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Surinamese Chicken Curry with Potato filled Roti

15 October 2020

Chicken Roti is a staple dish in our household. The luscious curry sauce is full of flavour and spiced up by cooking a whole Mme Jeanette along with the sauce. But be careful to not burst it open while stirring or it might become too spicy to eat 😉

For a little extra heat I always serve it with a Mme Jeanette pickle, which gives just the right sweet, tangy spiciness to the dish..

Usually I buy the roti pancakes at the toko as I find them quite a hassle to make with with chickpea flour, but I saw a recipe come by the other day to fill the roti with garlic & cumin mashed potato, and I had to try it. Glad I did, super yummy, I must say!

Surinamese Chicken Curry with Potato filled Roti

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Dinner
By Saffron Serves: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes + 1 hour letting dough rest Cooking Time: ±45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Pancake dough & filling:
  • 500 g self raising flour
  • 250 ml water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 g potatoes
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 3-4 garlic gloves, grated
  • Pepper & Salt
  • Curry:
  • 500 g chicken thighs or breasts (see notes)
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp roti garam masala (or homemade)
  • 3 cm grated ginger
  • 500 - 600 g potatoes, peeled and quartered (see notes)
  • 1 Madame Jeanette pepper
  • 300 - 400 ml water
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1-2 maggi stock cubes (optional)
  • 4 eggs
  • 400 g green beans or kousenband (Surinamese long beans)

Instructions

Potato roti pancake (Prep: 30 minutes / let dough rest: 1 hour / Cook: 20 minutes)

1

Mix flour, water, 1 tsp salt and 1 tbsp olive oil and bring together into a dough, as soon as it comes together you’re done, ± 3 minutes. Divide into 4 balls, cover with a tea towel and let rest for 1 hour.

2

Peel and boil the potatoes until done, 15 minutes.

3

When done mash with a potato masher, add in 1 tsp cumin powder and 2 grated garlic cloves. Mix well.

4

When dough has rested for an hour roll out one of the dough balls.

5

Lay a 1/4 of the potato mixture in the middle and fold over the sides so all the potato is encapsuled.

6

Gently roll out the ball again into a pancake, ± 20 cm diameter.

7

Heat a cast iron skillet or a frying pan and add a drop of olive oil.

8

Add the pancake and cook ± 4 minutes on each sides until starting to char.

9

Keep warm on a plate covered by a tea towel.

10

Repeat with the rest of the pancakes.

Chicken curry sauce (Prep: 10 minutes / Cook: 40 minutes)

11

To a heavy based stew pan heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add a chopped onion, sauté until translucent and fragrant. Then add the chopped garlic and minced ginger, sauté for another minute.

12

Add the whole chicken thighs and brown on all sides

13

Add 2 tbsp of your roti spices and make sure all the onions and garlic is coated. Make sure it doesn't burn or it will turn bitter.

14

Add the chopped tomatoes and with the juices scrape all the spicy goodness from the bottom of the pan, sauté for 1-2 minutes.

15

Add the potatoes and enough water to just cover them, the potatoes can be sticking out a bit.

16

Add the stock cube(s) and the Madame Jeanette (leave whole!), bring to the boil and let it all simmer on low heat for 40 minutes (see notes), stirring now and then.

17

Add the potatoes and the Madame Jeanette (leave whole!) and let it all simmer for ±45 minutes (see notes).

18

In the meantime boil your eggs until medium soft (± 7 minutes), rinse under cold water, peel and add to the sauce.

19

Taste and season.

20

Just before serving take out 2-3 potato pieces, mash them up with a fork and add back to the sauce, this will give a lovely texture to the sauce.e.

Madame Jeanette Pickle (5 minutes)

21

Simply chop 2 Madamme jeanettes finely and add to an airtight jar, add 2 tbsp white vinegar and 2 tsp of sugar (caster or palm sugar). This keeps for 2-3 months in the fridge, and like most things, gets better with age.  

Notes

  • The roti sauce is ready when the potatoes are done. Depending on how big you cut your potatoes, it might take a bit longer. Potatoes take longer to cook in sauce than in water. If you want to speed up the process you could par boil the potatoes for 10 minutes in water and then add to finish off in the sauce.
  • You can also slice the chicken in advance if you prefer, but I generally like to keep chicken thighs or breasts whole while cooking and slice / shred at the end, this way the chicken keeps its flavour stays juicy.
  • Curries always taste better the next day, so I would recommend to make this ahead of time or make a bog batch so you have left overs.

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