What are the first things that come to your mind when you think of Indian food?
Flavorful, spicy, aromatic, vegetarian are the words popping to me and they are also the reason I am always drawn to Indian cuisine.
I enjoy eating and cooking Indian dishes at home! Chinese food and Indian food share a lot of common spices so a lot of times I can turn my Chinese pantry to Indian pantry immediately. And did I mention that I grew up eating flavorful and spicy food in Sichuan? That just makes me such a natural Indian-food-lover!
So what’s an Indian recipe doing on a Chinese recipe blog?
One of my 2014 New Year resolutions is to cook and share more comfort food from around the world. So for the first post of the year I’ve decided to share my all-time favorite Indian dish called Chicken Vindaloo.
For those of you have not had this dish before, chicken vindaloo is an addicting spicy, sour, and tangy curry dish originated from Portugal. This dish has the word chili written all over the place. The medium thick gravy is packed with all kinds of chili ranging from green chili to dried chili to chili powder to chili paste. It’s a paradise for chili fanatics!
Chicken vindaloo is very popular in the States and served in most of the Indian restaurants I’ve been to. Many people refer this dish as one of the fieriest Indian dishes served on menu but to me this dish is more than just being spicy. I’ve tried a handful of chicken vindaloo from different restaurants and every one does it slightly different.
I prefer my vindaloo spicy enough to make me sweat a little (but not cause any stomach upset) and with a good blend of spices that are not necessarily overwhelming. I know the real deal in Indian (yet to try) doesn’t include any potatoes but I actually love those potato chunks so much I can totally skip the chicken J
If you love spicy and flavorful Indian food, you should definitely try this Chicken Vindaloo dish! Even if you can’t handle much eat, you can still make it mild spicy by decreasing the amount of chili used. Also you can use other kinds of meat such as lamb and beef instead of chicken. You’ll not believe how delicious this is until you try it yourself!
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