A Taste of the World: Curried chicken & fried plantains
You may have seen me out in the quad last week with a sign saying "Come talk to me about food!" You may have even walked right passed me as I yelled, "Cook with me! Give me your recipes!" And you probably thought I was totally insane.
I'm not actually insane, rather, like many students at SMC, I'm just hungry.
I love food so much, I think I might be capable of eating more than my actual body weight.
The only thing I love as much as food is cooking it. Sure, I could walk down the street and buy something for cheap, but where's the fun in that?
This semester, with inspiration from SMC's Global Citizenship Food Theme, I am going to cook a new ethnic recipe each week, reporting back to you on my success or even failure.
Do you want to cook with me? Great, I'm buying! Do you have an incredible traditional family dish that will make me weep it's so delicious? Come find me in the newsroom, I'll bring the tissues.
To start this series off, I went Jamaican this week, with an excellent Curried Chicken and Fried Plantains recipe from SMC student Nahalia Samuels.
This traditional Jamaican dish took about an hour to make and had an awesome kick of spice when it was finished. The recipe may seem complicated, but aside from a lot of chopping, its fairly easy to make. So sharpen your knives and get out your measuring cups, its time to cook!
6 pieces of skinless chicken
1 sweet white onion
1 sweet brown onion
1 green pepper (core to remove seeds)
3 garlic cloves
1 cup of white flour
2 tbsp curry powder
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp seasoning salt
2 cups of water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 ripe plantains
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Peel & coarsely chop onions and garlic
Core green pepper, remove seeds and coarsely chop pepper
Cut lemon in half
Mix 2 tbsp of curry powder in 2 cups of water in a bowl
In the sink, wash meat with half a lemon by squeezing the juice onto meat and rubbing it in
Rinse meat with cold water
Place the meat in a large mixing bowl
Rub seasoning salt and white pepper onto the meat
Gently massage onions, garlic and green pepper into the meat
Squeeze half a lemon over the meat
Coat all chicken pieces with the flour
Place a frying pan on a stove-top over medium heat with a 1/2 cup of oil
Fry the chicken in the pan for about 8-10 minutes or till the chicken has a brown color
Keep chicken in frying pan while draining off excess oil into a waste bowl
Clean any oil that may have spilled on the outside of pan before placing back onto the flame
Pour water and curry powder mix over the meat, cover the pan, reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 30-45 mins
In a frying pan heat the oil over a medium flame
Cut both ends off of plantains and remove entire outer skin
Slice the banana like stacked poker chips or like strips of bacon
Place plantains in the hot frying pan with oil and cook both sides until golden brown
Place cooked banana on a paper towel or on a flat strainer to drain excess oil