Awesome Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe

This is my own style of making spicy chicken curry.

Marinade:

  • 1lb boneless chicken breast cut into small pieces (~1 in pieces)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt (or as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 0.5 tsp Garam Masala
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1  small piece of ginger minced (~.5 oz)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and keep overnight in the fridge

Tomoto Puree:

  • 3 big roma tomatos
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1  small piece of ginger minced (~.5 oz)

Put everything in a blender and make the puree

Curry:

  • 3 big red onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Salt (or as per taste)
  • 2 tbsp Meat Masala
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Canola Oil (4 tbsp or 0.25 cup)
  • Cilantro Chopped (0.5 cup)

Saute onions in oil until golden brown. Then add marinated chicken one piece at a time (if you put all at the same time then they won’t saute well).

After all chicken pieces are lightly sauteed, add Salt, Meat Masala, Red Chili Powder and Garam Masala. Stir.

Add tomato puree and let it cook well. Keep stirring from time to time. Two ways you can tell tomatos are cooked – taste should not be like raw tomatos and you should see oil separating out.

Let it simmer for 1 hour.

Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.

Transit in ORD?

If you have a transit in ORD, be sure to check its close enough to your arriving gate. As an example, I arrived at gate L4 which is in terminal 3. My connection to SFO was in terminal 2 gate C27. It’s very very far from L4. With only 25 mins between transit, I walked half way and ran the other half, and still couldn’t get there on time. Therefore, prefer to have the next flight close enough. If you fly American think twice before choosing United as next flight if you have very little in between flight time as United terminals are far. It was a lesson learned for me…

Fort Wayne International Airport

Fort Wayne International Airport is a small airport that provides regional connectivity to next bigger airports or hubs such as Chicago. When you arrive at the airport you can park at short term parking which is free for first 30 mins. There is also long term parking although I don’t know the rates for that. Being a small airport, expect short TSA lines.  During my last trip I was the only person in the line. As usual, be sure to take out laptop and the liquids and put in a separate bin at the checkpoint. Inside there are couple of foo – Sam Adams Brewhouse and Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop. Terminals 1 to 4 are on the first floor and 5 to 8 are in second. Gates are rather small. Inside there’s a small air museum which is pretty neat display of American air history. My last experience flying out of Fort Wayne was less than pleasant though as the flight was delayed by ~2 hours. It’s probably not the fault of the airport but more of the airlines – American – but still it may be a wiser choice to fly out from a bigger airport in case of time crunch.