Chicken Curry is a common delicacy in Southeast Asia. For those who do not know what curry is, it’s not a type of dish but a generic description for a variety of dishes that have an Indian or South East Asian origin which uses dried spices such as turmeric, coriander and cumin. The recipe originated in India and has been adopted all over the world with different styles and versions according to their taste buds.
This signature dish has a unique blend of taste and texture and the spiciness will burst in your mouth. The coconut milk balances the strong taste of the curry powder. We usually prepare this dish for all types of celebrations specially Fiesta (Festival), Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The dish looks complicated but trust me it’s a piece of cake. It’s very easy to prepare and to cook.
Beef afritada is a variation of the popular Chicken Afritada which is a basic Filipino tomato based chicken stew. Instead of chicken, you use beef. Basic ingredients include potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes. Unlike Chicken Afritada the only drawback about using beef is the time it takes to prepare. Basically it takes longer for beef to become tender than chicken or pork. So most of the time is spent continuously cooking the beef in medium heat until it becomes tender. I highly recommend using a pressure cooker if you want to decrease cooking time, it can really help.
Beef Afritada is a well known Filipino recipe that’s mostly cooked during special occasions, especially during “Fiesta”, a religious festival, or any event marked by festivities or celebration. In my home town this is one of the best dishes to serve during Fiesta. I asked my mother to teach me how to cook this dish, so today this is my version of Beef Afritada. Enjoy.
Coconut milk is the liquid that comes from grated coconut milk. Coconut milk has a unique rich taste and is one of the best and healthy ingredients you can use. Coconut milk which is rich in vitamins and minerals has many benefits such as helping to lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks and strokes. It is also lactose free and can be used as a milk substitute by those who are lactose intolerant.
When making Shrimp Cooked in Coconut Milk choose the freshest and biggest shrimp you can find. Make sure you don’t burn the ginger and garlic and the shrimp is not overcooked. Timing is everything! It’s very important to cook the coconut milk until a little oil comes out to get the nice flavor that blends perfectly with the flavors of ginger and garlic. The green beans and the chilies should be cooked just right.
For every Fiesta in my Hometown one of the most popular dishes we cook is Afritada. Here we have lots versions of Afritada we have Chicken, Pork, Beef, or Goat Afritada. For now I will give you my version of Chicken Afritada. I reveal to you my secret recipe to make your afritada perfect.
Basically Afritada is a Filipino Stew. It is the local adaptation of a recipe brought over by the Spaniards who ruled the islands for over 3 centuries. This dish is meat and vegetables simmered in a tomato-based sauce that is flavored with Patis – Filipino Fish Sauce.
I love stews in tomato sauce and other similar dishes. This Chicken Afritada this is very delicious and very interesting dish to cook. I’m sure you and the rest of your family will love this.
1 small can Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits or any Brand
1 1/2 lbs chicken, cut into serving size
1/2 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 large potato, chunks
1 large carrot, chunks
1 medium red bell pepper, chunks
1/4 cup green peas
4 gloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chunks
1 1/4 cup water
1 tbsp fish sauce (Patis)
3 tbsp cooking oil
salt to taste
Heat cooking oil in a pan or wok.
Saute carrots, potatoes, and bell pepper then set aside.
Using the same pan, saute garlic & onion.
Add the chicken. Simmer for 12-15 minutes or until tender. (requires occasional stirring).
Add the fish sauce and cook for 3 minutes.
Add water when it starts to dry up. Bring to a boil.
Add the Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits including the pineapple juice
Add the tomato sauce. Let it simmer.
Add all the vegetables. Simmer for another 5 minutes.