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Recipes To Celebrate Diwali

Diwali,  the five day Festival of Lights  which began yesterday, November 3rd, is one of the most important festivals of the year for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. Also known as Divali, both are contractions of Deepavali, or “row of lights;” referring to the ceremony in which small oil or ghee lamps called “diyas” are lit, representing the triumph of Good over Evil.  The lights are kept on during the five days, and the house is cleaned in order to welcome Lakshmi, wife of Vishnu and the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity (including spiritual wealth as well)  and the embodiment of Beauty.

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Tony’s Chicken Korma: A Meal Fit for Two Princesses

Tony’s specialty is pizza which he serves up at his local & organic Magic Oven pizza restaurants. However, Tony reached back to his Indian roots to cook up a much more sophisticated dish–Chicken Korma–which he told us was considered a delicacy because, unlike a straight-up chicken curry,  it features ingredients like cashews, raisins and cream that were traditionally more expensive and harder to come by. Tony patiently teaches his daughters some essential culinary techniques like making a bouquet garni loaded with aromatic Indian Spices and patiently waiting for oil to rise to the top of the dish before declaring it done. The girls were great students, checking in with their dad to make sure they were “doing it right.” And he helped build their confidence by assuring them that they were right on track

The recipe for Tony’s Chicken Korma is right after the video

Tony’s Chicken Korma:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1cup diced tomatoes
  • Whole spices for the bouquet garni- 3 bay leaves, 6 cloves, 6 black pepper corns, 2 cinnamon sticks, 6 green cardamom, 2 black cardamom (wrapped in cheesecloth)
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 4 breasts of skinless boneless chicken diced
  • 1/2 litre cream
  • 1tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp cashews
  • Cilantro for garnish

Method

  • Place a pot on stove top and add oil to cover the surface
  • Heat oil. When oil is heated add onions till they become golden brown
  • Add tomatoes and cook until moisture starts to evaporate and tomatoes become mushy
  • Add chopped ginger and garlic and cheesecloth wrapped bouquet garni
  • Once oil from the sauce rises to surface, add 4 diced skinless boneless chicken breast
  • Continue to sear the chicken and wrap the sauce around the meat. You will be able to tell that it is cooked once the oils rise to the surface
  • Add 1tbsp garam masala and 1 tbsp of cumin powder and reduce heat to medium
  • Gradually add cream
  • Add 1 tbsp of raisins and 1 tbsp of cashews for texture
  • Once chicken is cooked, serve and garnish with a sprig of cilantro

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