Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Vindaloo Express~ Chicken Vindaloo

The first time I ate a pork vindaloo was at the Koshy's Cafe. The other day I was thinking of the steaming white rice served with the vindaloo, the same day Aditya Bal demonstrated the recipe on NDTV Good times. Also AXN had Nigel Lythgoe on the show 'So you think you can dance' calling a pair of dancers ' the Vindaloo Express'.  My patience just ran out and immediately checked my freezer, saw that I had chicken and decided on the spot to try the chicken version because there was no stopping me now.

Chicken/ Pork - 1kg cut into medium pieces
Dry red chillies- 15-20
Onions chopped - 2
Garlic - 6-7 pods
Ginger - 1" piece
Cloves - 5-6
Peppercorns - 10-12
Black cardamom - 1
Cinnamon - 2 sticks
Fenugreek - 2 tsp
Cumin - 1/2tsp
Vinegar - 2tbs
Tomato paste - 2tbs (about 3-4 chopped tomatoes could be used instead)
Sugar - 2tsp
Salt to taste

Vindaloo Paste:
Grind red chillies, ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom, fenugreek, cumin and vinegar and keep aside.

Heat oil in a wok, and saute onions till browned. Then add the sugar, let it caramelize a bit followed by the tomato paste. Once the fat separation starts to happen add the vindaloo paste and saute till the masala is cooked. Add the chicken and cook till the gravy is thickened and chicken is cooked. Usually vindaloos are best served with plain white rice.

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