighs out and put them aside.
  2. In the same pot, add chopped carrots, onions and potatoes. Stir it once a while and let it cook for 5 mins.
  3. Pour yogurt in and bring it to boil.
  4. Add canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and water until the liquid covers the ingredients. Then add a bay leaf, the oregano, and rosemary. Bring it to boil again and turn down the heat to simmer for 20-3o mins.
  5. When carrots are cooked through, add the curry blocks. Stir it until it is well blended. Simmer it for another 5-10 mins.

Tips:

  1. You can get curry blocks from asian grocery stores.
  2. Curry blocks thicken the liquid so make sure you stir it often.
  3. For vegetarians, just take out the meat!

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