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December 26, 2012

Spicy Indian Chicken & Litchi Salad

Summer time calls for salads !  This salad, though, can be served warm or cold.  With all the spices this is actually perfect for Winter as it will warm you from the inside out.

Regardless of the season, this is a delicious, full flavored salad. I made the salad during the morning and kept everything in the refrigerator until it was time to serve - perfect for a hot day's late lunch/early dinner.

If you want to serve it warm, cook the ingredients as per the recipe, keep warm until all is done and then add the litchis when serving.

Spicy Indian Chicken & Litchi Salad

500g Chicken fillets, cut into chunks
2 TB Curry Powder
Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste
2 TB Vegetable Oil
1 t Black Mustard Seeds
1 t Cumin Seeds
6 Cardamom Pods, husks removed
12 Curry Leaves, fresh
1 t Garlic, crushed
2 t Ginger, crushed
1 Red Chilli, chopped
150g Mangetout {Snow Peas}
250g Asparagus, trimmed
Handful Coriander Leaves 
6 Curry Leaves/Mint Leaves, to garnish
10 - 12 Litchis, peeled, depipped and halved
Lime Juice, to taste

1.) Place the Chicken Fillet chunks in a bowl and cover with the Curry Powder - shake the bowl to get the powder all over the chicken - season to taste with Salt & Black Pepper.
2.) Heat the Oil in a large pan - add the Mustard Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Cardamom, Curry Leaves, Garlic, Ginger and Red Chilli - cook until the spices start to pop - remove from stove and pour Oil and Spices in a small bowl - keep aside.
3.) Heat the pan and cook the Chicken over high heat until done - remove and keep aside - add the Mangetout to the pan and cook until just tender {must still be crispy} - remove from pan and keep aside - add the Asparagus and cook until just starting to soften.
4.) Place the cooked Chicken, Mangetout and Asparagus on a serving plate - add the Litchis, Curry or Mint Leaves and Coriander - drizzle with Lime Juice and a little of the retained Oil and Spices, serve the remaining Oil/Spices on the side for each person to add to his/her liking.

Serve warm immediately, or chill in the refrigerator {not the bowl with the Oil/Spices} and serve later.  More Salt and Pepper can be added but I think that is each persons own decision.  I do not like something too salty and Roy prefers a lot of Salt again.

Hope you enjoy and if you really are not a salad person during Winter - pin this one for Summer ! Good and wholesome ...

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  1. I had never heard of Mangetout - had to google it. Snow Peas here in the States! Looks tasty!

  2. OK... More ingredients I am not familiar with, but it looks so delicious! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


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