Monday, April 13, 2015

Make It Monday: chicken and cashew curry with chopsticks

     *multi pack of chopsticks pictured here from Coastal Cupboard for under $5

We grabbed those 3 days of pollen free living and wiped down every surface of our porch to have a Indian inspired dinner and looked forward to more nights of the same open air dining. We were duped again... it happens every year. Just when we settle into porch suppers, that second wave of deadly pollen blows through the Lowcountry so we hunker back down inside and wait. Those nights are coming though, so here's a yummy chicken dish in which we switched rice for noodles and added chopsticks just for fun.

Chicken and Cashew Curry With Noodles: This recipe is an amalgamation of several different curry recipes...

  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 red chilies
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or blended
  • 2 tsp ginger, blended with garlic
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 2 Tbl sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • 15 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 Tbl plain yogurt if desired to bring down the heat (kids might like it milder)
  • fresh cilantro leaves to garnish
  • soba noodles (or whatever noodles you like)
  • a dollop of plain yogurt for the top!
  • Coconut flakes to garnish - try Trader Joe's roasted coconut flakes

Heat the oil in a large wok or saucepan over low heat and add the onions and all the dry spice ingredients. Stir fry for about 8 minutes until the onions are golden. Add the chicken pieces and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Now stir in the tomatoes, sugar, coconut milk and plain yogurt and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer for about 40 minutes. Place on top of cooked noodles and add fresh cilantro, plain yogurt, and coconut flakes.

We added a side of green beans right in the bowl. Take it to the porch and enjoy!

*We love these Chopstick Kids too!

A Few Favorite Noodle Spots:

This porch supper compiled to Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra

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