Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Kitty Worries And Another WHB Entry

Do you ever have those days when you feel like you could sleep for a week? Or how about if you could have a masseuse to expertly work the kinks out of your neck and back? Of course, ideally they'd be doing it for free, and there would be no time limit (that ticking clock takes half the fun out of massages - just as you're finally beginning to relax, they're over!). I'm having one of those days, where I can't seem to stop yawning.

And it's mainly because of Ozzy. I'm having kitty worries at home. Nothing too major, but still. He's got a bit of an upset tummy, and has been throwing up for the last 4-5 days, which becomes evident every morning to us. Yup, nice little puddles just waiting for me to accidently step on as I stumble, bleary-eyed out of bed. Yes I know ... "blech". But moms will understand when I say this; your first instinct isn't usually "ewwwww disgusting" ... it's more like "oh noooo, are you okay baby?". And if any of you think it's weird that I'm very maternal with my cat, erm, welcome to my blog! 'Tis how it is! So anyway, the funny thing about cats is that throwing up occasionally is pretty normal, and cats usually recover immediately. But this time it's more prolonged than I'd like, so I've been worried. The good news is that the little guy seems perfectly normal today. I also spoke to his vet and we have a decent plan of action. So here's to hoping that the next few days see Ozzykins back to his regular, bratty self!

When you have vet visits thrown into the already hectic mix of grocery shopping, library, working out, office assignments (ugh), paying bills (quadruple ugh) ... it doesn't leave you with a lot of time to get gourmet in the kitchen. That's when you really appreciate the simple, mid-week recipes that you've relied on time and again - something that you can throw together without thinking about it too much, but can still pack a real flavor punch. Because of all the fresh herbs I use to freshen up this Chicken Qorma, I'm submitting it to this week's Weekend Herb Blogging round-up, hosted by Chriesi at Almond Corner - you should see the magic she's worked on some fresh arugula for her own submission to this event!

Chicken Qorma Lite (mainly following Fauzia's delicious recipe)
Serves 4+


1.5 lbs chicken, skinless and cut into pieces
2 tbsp canola/vegetable oil
2 medium onions, sliced
2-3 small green chillies, chopped
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped plus more for garnish
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish
2 tbsp shredded coconut
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground coriander seeds
1.5 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tsp ginger paste
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup plain yogurt, whipped
1.5 cups water


1. Marinate the chicken with the salt, turmeric powder, garam masala, coriander powder, ginger and garlic for half an hour.
2. Heat the oil on medium-high and saute the onions till golden.

3. Then add in the marinated chicken pieces, plus red chilli powder, and stir-fry for about 5 mins.

4. To this, add in the green chillies, yogurt and sprinkle on the shredded coconut and stir about for another 1-2 mins.

5. Pour in the water and throw in the mint leaves and cilantro. Bring the whole mixture to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium, cover and let it simmer for 15 mins.

6. Remove the chicken pieces from the pot and keep them aside. Turn the heat off. Use your immersion blender to whiz the sauce till smooth (well, almost).
7. Add the chicken back to the sauce, turn the heat back on high and reduce the sauce till it gets to the consistency you like - another 5 mins or so (I like it saucy, because I'm that kind of gal). Garnish with more mint and cilantro and serve with white rice or hot rotis.

Verdict: This recipe is actually much lighter than the Chicken Qorma you've had in desi restaurants or at parties. And the significant amount of mint and cilantro that's added in during the cooking process (rather than just as a garnish) really freshens up the flavor and adds to the aroma. You'll also like the hint of coconut in there. When I first started making this, I wouldn't blend the sauce, but that left the texture a bit gritty because of the shredded coconut. Once I blended it though, that problem was eliminated and the whole sauce just had a more cohesive flavor. Overall, a very reliable and simple recipe.


catherine @ www.unconfidentialcook.com said...

You're right, I love the coconut addition. I bet this is really good!

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh..sorry for Ozzy..Glad that hes good now..:)
The khorma looks yum with flavorful herbs..I love Cilantro..:)

Suparna said...

Hi Muneeba,
Poor Oozy :( had to go through a upset tummy, glad that he's getting better.I totally agree with u on the maternal instinct towards pets...and they deserve it completely :)
And wow muneeba what an idea to blend the sauce brilliant!shall try ur version of chicken quorma. Thanks for the recipe.
Wishing a Speedy recovery to Oozy!

Sweetie Pie said...

Your poor kitty. I'm sorry Ozzykins isn't feeling well, but glad that things seem to be improving! Having a sick kitty is no fun.

Could you e-mail me some of that chicken? I wish. That looks amazing, and I can only imagine how great it smells!

Muneeba said...

Thks ladies for your gracious best wishes for my Ozzy - he seems to be going ok today (no overnight barfing!), so I'm optimistic.
Yes Catherine, I think the coconut is a great flavor component here - glad we agree :)

Valisa said...

whoa this looks good. Going into my must try box :-)

Valisa said...

this looks good and definitely going to my must try box :-)

Screamin' Mama said...

Yummm..love Indian! This is one of my favourite dishes.

Yasmeen said...

Hope ozzy feels all better soon,sure is a restless feeling to have a sick loved one.
The spicy qorma is such a delish side with parathas,I'm all hungry.thankfully I also made some meat today:)

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMM......Muneeba, this chicken dish sounds really lovely!! Yum! I love making Indian dishes from scratch, I love Korma's! Great job, Muneeba!

Deeba PAB said...

Just made Mom's ole simple chicken korma, but am gonna try your light one next time. That's a new twist to korma. Never had one with greens in it! mmmmmmmmm; I think I'm a 'that kind of gal too'!!