Cocooned, self-isolating, looking for a treat, in this improving weather a chicken curry can be light and just right. Easy to make, there are plenty of recipes online and in cookbooks.
Try mixing 2tsp curry spices (ginger, turmeric, cumin, chilli), juice of half a lemon or lime with 1tbsp peanut or other nut butter. Slide under the skin of chicken before roasting. Also try rubbing curry spices on chicken pieces, add coconut milk or a can of tomatoes and cook gently on the hob, lid on, for 30 minutes.
If you still feel like a treat, call to local restaurants which have stayed open to do takeaways and local shops which continue to stock delicious food. They are offering a terrific service, especially to those who are providing vital care for patients in hospital or at home.
It seems many still don’t appreciate what they are all doing. A simple ‘thank you’ would make all the difference.
Before the crisis we tasted supermarket offerings, and later included independent food outlets as an example of the excellent dishes they are delivering or providing with call-and-collect services.
When all of this is over, remember to support the local businesses which supported us during the crisis.
The Cinnamon Cottage Thai green curry380g - €5.95
This shop is providing perhaps the best service in Cork with home deliveries and ‘four in the door’ shopping in its Rochestown, Cork, outlet. Delicious curry uses Irish chicken, green curry paste, softened by Thai coconut cream, kaffir lime leaves, chilli, with red and yellow pepper, courgettes and peas. Tasters wanted more. Gluten free. Ring 021-4894922, 9.30am-12.30pm for same-day delivery.
Green Saffron Hyderbadi Korma510ml - €9
Tasty and plump Irish free-range chicken thigh meat sits in a tomato base with coconut milk, onions, a hint of ginger and spices, cider vinegar, thickened slightly with coconut flour and with a gritty bite of blitzed ginger. The effect is full flavoured, gently spiced, slightly sweet deliciousness. Tasters approved.
Order to collect from Neighbourfood.ie. Ring 021-463 7960 or 085-118 2219 for other delivery options.
Dockland Thai curry520g - €14
Plenty of Thai flavours here of lemongrass and kaffir with a satisfying kick of chilli smoothened out by its base of creamy coconut milk. There are substantial chunks of green and yellow peppers too. This portion for two includes basmati rice (not counted in weight) and tasters loved it. This takeaway service has an inviting menu. From City Quarter Lapps Quay, Cork. Order from Twitter @docklandcork and 021- 4273987 for Friday and Saturday deliveries.
Aldi hot jalfrezi450g - €2.49
Spices are a little harsh and lacking subtlety, but the tomato base with green peppers helped and most tasters liked it. Good long grain rice.
Tesco Finest Jalfrezi450g - €4.50
Plenty of plump tomato in the base, chicken tender though lacking flavour, but not dry, with warm, interesting, spicing with some chilli. Made from British chicken, (unlike its Thai red curry which has chicken from Thailand which in the past has been at the centre of controversy). Pilau rice is included.
SuperValu Thai curry700g - €6.49
With a separate tray of rice attached, there are plenty of chunks of Irish chicken with some toothsome shredded vegetables. The sauce is creamy with a slight spicy kick. Made in house at Quish, Ballincollig, Cork.
Marks & Spencer Count on Us Chicken Jalfrezi400g - €4.70
An interesting blend of spices, including star anise, nutmeg and chilli, with pulpy tomatoes and red peppers and low-fat yogurt added for creaminess. Comes with basmati rice. Tasters approved.
Dunnes Baxter & Greene Tikka Masala540g - €7.50
Chicken breast (origin not specified) is not flavoursome and Dijon mustard and paprika are an odd addition to the tomato base. However, more usual in a Tikka Masala are onion, garam masala, lemongrass, turmeric, fenugreek.There are sweet potato and carrots too. The lack of flavour in the chicken is not compensated for by the mild spicing, but pleasant for some tasters.