CURRY PASTA WITH CHICKEN AND COCONUT

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Though the name says chicken, this is a fun way to use up vegetables that you hate to eat. The original recipe penned by David Tans, used shrimp and fewer vegetables. The end product is a child of Italian and Asian cuisine and the blend of flavors and spices are amazing and beautifully balanced. For adding an extra tinge, i added some amount of capsicum paste too, which gave this a rich color and the addition of coconut milk has transformed it to extra rich and creamy gravy. Vegetarians can replace chicken with tofu, cottage cheese or soy.

Gather these:

  • Pasta (Use your favorite kind or mix it up!) – 250 grams
  • skinless chicken breast, cut to long thin pieces        – 300 to 400 grams
  • diced onion         – 1 medium
  • cherry tomatoes   – 8 halved
  • coconut milk         – 2 cups
  • peppers, red and yellow – 1/2 of each, pasted smooth, resulting a beautiful orange color.
  • red chili flakes   – 1 tablespoon
  • coriander seeds, cumin, fennel, cloves and cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon each
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • grated ginger and garlic – 2 tablespoon
  • vegetables as needed – 1/2 cup
  • turmeric powder   -1.5 teaspoon
  • pepper and salt
  • fresh coconut oil
  • cilantro as needed

Start with:

  • In a pot of boiling salted water, cook your pasta al dente, run through cold water to thwart sticking.
  • In a skillet, heat some coconut oil, add diced onions, saute till soft, followed by ginger and garlic.
  • Once the raw flavor dies, add the vegetables and saute them for a minute or two.
  • Dry roast coriander seeds, cinnamon, cloves, fennel and cumin, grind them well using the pestle and mortar, while you enjoy the aroma.
  • Add this spice mix to the onions, mix them for a minute, followed by the pepper paste and pepper powder.
  • Add the chicken,salt,and turmeric powder, followed by lemon juice and zest.
  • Add the coconut milk, then the halved tomatoes, cook the chicken till tender.
  • Once cooked, add the red chili flakes and some cilantro, check the taste.
  • Separate the cooked pasta to the required bowls, add the chicken gravy, top with cilantro and indulge into it!

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