Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kiddie's curry - Pumpkin, chicken and tomato curry




I may be a multitasking mom, but I do not take my cooking lightly. I love my cooking to be flavorful (flavored with naturally available spice and ingredients) and presentable, as it improves one's appetite. I make effort in cooking nice delicious food for my family, especially little J. Even if it means waking up at 5am to prep for our lunch, I would still think it's all worth the time and effort. I am a working mom, so I try my best to wake up earlier everyday to prep my own breakfast and lunch for both little J and I. I am very fortunate that I get to take long lunch break to enjoy nice homecooked lunch at the comfort of our home. 

I prep for this dish ahead (the night before) by 
  1. Marinating the chicken with dash of liquid amino (or soy sauce), pinch of salt and sesame oil 
  2. *Mincing the garlic, shallots and onion in blender and store in fridge for use the next morning. 
Ingredients (serves 2-3): 
  • 1 chicken leg or half a chicken, chunked 
  • 3 cloves of garlic* (See prep no. 2 above)
  • 4 shallots* (See prep no. 2 above) 
  • 1/2 onion* (See prep no. 2 above)
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, quartered 
  • 150g pumpkin, cubed 
  • 2 sprigs of curry leaves 
  • 1tsp turmeric powder
  • 2-3 tbsp tomato puree (if you dont have this, then use more tomatoes) 
  • 2-3 cups of freshly squeezed coconut milk (or stock) 
  • Salt and pepper (season accordingly) 
  • Optional: 3x Fresh brown button mushroom and a small bunch of enoki mushroom
Method: 
  1. Heat up 2-3 tbsp of cooking oil (I use grapeseed oil for cooking for LO) in a wok/ pan. Pan fry cubed pumpkin and curry leaves till pumpkins turn golden color on the outisde. Set aside. 
  2. Heat up 1tbsp of cooking oil in a wok/ pan. Stir fry garlic, shallots and onion mince with chicken until chicken turns brown. 
  3. Add in mushrooms, tomato, pumpkin and curry leaves. Cook for 2-3 minutes. 
  4. Add in turmeric powder, tomato puree with coconut milk (or stock). Simmer for 20-30 minutes. 
  5. Season accordingly. 
  6. Serve with rice. 


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