Sunday, December 14, 2008

Chicken, lentil and barley curry

Hi! I thought I'd share this recipe that my college roommate gave me a while ago. It is one of my favorites to make and have leftovers for lunch at work. It's extra nice on a cold winter day like today too! I did make it today but need to recharge the batteries in my camera, otherwise I'd share a picture. Anyway....

2 tsp olive oil
1 1/4 cup sweet red pepper, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp ginger root, freshly grated (I just use about 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, though it probably isn't the same)
2 tsp curry powder
2 cup water
2 cup canned chicken broth
1 cup carrot, sliced
1/2 cup uncooked barley
3 1/3 oz dry lentils, rinsed and picked over (about 1/2 cup)
8 oz chicken breast, uncooked, boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size chunks
4 1/2 oz frozen kale, chopped (about 1 cup) (I use spinach instead)
1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt (it's good without this topping too)

Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add peppers and onion. Sauté over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger root and curry powder. Cook over low heat 1 minute until fragrant.

Stir in water, broth, carrots and barley and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in lentils. Cover and simmer, stirring once or twice, until barley and lentils are tender, about 30 to 35 minutes. I usually cut up the chicken and kale/spinach at this point.

Stir in chicken and kale; cover and cook until chicken is cooked through and kale is hot, about 5 minutes. Serve yogurt on side to drizzle over top. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving plus 2 tablespoons of yogurt. I don't know why the recipe says how big your servings should be, but not how many total servings it makes. Anyway, when I make it I'll usually have some that day, take leftovers to work a couple of times that week and freeze some for later too.

Anyway, that's it! Hope you like it!


Kate said...

That sounds really good, Ellen! We'll have to try it sometime soon!

Kate said...

That was really good, Ellen! We'll have to try it again sometime soon!