As autumn comes to a close, it welcomes in the Thanksgiving holiday. Cà ri gà would make a wonderful dish to usher in the holiday season. It's a beautiful looking dish. The rich and vibrant colors of this dish that's composed of purple, and yellow sweet yams, curry, and orange carrots is a reflection of the season's colors. This rich and hearty cà ri gà is incredibly aromatic with curry, coconut milk, lemongrass, shallot, and garlic.
RECIPE: Cà Ri Gà
10 pieces Chicken Thigh, bone in
2 tablespoons Curry Powder
2 tablespoons Salt
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Sugar
6 medium Shallots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons finely chopped Garlic
3 stalks of Lemongrass
6 cups Water
1 3/4 cups Coconut Cream
6 medium Sweet Yams
6 large Carrots
I personally like to use chicken thighs with skin on and bone-in for more flavor. If using skin-on chicken thighs, trim off excess fat. Chop thigh into large chunks.
Place chicken in a large bowl. Mix chicken with curry powder, salt, sugar and shallot. Marinate for half an hour or overnight.
Cut sweet yams into 1/2-inch thick slices. Cut carrots into 1-inch chunks. You can also use potatoes if preferred. I am not a fan of potatoes, so I leave it out.
Add cooking oil in a hot frying pan, fry the sweet yams at medium heat until slightly golden on both side. Set aside.
Cut lemongrass stalks into 5-inch segments. Smash with the flat blade of knife to release the aromatic oils. Set aside.
Cooking Chicken Curry
Use the same frying pan to saute garlic and lemongrass until fragrant. Add chicken and saute until slightly cooked.
Transfer chicken to a large pot. Add water and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for about 15 minutes until chicken is fully cooked. Add carrots and sweet yams. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables soften.
Add coconut milk until it hits a boil, then turn off the heat. Avoid cooking chicken curry with coconut milk too long to preserve the vibrant colors.
Chicken curry goes well with toasted French bread, noodle, or even naan bread. Break toasted bread into big piece then dunk it into the sauce and gobble up. It's guarantee to make your taste buds and tummy quite happy. Happy Holidays!