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Looking for Indian recipe with chicken and lots of curry leaves

I have a lot of fresh curry leaves I'd like to use soon. I remember having some great chicken dishes that featured them nicely, but can't seem to find any good-looking (and "authentic") recipes online or in my cookbooks. Can you recommend one?

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  1. I'm actually planning on using some up tonight - making yogurt marinated chicken - broiled, and then a rice dish (pulao?) that uses 8-10 curry leaves -incredibly tasty. I'll post the recipe if it sounds interesting to you. Also, I freeze my curry leaves and then use them as needed with no problem.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      The pulao sounds great. I've never had much luck with yogurt-marinated broiled chicken for some reason. If you have a moment, would you mind providing a skeleton version of your technique? And it's good to know curry leaves freeze well—I'd love to always have them around.

      1. re: Liana Krissoff


        Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kabobs (paraphrased from Mangoes & Curry Leaves):

        1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I use 1/2 boneless thighs, half breasts)
        1 T minced garlic or garlic minced to a paste
        1/4 cup finely chopped garlic chives, regular chives or scallions
        1 1/4 tsp salt
        1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
        2 T vegetable oil
        1/2 cup cup plain yogurt (I use Fage)
        1 - 2 limes or lemons, cut into wedges

        Cut chicken into 1 inch chunks and put into wide shallow bowl.
        Mix garlic, greens, salt, pepper and oil into the yogurt.
        Add to chicken and stirl, cover and marinate for 1-2 hours - turn over once.
        I broil the meat under my gas broiler (below the oven) - I cover the broiler pan with foil, oil lightly, and broil 12 - 15 minutes, turning once, until cooked through. You are supposed to do them on skewers, but I don't bother - just put the pieces "loose" on the foil and turn with tongs. I mound the chicken on a platter and serve with the lemon/lime wedges.

        Let me know if you'd like the pulao recipe - it has some rather esoteric ingredients ....

        1. re: MMRuth

          Thank you, that looks great. And yes, I'd really appreciate the rice dish recipe, especially if it has unusual ingredients.

          1. re: Liana Krissoff

            Quick Tamarind Pulao with Curry Leaves (paraphrased from Mangoes and Curry Leaves):

            [Note that you need precooked rice, chilled or at room temp.]

            2 scant T tamarind pulp
            1/4 cup hot water
            1 T urad dal [optional]
            3 T vegetable oil or raw sesame oil
            1 tsp black mustard seeds
            2 pinches asafoetida powder
            4 dried red chiles, stemmed and crumbled
            2 green cayenne chiles or 3 jalapenos, coarsely chopped
            1/4 tsp tumeric
            8-10 fresh curry leaves
            4 cups cooked rice (I use basmati)
            1 tsp salt
            1/4 cup cilantro or 2 T dry-roasted cashews, for garnish.

            Put cut up tamarind pul in bol with hot water, mash with fork, soak for several minutes. Wash and draid urad dal.

            Mash and squeeze tamarind pulp, then strain over bowl, pressing w/ the back of a spoon to get out as much as possible. Set liquid aside - ditch the rest.

            Put a wok (I use a large stainless steel skillet) over medium high heat, add oil, when hot add mustard seeds, cover until seeds sputter - 10 -15 seconds, add drained urad dal, assfoetida and crumbled dried chiles. Lower heat to medium and stir fry for a minute.

            Add green chiles, tumeric, stirfry about 2 minutes, add curry leaves and stir. Add rice, crumble to break up lumps. Add salt, raise heat to high, stirfry a couple of minutes, until rice is softened, then add tamarind liquid. Stir fry a couple of minutes more, tossing. Serve in shallow bowl and top with condiment(s).

            1. re: MMRuth

              That sounds amazing. Thank you so much. Now I'm sorry I tossed my bottle of asafoetida the other week (it was making the pantry smell less than good).

          2. re: MMRuth

            This looks soo good! I have an electric stove, do you think this would work just as well baked @ 350??

            1. re: sds

              Does your electric stove have a broiler at the top of the oven? I'm not sure about the baking - the broiler gets it nice and browned, and cooks it quickly so the chicken stays very tender. I actually made both of the recipes for dinner last night, along with a delicious edamame dish from the same cookbook - onions, tomatoes, tumeric etc.

              1. re: MMRuth

                I made the yogurt chicken last night in my broiler, and it was delicious!!! I served it with couscous and lentils, but also put the chicken on a pita with avocado, tomato and lettuce.

                Its not quite an Indian style, but more mediterranian. So tender and tasty!

                1. re: sds

                  So glad - it is such a tasty and simple recipe. And, as you found, easily adapted to different cuisines.

      2. Chicken Mangalorean! Very delicious. I've been making this recipe for about four years, since it first appeared in the LA Times. It's turned up here as well:


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        1. re: TheGloaming

          Oh my god, I love chicken Mangalorean, and this recipe looks great. Never thought to look on the FN site for it. Thank you!

        2. jamie oliver's classic chicken curry satisfies both.

          1. Thank you for all the wonderful sounding recipes! My husband and I love food with these flavors!

            1. Thanks for this thread. It's great to see people talking about this sort of thing. It turned up when I Yahooed "chicken curry leaves", since I too have a lot of curry leaves from the Indian grocery, which I don't usually have, and thus ordinarily avoid recipes with them.

              I do cook lots of Indian (and Thai) food with whole spices and fresh herbs, in fact I made a great Thai green curry paste from scratch a couple of days ago. I also have some very authentic Indian recipe sites bookmarked (I'll share them below) , it's just that their internal search engines are very limited, hence the Yahoo.

              I found out a few things that I thought might be of value to someone new finding this thread with a similar search. Sadly, it doesn't bode well for the Chicken Mangalorean recipe from Food Network, though it's a perfectly delicous-sounding preparation.

              In the case of Food Network and other western sites with Indian recipes, I like to Yahoo the recipe name for comparison. There are a few chicken mangalorean recipes on indian food sites (I ignore ones from say grouprecipes.com), but they vary a great deal. Some have coconut, some don't. A decent number don't have curry leaves at all. Many use tamarind. The Food Network one doesn't.

              I also found on Food Network the restaurant from which the cited chicken mangalorean recipe originated, and ironically it has closed. Bad sign? I see a few reviews violently panning it, though you know how that goes.


              Anyhow, I then found a website for people from the city of Mangalore, India -- mangalorean.com - with a decent recipe section. The first link I found was for Chicken Sukka, which I haven't Yahooed for verification yet, but it sounds great and uses curry leaves, though just a few.


              I don't yet see a recipe on that site called "Mangalorean chicken" though of course they wouldn't call it that. (My SO told me a story of ordering Indian lunch with colleagues, one of whom was Indian, and someone saying to the Indian guy "We're thinking of ordering Indian food, or, as you would call it, 'food'."


              That all being said, the rice recipe in this thread looks pretty good too and I'll probably make along with that Chicken Sukka, as I will be too worn out to search any more.

              Some of my favorite resources for Indian recipes:

              www.vahrehvah.com - he's brilliant in his videos
              http://food.sify.com - the currently featured recipe is fish head curry
              www.sanjeevkapoor.com - famous Indian chef

              The first 2 of these include recipes submitted by readers, some of which are not specifically for Indian food (they like to cook other cuisines just as we do), but are also not necessarily good or clear so you have to watch out for that a bit. They also both have sections for recipes from experts.

              PS as far as broiling yogurt-marinated chicken, my best luck is to bake the chicken first until 75% done, and then broil it for color a minute or two on each side. Broiling it from the get-go results in consistently burned chicken and 2 smoke alarms going off, fire department visiting, stuff like that.