Curry wasn't something which I had experienced a lot of prior to my moving over here to the UK. My only experience had been a chicken curry that a friend of mine from Manchester had made for me about 30 years ago when I was living on a British Military Training Base in Canada. I remember that it was delicious but very spicy. She had used a whole bottle of curry powder in it!
The first curry I made after moving over here to the UK was a Chicken Tikka Masala that I learned how to make when I was taking my Chef's course. I thought it was really nice, and whilst I can by no means claim to be an expert at the dish of curry, I have been experimenting every since with flavours and textures in the years ever since.
I don't really like to use jarred sauces and mixes for things like this. I prefer to start from scratch . . . using fresh spices and pastes and today I made a delicious Chicken Biryani which was quick and simple to make. I found the recipe in a cookbook I had purchased a long time ago entitled . . . Good Food, The Family Meal Planner. It's a great book for anyone who has a family and is struggling to get an interesting and delicious variety of meals on the table to feed their families.
This was very quick to make and has some lovely fruity flavours and just a bit of heat. Of course you can adjust the heat by the type of curry paste you choose to use. I chose to use a Balti, but curry pastes vary widely in strengths and heats. A Korma would be mild and coconutty, whereas a Madras would blow your hat off. I quite liked the Balti. It's somewhere in between the two.
I love the flavours of cinnamon, bay and cardamom in this dish. It makes a lot and is quite hearty! I do like a one pan supper that is quick, simple and easy to make and when it's delicious as well, then I'd call this a winner! I love the addition of the toasted almonds on top. Included also is a tip to make a delicious salad from the leftovers on the day after.
*Chicken Biryani*Serves 4
1 tsp ground tumeric4 boneless, skinless chicken breast portions, cut into 1 inch cubes