When we read about Amanda's (of Amanda's Cookin') Secret Recipe Club, we hoped we weren't too late to join. Well, we were. For that month's "meeting" anyway. But we were "inducted" into the club shortly afterward and are thrilled to be participating in July's posting.
The SRC is a group of food blogging enthusiasts who are assigned another person's blog from which they must read, choose, make and post about, a recipe. The "secret" part is that the person whose recipe we're making doesn't know who we are. All postings are posted at the same time on the same date (what we call the Big Reveal), and it's all great fun.
The blog we were assigned is Passionate About Baking. This beautifully written and photographed blog is by Deeba Rajpal of India. Now, one would think we would have chosen one of her many dozens of baking recipes. However, since it is our first SRC, we decided to celebrate "first timeness" and use Deeba's recipe for "Khade Masale Ka Korma," or "Chicken Curry with Whole Spices" to make our first homemade curry. This particular curry called to us not only because of the use of whole spices but also because of the wonderful simplicity of the dish.
The khade mesale, or whole spices used in this dish
We followed Deeba's recipe, found here, halving the amounts of the ingredients (since we were cooking for two), using Szechuan peppercorns in place of black, and serving the chicken with steamed basmati rice. The result was chicken that was cooked to a perfect texture in an aromatic curry sauce that had a flavorful and comforting spiciness to it. In a word, delightful.
The base of the dish, ghee (or clarified butter)
First, we melted some ghee...
...and sauteed sliced onions in it.
We added some green cardamom pods, whole cloves and Szechuan peppercorns.
Next, we added onion, garlic and ginger that we had ground quickly in a food processor.
This curry gets additional flavor as well as its color from hot paprika.
A few tablespoons of yogurt and some water were added before we put on the cover and allowed the chicken to cook.
The finished product, served with basmati rice.
Deeba's blog is awesome and this curry looks great! Glad you enjoyed the SRC :)
Super fun! This curry looks great.
Seriously delicious! I could go for a plate of your curry right now!
My husband would love this - thanks for sharing!
Thank you for making one of my most favourite curries. So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you too for your sweet mention. Have a great day!
I was a newby to the club this month too. This recipe looks delicious!
WishI had this for dinner tonight!
So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. This looks amazing :)
This looks like a great curry. We love curry dishes at our house so I am happy you selected this recipe from Deeba's blog!
Deeba does have a beautiful blog....and I've yet to make a savory dish of hers but will someday soon! This sounds delicious!
It seems like there were a lot of us SRC newbies this month! Your curry looks amazing...I can (almost) smell the spices from here! Theresa
I've been on a major curry kick lately and this dish looks wonderful.
If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.
Cook Lisa Cook
This looks so fantastic! Love the sound of this recipe - homemade curry is so tasty! :)
Oh yum! This sounds so good - I remember the first time I made my first curry, I was so surprised that it turned out so well and was actually quite easy! Now I don't have to make so many trips to Indian restaurants to get my curry fix =)
This looks and sounds so delicious. I haven't made a homemade curry yet and this sounds like the perfect recipe to do it. Yummy!
Making your own curry blend is always the best!
Hmmm I wonder if I could get this past my curry-hating hubby. Nah, probably not, but it looks so yummy!
That's a great idea for a round up. It really forces you to experiment. Isn't a fresh curry amazing? Once you make it for the first time, you're hooked.
Not sure this is my kind of thing, but it looks really great! Bet my husband would love it.
Amy @ A Little Nosh
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