The Hindu celebration of Diwali, or the Festival of Lights has just wrapped up for 2014. As a Canadian, Diwali’s message of good over evil and hope over despair could not have been more timely. Diwali also celebrates the time of the harvest, and is what inspired me to change up my everyday chicken curry into this dish, slightly spicy and full of the flavours of a Nova Scotia autumn, apples and butternut squash.
My Harvest Madras Chicken Curry
- 1 lb boneless/skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup diced red pepper
- 1 cup butternut squash, cut into small cubes
- 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped (I used canned, stewed tomatoes)
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas (if using canned, rinse well and drain)
- 2 tbsp Patak’s Madras Curry Paste
- 1 400ml can Blue Dragon Coconut Milk
- 1 medium apple, washed and cut into small cubes
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- Salt & Pepper to taste
In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the chicken breast in 1 tbsp of the oil. Once the chicken is browned, remove and set aside, it will finish cooking later. In the same pot, add the remaining oil and sauté the onions, red pepper and squash, until slightly softened and fragrant. Add in the Patak’s Madras Curry Paste and continue cooking for another minute or so, letting all of the spices warm and also become fragrant. Add the chopped tomatoes, chickpeas and then the can of coconut, stirring well, then add back the chicken. Allow the curry to simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Add the chopped apple, check for salt & pepper and then let simmer another minute or two. Serve the curry on steamed rice and garnish with the chopped cilantro.
This is the start of my second year as a Patak’s Canada ambassador and as I continue my education in Indian cuisine and culture, I fall in love with it even more. Also, Patak’s has just launched a new Tumblr at http://goodkorma.ca. Here you will find delicious new recipes that mix in a taste of India, as well as the more traditional favourites… just another way Patak’s is helping to #SharetheLight this season.
Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada ambassador program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.