lemon chicken curry

Posted: December 30, 2013 in Indian
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My sisters and I watched a Tagalog movie called FOUR DAUGHTERS AND A WEDDING, and it surprised me. Filipino movies are usually corny or overly emotional, and though this wouldn’t win an American best picture, it was better than the usual. It captured Philippine culture I had never connected to being Filipino, most notably the presence of a strong matriarchal figure. Every time the  mother walked into the room, fights stopped, apologies began. A fight would start to simmer, and she’d just turn to her children, and without raising her voice, would say, “Your youngest brother is upset because of all of you. Fix it.” Two minutes later, the sisters would be out by the swing set, talking with their younger brother to repair their issues. The Philippines was recently ranked one of the top countries with the smallest gender gap. I wonder if gender gaps in the workplace must be connected to gender gaps in the household. While Filipino men and women take stereotypical roles in the home (wife cooks and cleans, husband repairs leaking roofs), I realized while watching the movie that power is more than the tasks we’re in charge of, but how we hold power as a result of them.

Tonight’s dinner is chicken curry – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/indian-chicken-curry-ii/

lemon chicken curry

3 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
3 tbsp cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp paprika
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 tbsp white sugar
1.5 lbs boneless chicken breast
1 can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
1 cup plain yogurt
1 can coconut milk
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 cup frozen green peas

 1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until lightly browned. Stir in garlic, curry powder, cinnamon, paprika, bay leaf, ginger, sugar and salt. Continue stirring for 2 minutes. Add chicken pieces, diced tomatoes, yogurt, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 to 25 minute

2. Remove bay leaf, and stir in lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Simmer 5 more minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in frozen peas


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