Early morning here in Washington, and the word of the day may have to be "galoshes." Rain has been falling for nearly 12 hours, and conditions are soggier than an Oreo cookie marinating in a glass of milk.
The idea of staying under the covers, hunkered down until the weather passes, sounds positively idyllic, but who am I kidding on a busy work day? I don't think a pot of tea will do the trick, either. Gloomy conditions call for stronger measures: After a day of dodging puddles, a steaming pot of chicken curry may be the answer.
Although I can't take credit for the recipe -- it comes from Indian culinary diva Madhur Jaffrey -- I feel like it's mine, as it's become one of my good-ole-reliables, dishes that I prepare over and again and which never fail me. I practically know the recipe by heart.
Unlike many curries in which coconut milk plays a prominent role, this one relies instead on the surprisingly binding qualities of cilantro, which also dominates with its brilliant green color and earthiness. The spicy-aromatic supporting cast includes cumin, coriander, chile pepper and best of all, a generous chunk of fresh ginger, which not only warms the belly but clears the sinuses (and perhaps, water-logged spirits).
Start to finish, this dish takes about 90 minutes, which gives the cook enough time to get out of wet clothes and pour a glass of wine. Serve over rice, and if at all possible, save some for the next day. Leftover curry is such a treat.
What's your favorite, tried-and-true dish to ward off gloomy weather? Share in the comments area below.
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