January 12, 2013

National Curried Chicken Day

national curried chicken day, steff deschenes
“Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull." - C. Northcote Parkinson

It's National Curried Chicken Day!

The best chicken curry I've ever had was at Redfort in Overton (outside of Basingstoke), England. The first time my friends took me there the staff rushed out to greet our crew with big smiles, gave us the best seats in the house, then flooded our table with food and drinks (my friends were serious regulars here). The folks I was living with heard about how much I loved it, and made me a homemade chicken curry and mango chutney a few weeks later. My love of Indian food was really developed during that time (so was my love of Coleman’s mustard, sharp cheeses, and bolognese sauce).

Curry comes from the Tamil word “kari” – a stir-fry dish with many spices. Indian curry is made with garam masala, which typically includes cloves, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, ginger, black and white peppercorns, and a variety of cardamom pods.

There are lots of ways to celebrate today – you can make your own curry from scratch which isn't that difficult, buy a pre-made jar of the sauce (many are VERY delicious), or find your own version of a “Redfort” and eat like a queen.

Happy National Curried Chicken Day!