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A Real Pantry Challenge!

Chicken with Curry and Lime

Serves 2.

Time requirement: 25 minutes.

What you will need:

This recipe is a challenge because it asks for items that may not be in tour the pantry. Besides a nice curry powder, you need ground asafetida, ground combava (kaffir lime powder), and pomegranate molasses. If you acquire these items, I am certain will find other uses for these flavor building ingredients.

12-16 ounces of boneless, skinless, chicken thighs or breast cut into long thin strips suitable for stir fry.

2 tablespoons of light olive oil.

1 teaspoon roasted sesame oil.

½ teaspoon ground combava. See note at the end of the recipe to replace this item.

½ teaspoon ground asafetida.

½ teaspoons ground roasted cumin.

1 ½ teaspoon of curry powder. (There is a recipe for curry powder in the chapter Building Blocks).

A garlic clove put through a garlic press.

½ cup plain yogurt.

2 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses.

Boiled rice to accompany. (There is a recipe for boiled rice in the chapter Building Blocks).


Place the olive and sesame oils in a 10-inch frypan. Add ½ teaspoon each ground asafetida, combava (kaffir lime powder), ground roasted cumin, and 1½ teaspoon of curry powder. Heat until the spices are fragrant and sizzling in the oil. Add the chicken. Toss, stir, and otherwise move the chicken in the pan for 5 minutes. Add the garlic. Add yogurt and pomegranate molasses. Toss and stir for 2 minutes.

Turn off heat. Cover and let rest 2 minutes. Serve over rice.

While different, but equally good, if there is no combava powder, replace it with the zest of one lime.

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