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Quick, Simple Family Dinner: Coconut-Lime Chicken Curry

I love getting emails from all of you, especially ones that request help with planning a menu. I’m a big advocate of hosting regular family-style dinner parties, and love to see others do the same.

Recipe for Coconut-Lime Chicken Curry taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

Here is an email I received from Dana a few days ago:


Hi Meena,

I have been following your blog for quite some while now and absolutely love it. You delight my foodie heart! 🙂

I am hosting a family party this weekend (there are around 6-7 of us) and I can’t think of a suitable menu. I’m keen on doing an Indian themed dinner, since we’re all into Indian food big time! I would prefer it to be healthy (with possibly, one “unhealthy” item) and without any naans/parathas/ rotis. I don’t want to sweat it out in the kitchen in this hot weather. If you any suggestions, they are very much welcome. Please help!!

Thanks so  much!

– Dana

Well Dana, what can I say. You spoke to my heart! Whenever I plan a meal for my closest friends or family, I always go for recipes that are simple, wholesome and delicious. Comfort food is definitely a crowd-pleaser, and not to mention pretty easy on the cook too, in most cases. 6 is a nice intimate number for a dinner party, and here is what I suggest:

For appetizers, you can never go wrong by laying out a platter of bite-sized treats. I would pick an assortment of Alu Dahi Puri, Corn Chaat, and Potato Parcels. If you’d like to keep it really simple however, then a tray full of piping hot Samosas served with Chutney will definitely please your guests. Most of these recipes are fairly easy to prepare and the Potato Parcels and Samosas can even be prepped a few days ahead, frozen, and fried fresh to serve. Just remember to thaw them out in the refrigerator overnight though.

For the main course, lay out a buffet to served family-style. My go-to combination always consists of one main curry like, Coconut-Lime Chicken Curry (recipe follows), or Lamb & Potato Curry, or Hot & Sour Fish Curry. Again, all these dishes are a breeze to cook and taste even better a day later. So they are all perfect candidates for cooking a day in advance!

You can then pick any dried vegetarian dish like, Paneer Tak-a-Tak, Baingan Patiala, Masala Mushrooms, or Alu Palak; a lentil/bean dish like, Chana Dal Masala or Chana Masala; and top that off with a side of rice like, Mushroom & Peas Pulao.

Dessert can always be plain good ‘ol ice cream, or something fancier like, Gajar Halwa.

Hope this helps you Dana. I’d love to hear details on your party planning process. Happy cooking!

Coconut-Lime Chicken Curry
Prep time: 10 min | Cooking time: 30 min | Serves: 6

Ingredients:

4 large chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cube
2 medium potatoes, quartered
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cups coconut milk
1-2 dried chillies
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
4-5 green cardamom pods
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
juice of 1 lime
salt & pepper, to taste
2 tbsp light cooking oil

Directions:

Toast dried red chilies, cumin seeds and coriander seeds till fragrant. Grind in a food processor to fine powder and set aside.

Heat oil in a deep pan and saute cinnamon, star anise and cardamom till fragrant. Add in onions and fry for a few minutes till tender and pink.

Add in garlic, ground spices and turmeric, potatoes and fry for a few seconds before adding in coconut milk. Allow it to come to a boil, and then add the chicken pieces.

Season with salt and pepper, and cook covered for 10-15 minutes till chicken is done and potatoes are cooked through, adding water if necessary. Squeeze over lime juice and serve warm.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Nathalie
    February 3, 2014

    5 stars
    This looks lovely and I’m going to give it a go!

    What vegetables would be best for incorporating do you think? I much prefer making one pot things on a week day to doing veg on the side.

  • Reply
    Rima
    September 24, 2013

    5 stars
    I like to read all recipes from ur blog. Its look tempting I going to try this for sure thank you, you make it so easy.

  • Reply
    Praveen Kumar
    August 30, 2013

    5 stars
    Hi Meena,

    This looks quite delicious. Lovely pic

  • Reply
    Olga's Flavor Factory
    August 3, 2013

    5 stars
    Wonderful, definitely looks delicious. Can I substitute coconut milk with light cream? I think that would work with curry too.

    • Reply
      Meena
      August 3, 2013

      Hi Olga, you can definitely substitute coconut milk with light cream; but then you won’t get the coconut flavour and I can’t really vouch for the taste in the outcome. Do try it, and let me know. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Elex
    July 16, 2013

    5 stars
    wow.. it is looking so yummy.. I hope my wife will be able to make it as delicious as it looks.. 😉

  • Reply
    Tiya
    July 12, 2013

    5 stars
    I just tried this recipe of your coconut lime chicken curry and love it. My kids asked for seconds and that rarely ever happens. Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mahek
    July 2, 2013

    5 stars
    Hi Meena,

    The picture of coconut lime chicken curry looks so inviting. And the recipe does not look very complicated to cook, so its a lethal combination of taste and style.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Mahek

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