Curry-ish chicken stewed with beetroot

A couple of weeks ago, Emily stopped by my blog and commented on the beetroot salad post with a suggestion to use the beetroot in a stew — I’ve finally gotten around to trying it.

I was a bit nervous about the red colour. I would have been fine with it but I didn’t think my husband would find it appetizing.

cutting up the pre-boiled chicken

I decided to make it curry-ish so that it wouldn’t be too red. I added turmeric powder, knowing that the yellow pigment in it would help to counter the red pigment in the beetroot — aiming for a nice curry stew colour! It was a hit! (^_^) Thanks Emily!

Who knew those colour theory classes would be useful in the kitchen! (^_^)   

chopped onions, grated garlic and grated ginger in the pot with some cooking oil
add two bay leaves
when the onions soften add the chicken pieces, stir
then add 1 tablespoon of turmeric, and 2 teaspoons of coriander powder
then add a cup of chicken stock and stir. If you don’t have stock, water will do just fine
added in half a beetroot, grated
squeeze in the tomatoes! Before I started, I put a couple of tomatoes in boiling water for a few minutes to soften them. I then press them through a sieve to get the puree. I do this instead of using tomato paste. You could also just chop the tomatoes in.
Don’t forget to salt! (^_^). Let it simmer on low heat till all the flavours meld together nicely. Also let it reduce so the the sauce thickens.


Husband Rating: ★★★★★★★★½☆

Oh it was tasty! We had it with plain white rice that night. Next time I’m using more beetroot for sure and reducing some of the spices. I think it would be awesome in that bright red colour. Maybe serve it with ugali instead of rice?

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One thought on “Curry-ish chicken stewed with beetroot

  1. i really like this recipie and have to try someday.and the tumeric did counter the red of beetroot just fine.oh, and i have plenty of bay leaves was wondering what to do with them!thanks!!


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