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Vietnamese Curry   HT  MC  50mins plus marinating


Vietnamese name: Cari


Serves 4    Hot  Poultry  Vegetables Main Course Curries  Gluten Wheat Dairy Free  Eggless  Vietnam  Asia  Asian



2 teasp Medium Curry Powder

Salt and Black Pepper

1 teasp Sugar

4 large Chicken Joints, halved

3 tbsp Vegetable Oil

2  Potatoes or Sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 Cloves garlic, chopped

2 Bay leaves

1  Onion, cut into wedges and separated

1 Stalk fresh lemon grass, presoaked for 20 minutes

and cut into 2.5cm/1-inch pieces

240ml/8fl.oz. Water

1 Carrot, cut into thick slices

240ml/8fl.oz Tinned Coconut milk

120ml/7fl.oz. Water




1. Place the chicken in a large bowl, add the curry powder, black pepper, sugar and salt, mix well  and leave to marinate for at least 1 hour.


2. After the marination time, heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the potatoes and brown on all sides over high heat. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. 


3. Pour all but 2 tablespoons of the oil from the pan, reheat until very hot then add the garlic, bay leaves, onion, and lemon grass and cook for 1 minute, stirring.


4. Add the marinated chicken and fry for 5 minutes on all sides.


5. Add  240ml/8fl.oz.  of water and the carrot, mix well, bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring once during the cooking.


6. Add the pre-fried potatoes, coconut milk and about 120ml/7fl.oz. of water, mix well, recover and simmer for a further 15 minutes. Serve with rice.



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Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Brown  to  -  To fry in very shallow  fat  over a high heat in order to colour the food and seal in the juices.

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.


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