Chicken Karahi is one of our absolute favorite North Indian curries. It also happens to be a fabulous quick-cooking option for busy weeknights. While many Indian curries require lengthy onion-caramelization, long simmering times and an extensive pantry, this one achieves a flavor-packed, lusciously creamy result in just 30 to 45 minutes from start to finish — with basic, readily available ingredients. Astonishing, no?
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We’ve substituted canned, crushed tomatoes for the more traditional diced fresh tomatoes, which saves prep time and shortens the simmering time. Crushed tomatoes achieve a sauce consistency more quickly than diced. The spiciness level of the dish depends on the heat of your chile powder. Stirring in yogurt at the end of the cooking time adds a wonderful richness and tempers the heat of the chile powder, but if spiciness is a concern, just reduce the amount of chile powder and omit the green chile garnish.
Serve this classic curry with rice or roti (psst, whole-wheat tortillas work too), raita or plain yogurt, and the vegetable of your choice to round out the meal.
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1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch cubes
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon chile powder (use less for a milder curry)
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
5 green cardamom pods, crushed, optional
5 whole cloves, optional
14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes
¾ cup full-fat plain yogurt (add up to ¼ cup more for a creamier curry)
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Garnishes: Sliced green chiles, chopped fresh cilantro, lemon wedges
Season chicken with salt. Add minced garlic and ginger and toss to coat.
Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, garlic and ginger and saute for 5 to 7 minutes, until the chicken is seared and golden on all sides. (If the garlic or ginger start to color too quickly, add a splash of water to the …
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle