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Chicken Aloo and Viognier

A fragrant dry white is a fast friend to a curry encountered on a culinary mission to Burma

 

Chicken Aloo
Recipe and image from Burma: Rivers of Flavor
by Naomi Duguid

Serves 4
1 small (40 oz) whole chicken,
chopped into 1 1/4-inch pieces,
rinsed 1,135 g
1 cup small shallots 250 mL
1 TBsp salt, or to taste 15 mL
4 medium Roma tomatoes,
cut into thin wedges
1 tsp turmeric 5 mL
1/2 tsp cayenne 2.5 mL
1 tsp brown miso paste 5 mL
2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed
and smashed
1/4 cup peanut oil or
vegetable oil 60 mL
5 cups water 1,185 mL
3 1/2 to 1-inch cubes peeled
4 cups potatoes 945 mL
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
and stems 125 mL
1/2 cup minced scallion greens 125 mL

PLACE the chicken, shallots, salt, tomatoes, turmeric, cayenne, miso and lemongrass in a large heavy casserole. DRIZZLE on the oil and place over medium heat. STIR and turn to mix and to distribute the oil, then COVER and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir and turn to expose more surfaces to the hot pot, cover and cook for a few more minutes. ADD the water, raise the heat and bring to a boil, then lower the heat to maintain a medium boil and COOK, covered, for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and boil, half-covered, until they are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and add salt if needed. SPRINKLE on the chopped coriander and scallion greens, stir and serve.

 

Excerpted from Burma: Rivers of Flavor. Copyright © 2012 Naomi Duguid. Published by Random House Canada. Reproduced by arrangement with the publisher. All rights reserved. 

 

Heavenly
The heady perfume of the Yalumba 2010 Eden Valley Viognier Barossa, Australia $24.95 (954644) displays the essence of the grape variety. The aromatically charged grape is one of the vineyard's peacock varieties — it unabashedly draws attention to itself. But its dry, fresh character on the palate makes it a solid match for exotic dishes like this fragrant curry. Rich, citrusy notes will complement the range of flavours imparted by the lemongrass, coriander and spice. The Yalumba 2011 Organic Viognier South Australia $16.95 (288217) is a lighter, more affordable option that still displays the grape variety's fruity and honeysuckle notes.



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