I really possess a chum named Ivory Hut. I handle that girl.
Ivory Hut has a husband who’s, amongst many things, Trinidadian.
Lately, Tom—who’s the form of man who’d uncover his aged mother support to her dwelling country for a long outing since the winters in The USA are complicated on her—took his aged mother support to Trinidad for a long outing since the iciness in The USA used to be complicated for her.
Wow. That used to be kind of a deja-vuish sentence there, wasn’t it?
Anyway, Tom—who’s the form of man who’d send his critical other’s friend some particular curry powder from his native Trinidad—despatched his critical other’s friend some particular curry powder from his native Trinidad.
Why accomplish I protect hearing things twice?
There it used to be again—did you hear that?
There used to be one?
K, anyway. Thank you to Tom, who no longer perfect despatched me a care equipment of Trini spices and treats, but who additionally gave me his rooster curry recipe. I attempted it over the weekend and my coronary heart soared. I handle Trinidad!
That you just can use this recipe with whatever curry powder you happen to possess on hand, and can add whatever substances you’d handle: jalapenos, bell peppers, even potatoes. Adapt it and produce it your occupy!
Here’s what that you just can like: rooster (total split rooster or a aggregate of legs and thighs), curry powder (mine came from Trinidad, but you can too use any Indian curry mix), turmeric, garlic, onion, tomato, vegetable oil, cilantro, salt, pepper, and mustard (I aged Dijon, but any mustard will accomplish).
Throw the onion, tomato, garlic, gloomy pepper, and cilantro into a food processor.
Pulse the aggregate loads of times unless it resembles a just accurate pico de gallo mixture.
Need the rooster…
And decide the pores and skin, rinsing it neatly under cold water.
I aged legs, in consequence of I handle darkish meat.
And thighs…in consequence of I handle darkish meat.
After you pores and skin and rinse the rooster…
Pat it dry with a few paper towels.
Throw the rooster into a bowl, then sprinkle on a few teaspoons of salt.
You in actuality don’t deserve to undersalt the rooster. You’ll remorse it the remainder of your existence even as you accomplish.
THE REST OF YOUR NATURAL BORN LIFE!
Season the rooster with hundreds of freshly floor gloomy pepper, too.
Throw in a factual teaspoon of mustard.
Subsequent, throw the onion/tomato/garlic/cilantro mixture into the bowl.
Stride it around neatly, so the mustard and all of the seasonings are evenly distributed.
Now trusty duvet this up and let it sit and fall in handle for no decrease than a few hours.
You wish possess hundreds of laundry to take your busy.
Or am I trusty projecting?
I judge I’m trusty projecting.
I trusty projected.
K! After the rooster is completed marinating, grab the curry powder. Isn’t Trinidadian curry powder graceful?
Smartly, I’m definite all curry is graceful. It’s trusty that my point of curiosity is on Trinidadian curry at this particular moment in our history.
Add a few tablespoons of curry to a bowl.
Now grab just a runt turmeric (which occurs to be one of my all-time well-liked seasonings, and whose inclusion on Tom’s ingredient checklist made me teach choruses of enjoyment.)
(Smartly, silently, obviously.)
(My household advised me if I sang choruses of enjoyment whereas reading recipes again, they’d bear in mind having me dedicated.)
Add it to the bowl, too. Show mask that even as you’re utilizing a a selection of curry powder, you can too no longer possess to utilize this unheard of turmeric (or any at all.) Some curry powders possess hundreds of turmeric in them already.
Subsequent up, add just a runt little bit of water to the bowl.
And mix it along with a fork. This mixture is is belief as “curry slurry.”
Build of living a gargantuan skillet over medium-low warmth and add some canola oil.
Here’s completely non-compulsory, but I did it in consequence of a) Tom advised me to and b) Tom advised me to. I tossed a few mehti seeds within the oil and let them brown just a runt.
However even as you don’t possess mehti seeds, don’t let it protect you up at night!
I didn’t possess mehti seeds unless Tom despatched them to me.
(I didn’t even know what mehti seeds were unless Tom despatched them to me. They don’t lift them in my native grocery store.)
When the oil is sizzling…
Pour the curry slurry into the pan.
What we would favor to accomplish now, typically, is cook the spices.
You would favor to trail it your total time, making definite the aggregate doesn’t burn or change into overly dry.
I switched to a roam midway through. The colour will gradually change into just a runt deeper.
Push the curry slurry someday of the pan, making definite it all will get stirred around completely.
After a few minutes, throw in just a runt chopped onion. Stride it around and cook it for a few minutes…
Then throw within the rooster! I didn’t rinse or wipe off the seasonings first—I trusty left them lined with the stuff. Nestle the pieces into the sauce, then turn over the pieces to coat them.
Build the lid on (but no longer tightly on) and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
Your kitchen smells in actuality factual factual now.
Purchase off the lid, and add just a runt water to the pan. I added a cup, but TOM SAYS to be prepared to add up to 2 cups if that’s what it wants. You trusty don’t need the sauce to be too dry and pasty. It can mute be saucy.
Now duvet the rooster and let it cook for…neatly, for awhile. I judge I let mine roam for a factual 23 to 25 minutes. You surely need the rooster to be accomplished all of the manner through. Purchase the lid and take a look at the sauce typically, transferring the rooster around within the pan and adding just a runt more water if the sauce becomes dry. Cook unless the sauce is thick and the rooster’s accomplished.
In the intervening time, produce some rice. In the remainder ten minutes, throw in loads of sprigs of cilantro so that you just’ll stop up with…uh…cilantro-infused rice.
Or you can too trusty leave it evil. I’m no longer here to add extra steps to your existence!
Select away the cilantro from the rice when it’s accomplished.
Heap some rice on a plate…
And mmmm…yummy. By now the rooster’s prepared. Doesn’t it glimpse divine?
Add a few pieces (I did a thigh and a leg) to the rice.
Spoon some of the sauce over the tip…
And trusty sit there and glimpse at it for a minute. Helpful!
Lastly, for the final—and most necessary!—step:
Dig in, toddler! Tom’s instructions surely said to dig in with your hands, which is the factual Trini manner.
However I was haunted that will per chance even be the final nail in my camera’s coffin.
Oh, this used to be an absolute treat.
There are so many things you can too accomplish to costume this up—if I’d had a jalapeno or two, I would possess sliced them and added them in. Tom says he likes to utilize habanero peppers, the heroic boy. Ivory Hut says if the aggregate finishes up being too salty, you can too add in extra tomatoes. If it’s bland, cook down the sauce just a runt more. Or if it’s too piquant, splash in some coconut milk (bought in cans.) And Tom says to add in potatoes for more of a curry stew.
The prospects are endless.
Thanks, Tom, for sharing this dish—and the expedient curry powder—with me. I loved it!
(Show mask: Ivory Hut made this same dish on her location; strive it out for more diversifications and guidelines.)
Here’s the printable recipe: