I borrowed the Vij’s cookbook from my friend last week and when I saw this recipe it caught my attention instantly. Vij’s is one of Vancouver’s best restaurants, they serve intensely rich and imaginative Indian Fusion. I used the curry almost exactly as it was – except for two changes, I used more yogurt and I omitted the asafoetida required since I couldn’t find any without going on a bit of a trek. Serve with this cucumber raita and rice or naan.
As to the herb I am using – I am actually using two as per the title but the bulk is in cilantro, I actually had enough mint still alive in my window box to avoid buying mint which is always a bit of a victory. But back to Cilantro, coriander itself is key in Indian cuisine as it is a part of garam masala in the form of the seeds. We all know how important garam masala is, and how every family’s recipe can be different. According to wikipedia coriander seeds are also frequently roasted and eaten as a snack in India. Mental note to attempt to do that later.
Mint-Cilantro Chicken Curry(6-8 servings)
Adapted from Vij's cookbook
Mix cilantro leaves and stems, mint leaves, jalapenos, and ginger in a food processor. Add 1C water and puree until smooth. Set aside.
1. Heat oil in a heavy shallow pot on med heat for 1 min. Add cumin and coriander seeds and allow them to sizzle for about 30 seconds.
2. Add garlic and saute for about 3 minutes or until golden brown, Stir in salt.
3. Turn off the heat and after 2-3 minutes stir in 1 cup yogourt. Add chicken thighs and stir well. Turn the heat to medium and cover and cook for about 25 minutes, stirring regularly. (If you have the time, let it cook a little longer, then the chicken should just fall off the bone.) Remove curry from the heat and cool for about 20 minutes.
4. Transfer chicken to a mixing bowl. Wearing latex gloves peel chicken meat off the bones. The size of the chicken pieces doesn’t matter but do not shred them. Discard bones and stir chicken back into curry.
5. Stir in mint-cilantro chutney and the other cup of yogourt, About 15 mins before serving bring curry to a boil on medium heat. Turn down the heat to a summer cook, uncovered for about 10 minutes or until chicken is ell mixed.
6. Serve over rice.