Indian curry chicken Fiji style. There are so many different styles of curry, this is just another one from the lovely island of Fiji. Our curies are a little different. Please share what you think of it.
Finely chop 1 onion and slice the other onion and set aside.
Combine garlic, serrano chillies, ginger in mortar and pestle and pound until it becomes a paste. Add 1 teaspoon salt to help make paste and so garlic doesn't fly away on you. You can also use a blender, but i find the mortar and pestle makes it more pasty without wasting any flavour from garlic.
Add garam masala, turmeric and some water to the garlic paste and mix to make a curry paste and set aside.Should be a runny consistency.
Heat canola oil in stewing pot.
Add cinnamon stick, mustard seed, cloves, cardamon seeds with shells removed and cummin to pot. Stir until seeds pop.
Add curry leaves. Watch out for oil splatter.
Add finely chopped onions and cook until well browned but do not burn. (The more brown, the more flavor).
Add curry paste and stir for a few minutes until garlic is well browned. Should be a nice yellowish color.
Add chicken and half of sliced onion and a punch of salt. If you are adding chicken stock later on, add less salt.
Stir and let cook until water comes out of chicken.
Cook until water evaporates and fry the chicken until slightly browned approximately 20 minutes for fryer chicken, longer for stewing or freerange.
Stir in remaining sliced onion.
If adding chicken stock add it now and bring to boil. This is great for when you have a cold. This is Indo-fijian chicken soup for the soul.
If you are health conscious, at this point i usually remove the excess fat that floats on top of the curry. Up to you if you want to leave it in, more flavor.
Add chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. Remove from heat.