There was a time that I hated curry. In fact I would not touch it with a 10 foot pole. The first time that I tried chicken curry I was 22 or 23 years old living in Washington, DC. I worked close to Le’fant Plaza which has a sort of underground food court. It was on the “specials board” at one of the sandwich shops, so I thought I would give it a try. It wasn’t cool….in fact I thought it was disgusting. I don’t remember what it was about this chicken curry that was such a turn off but I remember being seriously perplexed that my co-worker was scarfing it down like it was a fillet Mignon covered in butter.
Shortly after that experience I moved into a highrise apartment with a girlfriend right outside of DC. We had some Indian neighbors down the hall and I remember countless times getting off of the elevator and the hallway was engulfed with the smell of curry and it would just make me cringe. It was just one of the benefits of living in stacked boxes in a metropolitan city. Not to mention the community washers and dryers, lugging groceries in elevator and hitting the ceiling with a broom stick at the noisy neighbors. Man I miss those days!
Like the corners of my miiiiiiiiiind
Misty water-colored meeeeeeeemories
Of the waaay we werrrrreee………
Back to present day……
I don’t know if I just didn’t like that particular curry or if my tastebuds have evolved, but man, how times have changed. Now I smell curry and it makes me feel all warm inside. When I eat it I need a bib and some how manage to get some on my nose and forehead from licking the plate. Looking back I now know why my co-worker was scarfing it down like battered and deep fried candy bar. (Have you heard of these?)
This was our dinner on Monday. Unfortunately I left the one and only flash card that I can currently find at the office. My other card is MIA. Which is so annoying because it is the 4G card. Grrrr! The picture that you see here is was taken last night. That’s right these are 2 day old leftovers and let me tell you it was even better then the first day. All the flavor had melded together. There had been some serious osmosis going on. I totally licked the plate again and got some in my hair.
This dish is creamy and sweet, with a some heat of course. The pineapple chunks are little sweet surprise nuggets that don’t only add flavor but texture, along with the peppers and carrot. Oh, and although the cilantro is a “garnish”, I say it’s a must. When you get a bit of cilantro it gives the flavor another dimension of sorts. You taste the cilantro but it’s not over powering, it’s almost citrusy. If that makes sense?
*sluuuurrrrp, sluuuurrrp* *licking computor monitor* Oops my bad, I got a little overwhelmed with the tasty looking dish.
Let break it down….shall we?
Coconut & Pineapple Chicken Curry over Rice Noodles (Serves 4)
Heat large pot at medium-high heat, add oil, onions, garlic and ginger, saute till onion is tender.
Add chicken, bouillon and curry. Stir till chicken is well coated and browned. Add coconut milk and pineapple, bring to a boil and then turn down to medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add carrots, red pepper and cilantro, simmer an additional 5 minutes.
Prepare noodles according to package.
Serve chicken curry hot over noodles, garnish with cilantro.