Jool's Easy Curry

I have a weird relationship with curry.

It’s an obsessive relationship. When I get the craving, I want it all the time. Then there are months when curry doesn’t even cross my mind. Right now, I’m in that obsessive state. And right now, I think I want to perfect the art of making curry. To get started, I sought the advice of a trusted friend, Jamie Oliver (aka “Jamie’s Comfort Food” book); and he directed me to Jool’s Easy Curry. According to Jamie, this curry is a great introduction for those who are quite unfamiliar with the curry-verse. A good point to consider if you’re not crazy about curry like me. and unlike other curry recipes, this is fairly easy to make which is obviously a bonus.

Ingredients you will need (p.s. I revised the recipe a bit since I realized I didn’t have all the ingredients mentioned by Jamie. It was still delicious)

  • 1 onion
  • 1 x 4cm piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 2 tsp. coriander
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp. tomato purée
  • 6 skinless boneless higher-welfare chicken thighs
  • 1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400 g tin lentils
  • 1 x 400 g tin light coconut milk
  • freshly ground black pepper

Step 1: Peel and finely chop the onions, ginger, and garlic. Heat a lug of oil in a large pan over medium heat then add the onions and cook for 8 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the ginger and garlic cook for a further 2 minutes.

Step 2: Mix the 2 tsp. of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and salt together. Add the tomato purée and yoghurt together in a bowl. Slice the chicken thighs in half. Stir everything together and get all the chicken covered in the paste mixture. Scrape everything into the pan, making sure you get all the paste mixture in there. Cook the chicken until you see it start to colour.

Step 3: Add the tinned chopped tomatoes, drained lentils and coconut milk. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.Serve with wholemeal basmati rice.

Well there you have it. Now you can make your own Jool’s Easy Curry. Enjoy and let me know how you like it.