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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Curried Kumquat Cabbage Stir Fry

Sometimes, out of the most bizarre combinations come the most divine concoctions. This recipe, made first when I had an overabundance of kumquats in my house that were going to spoil if they weren't eaten quickly, is no exception. I'd been sitting on this recipe for a while now, its pictures only rediscovered when I was decluttering my camera of its thousands of files yesterday.
The inspiration for this recipe was a curried carrot sauerkraut I had made before and tasted delightful with chicken. Until then, I had never thought to combine sweet and sour with curry. It is quite a superb combination.
This recipe is my favorite of all my foods I've ever concocted. Its worth a try. And if you've got no kumquats- see the variations at the end.

Curried Kumquat Cabbage Stir Fry


Some of the ingredients
Ingredients
1/2  head of purple cabbage, cut into thin strips
2 cups of kumquats, sliced
1 grated zucchini
1 onion, chopped
1-2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
1-3 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp- 1 tbsp sugar
salt- to taste
lemon juice- to taste

Instructions
1. Sauté the onions in a bit of fat.
2. Add the cabbage and cook on high till soft, mixing occasionally.
3. Add the zucchini and kumquats and cook for a few minutes.


4. Add the chicken chunks and cook a few minutes longer, until they are fully cooked.
5. Add curry powder and salt, and then taste. Depending on your preferences, add either lemon juice or sugar or both.


6. Serve either plain, over rice, or over noodles (preferably homemade noodles).

Stir fry served over homemade whole wheat noodles

7. Enjoy!

Variations:
  • If kumquats are not in season, or if they're too expensive, or simply if you don't have them available, feel free to leave them out. Kumquats are sweet and sour, so if you leave them out, just add more lemon juice and sugar instead. Alternatively, include some orange chunks or freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • If zucchini isn't available, you can leave that out or replace it with grated carrots.
  • Feel free to use regular cabbage instead of purple cabbage. It will be less sweet, so you may want to compensate with a drop more sugar.
  • You can leave out the chicken breast if you so desire. I just prefer one pot meals, so throw it all together so I can have a protein together with the veggies.

What is the strangest recipe you've ever concocted, and how did it turn out?

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