Thai Chicken Curry

Serves : 4

175g (6oz) open mushrooms
6 spring onions
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, about 125g (4 ½ oz) each
1 tblsp olive oil
4 level tsp thai red or green curry paste
150ml (¼ pt) water
2 tblsp light soy sauce
400ml (2/3 pt) can coconut milk
Salt and ground black pepper
Fresh coriander to garnish

Step One : Wipe the mushrooms clean with damp kitchen paper. Cut each mushroom in half, then each into four.

Step Two : Trim 6 spring onions just above root end then peel away outer layer. Cut off the dark green leaves. Cut diagonally into 5mm slices.

Step Three : Using a small sharp knife, and working on the cutting board, cut 4 chicken breasts and fillets into bite size pieces.

Step Four : Heat 1 tblsp oil and 4 tsp curry paste in a large frying pan. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes.

Step Five : Pour in the water, the soy sauce and the contents of the can of coconut milk and bring to the boil, stirring to mix thoroughly.

Step Six : Stir in the mushrooms, spring onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 8 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Serve garnished with coriander.


Squash and Spinach Curry

This recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine (August 2017) and taken from The Good Gut Guide by Liz Earle.

This veg curry contains metabolism-boosting herbs and spices.

1 butternut squash, halved, peeled, deseeded and cubed
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
5 cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 tblsp garam masala
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander seeds, ground
1 tsp ground fenugreek
1 tblsp tomato puree
125g ground almonds
500ml hot vegetable stock
400ml can coconut milk (unsweetened)
200g spinach
1-2 tblsp home-made kimchi, cabbage or green beans, finely chopped

For the Raita:
4-5 tblsp Greek yogurt
1/2 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthways, deseeded and finely chopped
Handful of fresh mint leaves finely chopped

Serves : 4

Step One : Preheat the oven to 200oC / 400oF / Gas Mark 6. Put the squash into a roasting tin, add half the oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss together, then roast for about 20-30 minutes until golden and tender. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Step Two : While the squash is cooking, heat the remaining oil in a large, lidded pan. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes and season well, then add the garlic and cook for a few seconds more. Stir in the spices and cook for a few more minutes, then stir through the tomato puree. Tip in the ground almonds and stir well, to coat.

Step Three : Pour in the stock and coconut milk and stir on a low heat until smooth. Simmer, lid on, for about 20-30 minutes, topping up with a little hot water as it thickens. Adjust the seasoning as needed, then add the squash and spinach and stir till the spinach has wilted. Stir in the kimchi and heat through, then remove from the heat.

Step Four : To prepare the raita, mix the yogurt, cucumber and mint and season to taste. Serve alongside the curry.

Chicken Korma

Serves:  4;  Prep:  20 mins;  Cook:  40 mins;  Cals per portion:  267

This simple curry dish is mildly spicy with a delicious creaminess

Ingredients:  1 tsp/5ml cumin seeds; 1 tsp/5ml coriander seeds; 10 cardamom pods; 3 tbsp/45ml vegetable oil; 6 large boneless chicken thighs, halved; 2 large onions, sliced; 4 cloves garlic, crushed; 2 in/5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated; 2 in/5cm cinnamon stick; 1/4 tsp/1.25ml turmeric; 10 cloves; 1/2 pt/300ml chicken stock; 2 tsp/10ml cornflour; 4 tbsp/60ml double cream; salt and pepper; 1 tbsp;/15ml chopped fresh coriander

  • Lightly crush cumin, coriander and cardamom using a pestle and mortar.  Heat the oil in a pan.  Add chicken and fry, stirring for 2 minutes. Add onions, garlic, ginger, spices and stock and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, then bring to boil.  Cover and simmer gently for 40 minutes, until tender.
  • Mix cornflour with 1 tbsp/15ml liquid from pan and stir into curry.  Simmer for 1 minute, stir in cream, seasoning and fresh coriander and heat for 1 minute.  Serve with rice.