Navratan Korma ~ A Typical New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve was typical, with stolen kisses and pints of cider, followed by a compulsory Rorschach Test.
There was also a rather festive curry for lunch.
Despite its relatively minor role earlier in the day, it was the curry that rounded out the evening: Chicken and Vegetable Korma with Optional Paneer was one of Sister Madly’s responses to the Rorschach Test.
Which was the wrong answer, by the way. Oh, so wrong.
Still, it was considered no more deviant than her initial response of ‘the wallpaper at Dot’s’- which, incidentally, was her first response to every card. She has a thing for that wallpaper.
Not the wallpaper at Dot’s. Not a power button.
Most definitely not Chicken and Vegetable Korma
with Optional Paneer.
As it is now the New Year and the rest of the night is something of a blur, one can only assume that the evening ended with the same pomp and circumstance: a brisk 3 AM stroll across the room, out the back window and into the fog- with the Professors in pursuit.
But one can only assume.
NAVRATAN KORMA w/ PANEER
- oil/butter/ghee (for sauteing)
- 2 tsp ginger powder
- 2 tsp coriander
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1½ tsp cumin
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1 can coconut milk
- 3-5 gloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1 yellow pepper, sliced
- 2 chili peppers, chopped – OR – 7 oz. can *
- 1 large carrot, sliced
- 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup peas
- 4 chicken thighs, cubed (opt)
- Paneer, pan fried and cut into chunks (opt)
(Sister Madly often uses frozen veggies- lazy, but no less tasty.)
* to up the insanity, sub jalapeno. With the seeds.
Sauté onion and garlic in oil or butter til onion is translucent – 5 min or so
Add spices, chilies and veggies, stir to combine
Add chicken (if using) and coconut milk – bring to a boil
Reduce heat & simmer until chicken and veggies are cooked – 25 min or so
Add Cream and Paneer (if using) heat for 5 minutes to absorb flavors
POST’S THEME SONG: Venus in Furs, Velvet Underground*
*Do not sing this during Rorschach Test. Just don’t.