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Hot, sharp, genuinely interesting; this isn't as hot as its British curry house counterpart. Instead this is based on more traditional recipes (primarily this one at Aayi's recipes). Worth noting that, whatever we may have been led to believe, the aloo in vindaloo doesn't mean potatoes. Instead it means garlic (explanation at Wikipedia). The use of caramelised onions in the marinade make this a truly unusual but extraordinarily tasty dish.
Makes 2 servings
- 2 skinless chicken breasts
- 1 medium onion
- 3 tbsp groundnut oil
- 1" thumb ginger
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp fenugreek seeds (optional)
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 3 birds eye chillis
- 1 tomato
- 25g fresh coriander (small bunch)
- 125 ml water
Preparation (Some HTML is OK)
Chop the chicken breasts into roughly 1 to 2" cubes
Peel and roughly chop the onion. Get 2 tablespoons of the oil good and hot in a frying pan over a high heat and fry the onions until they go properly brown. They provide the unusual colour and flavour; you are looking to almost burn them they should be that brown. Once they are browned drain them of any excess oil and put them to one side.
Peel and roughly chop the garlic and ginger. Roughly chop the chillis (seeds and all) and the tomato. Put the caramelised onions, garlic, ginger, chillis, tomato, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds (you can leave these out if you can't find them), salt and red wine vinegar in a blender and whizz them up until you have a thick but smooth paste.
Put the diced chicken in a non-metallic bowl and thoroughly coat it in the paste. Leave it for a minimum of 30 minutes (and upto 4 hours).
When you're ready to cook get the remainder of the oil hot over a medium heat in a wide pan. Put the chicken and all the marinade in the pan and stir fry for a few minutes.
Add enough water to make a thick gravy and turn the heat right down. Leave to cook for approximately 15 minutes.
Finally, finely chop the fresh coriander and put it in the pan. Turn the heat up fiercely for another 1 or two minutes to drive off any excess liquid and wilt the coriander leaves and then serve.