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Hello! It’s An and I’m here to talk about the Badami Chicken recipe from Addicted to Curry. I’m extremely new to this genre of manga, and after trying a couple recipes I think I’ll pick up a few to read. Badami Chicken is an Indian curry that usually uses almonds as one of its main ingredients.

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I don’t know how many this recipe feeds, but usually I will cook a pound of chicken at a time. Since that was the case, I just doubled up the rest of the ingredients for this recipe.

First, I gathered all the ingredients, then cut the chicken into bite sized pieces (don’t forget to cut off the fat!). Around this time I started cooking my rice or noodles.

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Waiting to change color…

I used sesame oil instead of salad (?) oil. I’m assuming salad oil is like a vegetable oil. I like using olive or sesame because of the fragrance. Next, I heated the bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and peppers until the bay leaves changed color like the recipe calls. I also used crushed red peppers instead of actual peppers. I can gauge how spicy I want things..and for this recipe I wanted to start out mild.

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Onions…..bleh

Next I added in the onions and curry powder. Both the boyfriend and I DO NOT like onions…so I chopped them real big and sautéed them. That way when I’m finished with the recipe I can pick them out easier.

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Have everything ready to toss in the pot!

Once the onions are sautéed, I added in the chicken and raised the heat. After a couple minutes, added my water, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds. I cooked until the chicken is tender but not all the way cooked or the chicken would have been too tough.

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Low heat!

While the chicken was cooking, I lightly toasted the almonds and cashews. Try not to toast them at too high of heat or for too long or they will burn! Once the chicken was ready, I added the toasted nuts and raisins. The recipe says to cook it briefly because if cooked too long, the food loses it’s fragrance…It was definitely a fragrant dish.

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Smells really good!!

and voila! After picking out the unedibles (bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, onions…) here is the result! It tasted pretty decent. Even the boyfriend kinda liked it (coming from someone who has no interest in curry).

Cons: I think I should have seasoned the chicken somehow before adding it to the mix. I felt like it was missing some other kind of flavor/ingredient.

Pros: The chicken with the almonds and cashews. It definitely added flavor. The raisins surprisingly added a yummy flavor as well. It was a pretty easy recipe to take on.

Leftover review: I tried the chicken again with noodles! Sure the nuts and raisins were soggy, but the chicken ended up absorbing more flavor! Win win??!?

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Curry noodles!

 

Overall: Pretty easy recipe to cook. It’s a mild curry dish for the ones who are afraid of spice. If you are hungry, a little goes a long way for this dish. The nuts and chicken will fill you up especially if you are eating with rice or noodles :)

3 servings based off manga recipe
400 calories, Fat 25 grams, Cholesterol 46mg, Sodium 73mg, Potassium 417mg, Carbohydrates 24g, Fiber 4g, Sugar 10g, Protein 26g

Addicted to Curry's Badami Chicken
Serves 3
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Ingredients
  1. Salad oil - about 3 tablespoons
  2. Bay leaves - 2
  3. Red Peppers - 2
  4. Cinnamon sticks - 2cm
  5. Onion - 1
  6. Chicken - 400g
  7. Curry Powder - 1 tablespoon
  8. Salt - 1 teaspoon
  9. Sesame seeds - 3/4 tablespoon
  10. Poppy seeds - 1/2 tablespoon
  11. Water - 200mL
  12. Fresh cashews - 1/2 cup
  13. Fresh almonds - 1/2 cup
  14. Fresh raisins - 1/4 cup
Instructions
  1. Remove skin and fat from chicken and cut into bite size pieces
  2. Place oil, bay leaves, peppers, and cinnamon sticks into a pot and heat. When bay leaves change color, add finely diced onions and sautée.
  3. When onions turn golden brown, add curry powder and salt. Once you mixed all the ingredients, add the chicken and quickly increase the heat.
  4. Add the sesame and poppy seeds and 200 mL of water and cook until chicken is tender.
  5. In a separate pan, sautée the almonds and cashews. It's easy to scorch the nuts so cook at low heat and only cook until you can smell the fragrance rising.
  6. Once the chicken is tender, add the sautéed nuts along with raisins.
  7. Cook briefly and once everything settles, the dish is ready!
Notes
  1. Be careful not to cook for too long after adding the nuts or it will begin to lose its fragrance.
Adapted from Addicted to Curry
Adapted from Addicted to Curry
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