Thursday, February 16, 2017

World Foods ~ Brainy Indian Butter Chicken

Indian food is spicy food and for that reason full of flavor! And, its brainy simple to make at home. If you have chicken, rice, potatoes, some root veggies, green pepper, garlic and onion... then you are half way there.

For this dish, the required spices are: butter, chicken, onion, green pepper, carrot and wild parsnips, cardamom (good substitute: combine equal amounts of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg), paprika, black pepper, garlic powder and dried herbs. You will also need one small can of tomato paste, some coconut cream which can be substituted with heavy cream adding a dash of coconut extract. 

Begin by sauteing on med heat in coconut oil and butter (1/2 stick) one whole chopped onion and green pepper as well as chopped carrots and parsnips. Cube as much chicken breast as you need. Once the onion, pepper and root veggies are tender and browned, push aside in the skillet and add your chicken. Turn up the heat a bit and sear the cubes on all sides.

Reduce the heat, bring back in the onion, pepper and root veggies and begin to add your seasonings. Next, add the coconut cream and tomato paste, sprinkle in the dried herbs: mint or parsley/cilantro or lavender and oregano stir it all up, cover and simmer while you prepare a side of either potatoes or rice.

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