"For Christ and Spices" -There are some abominations sold in the name of curry powder, mostly famous brand names, but there are also some beautifully fragrant and well balanced ones from small independent producers.Thanks to the availability of fresh spices I rarely need to purchase ready made sauces and pastes.I have also been lucky enough to find an old fashioned grocers shop behind Rossio in Lisbon where you can purchase fresh curry powder, scooped out to your desired weight. It´s fragrance and strong colour took me back to some all too familiar aromas of curries my mother used to cook up when I was a child. I was absolutely right when I actually came to cook with it, its affinity to what mama cooked up was uncanny.Todays good blend is a reminder of yesterday´s past glories.My verdict is just find one that works for you and stick with it.
With a curry powder this good,fragrance rather than heat is of the essence. Mellow,warm and lightly spiced rather than a mind-blowing Hyderabadi biryani,and I opted for a creamy curry rather than a dry one.The addition of apples acted like a muse to the god, it cooled the biryani.For my bit on the side rice was nice.Here´s how I did it....
Creamy curry powder chicken with Apple
4 chicken pieces,2 breasts and two legs
50g(2oz) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons groundnut oil
1 large onion chopped
4 plump cloves garlic finely sliced
2 heaped tablespoons curry powder
2 apples,cored and diced
3050ml (1.5pints) home made chicken stock
100ml double cream