Food to Warm the Heart

As the cooler months set in here it’s time to break out the curries, stews and soups. There is nothing better than a nutritious curry that offers a balance of fats, carbs and protein whilst also providing anti inflammatory powers and gut healing.
My chicken curry is a household favourite in winter and gets better as the days go by. It basically becomes a weekly fridge staple.

Chicken Curry

 

curry

Make in a hurry to have in time for dinner or pop in the slow cooker for the day so it’s ready when you get home after a busy day.

 

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

700 grams free range Chicken (breasts and thighs) cut into squares
2 Carrots sliced

1 Zucchini sliced

1 Eggplant diced

1/2 doz Okra pods whole or sliced

½ Cauliflower –cut into large floret bunches

10-20 long green beans

200ml of Bone Broth

200ml thick Coconut Cream

1 Bunch of Coriander to serve

 

 

Curry Paste (I make up the dry ingredients and keep in a jar to use all year round)

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp turmeric powder (or grated fresh turmeric)

½ tsp ground coriander seeds

1 tsp grated ginger

¼ tsp ground cloves

6 cardamom pods smashed
5-10 activated cashews
½ tsp Himalayan salt

A few grinds of pepper

½ tsp chilli (I used fermented chilli sauce)
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Pre heat oven to 150c for a slow cook or set slow cooker to low

 

In a food processor, whiz up the Curry paste.
In a cast iron pan, put paste in and heat on high until aromatic (I find this releases the flavours of the spices.
Add Coconut oil & Chicken pieces and toss to cover in paste and seal
Add Bone broth and bring to simmer

Add all vegetables but Zucchini and Beans and Okra

If cooking to eat now…..

Simmer for 20 mins  (liquid will reduce a little)

Add remaining vegetables and simmer for 10 mins
Turn heat off, add coconut cream

For slow cooker and oven…..

Add all veggies but Zucchini, Beans and Okra

Add Coconut Cream
Pop lid on pot and cook in oven for 3 hours or slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours

After the time is up turn off heat, add remaining vegetables and leave lid on for 20 minutes.
Serve with coriander and fermented chillies on a bed of zoodles, spaghetti squash or sweet potato spirals. Or enjoy as is.
This makes the best royal breakfast too. There will be plenty to feed a family of 5 or smaller with leftovers.

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