Curry Chicken With Potato And Spinach is a HIT in my home, especially when we have buss-up-shut (paratha) roti to dip into that rich flavorful gravy and scoop tender pieces of chicken with pieces of potato, in the same motion.
3 lbs chicken (legs with back) cut into pieces
3 tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic (smashed)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon Cumin (geera) seeds
1 teaspoon Anchar Masala
3/4 tablespoonsalt (adjust)
1/2 medium onion (diced)
1 Scotch Bonnet Peppers (chopped)
1 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
2 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1/2 cup water for cooking out the curry
4 large Potato (cut into 1/4 s)
2 cups water to cook the chicken
1/4 lb Baby Spinach (rough chopped)
Note : Please follow along with the video below as I share tips and give reasoning why my technique may differ from other recipes you may encounter. I used an entire Scotch Bonnet pepper in this recipe, but it’s optional or use as much as you can handle. Do remember to wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling such fiery peppers.
Before we get started with the curry element of the dish, may I suggest you peel, chop and boil your potatoes in salted water (about 1/2 teaspoon salt – not mentioned in the list above).
All you have to do is bring the potato to a boil, reduce to a rolling boil and cook until they are about 80% cooked. About 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a wide pan on a medium flame, add the olive oil followed by the diced onion. Take the heat down to low, then add the garlic, cumin seeds, black pepper and scotch bonnet pepper. Cook for 3 minutes.
Now add the Caribbean Green Seasoning and stir well to combine and flavor the entire pot. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the curry powder.
After 3 minutes, add 1/4 cup water and scrape the pan to release any bits stuck to the bottom. Cook for 3-4 minutes to cook out the ‘rawness’ of the curry. (explained in the video below). Be sure to add the Anchar Masala at this point as well. Should you not have Anchar Masala, add the same amount of ground dry roasted cumin instead.
Turn up the heat to medium high to burn off any liquid in the pot (see the image above, I can scrape separation in the pan) , then add your chicken pieces to the pot and stir well to coat with the delightful curry base we created. Add the salt at this point.
Allow it to cook on medium heat for 3 minutes, then add the pre-boiled potatoes and washed baby spinach to the pot. Top with the 2 cups of water and turn the heat up to bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a rolling boil and cook for 10 minutes.
Since we pre boiled the potatoes (I explained why in the video below) we only need to worry about making sure the chicken pieces are fully cooked. In my case my chicken pieces were relatively small, so it was time to wrap up this dish.
Taste and adjust the salt and make sure the gravy’s consistency is to your liking. Do remember it will further thicken as it cools, but should it be overly runny, crank up the heat for a few minutes to burn off some of that liquid.
While we prefer Roti as a side to the wonderful curry… served with steaming rice is also another tasty option. Or do like my eldest daughter and have fun treating it like a thick soup.. drizzled with peppersauce on the top and she’s in her little culinary delight world.