Introducing Friday Food Fight, where two recipes duke it out to become my supper.
COCONUT CHICKEN CURRY: Indian curries can be a little more complicated to make, but they are always worth the extra effort. The ingredient list might seem longer than usual, but the length is usually attributable to spices, which only need measuring and tossing in.
*Mum’s tip: while you prep your curry, measure all your spices onto a small plate. It’ll be a breeze to just add it in later!
3 Tbsp olive oil or grapeseed oil for the healthy conscious
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Garam Masala
1 Tbsp cumin powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp paprika
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger root
1/2 tsp white sugar
salt and pepper to taste
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves-cut into large bite size
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 cup plain yogurt
3/4 cup or half a can of coconut milk
1/2 lemon, juiced (you can substitute for apple cider vinegar if you’re out of lemons)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, if you like to spice things up)
Heat olive oil in a skillet over med. heat. Saute onion ’till lightly browned. Stir in garlic, curry powder, cinnamon, paprika, bay leaf, ginger, sugar and salt. Continue stirring for 2 min. Add chicken pieces, tomato paste, yogurt, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 min. Remove bay leaf, and stir in lemon juice and cayenne. Simmer for 5 more min. Serve with basmati rice.
Recipe courtesy Jules Food, with a few modifications.
GRILLED PORK CHOP: This recipe is a bit easier than the curry. Goes great with some grilled potatoes for a true home-cook, comfort-food meal.
*Mum’s tip: a trick for amazing oven baked potatoes: after draining boiled potatoes, place lid back on pot and shake it like a polaroid picture. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, your favourite herb and bake!
6 pork loins
4 teaspoons thinly sliced onion
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup bbq sauce (if you have time on your hands, it’s always great to make your own sauce. Try this recipe on for size; and if you make extra, just jar it and keep it for next time!)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Combine onion, chili powder, garlic, oregano, paprika, and cayenne pepper and rub on both sides of the pork (about 1/2 tsp of rub per side). Mix together the lemon juice and bbq sauce. Place chops on a preheated grill. Grill for 6-8 minutes per side. As one side is cooked and you turn over the chops and give the cooked side a coat of the bbq sauce mixture. Turn again and coat cooked side with bbq sauce mixture. Give each coated side a minute to cook to get the chops nice and saucy.
Recipe courtesy Real Mom Kitchen