Easy peasy and cheap as chips curry, yoghurt chicken
This dish was my youngest son’s favourite when he was little and l haven’t made it in years. While I was in the middle of making it, a smile came to my face as I remembered him coming home one day when he was little and asking me to make the same dinner he had just had at his friend’s house. I was so excited because this child only ate plain pasta and chicken schnitzel. I was awash with these sentimental happy recollections when all of a sudden my mood started to shift and I felt like I was going to burst out crying in an instant, I was so devastated. What the hell is wrong with me, I thought, this menopause is doing my head in...
But as I continued on down memory lane, things became clearer
I remembered this sinking feeling straight after the elation of him asking me to make him something different. What if it was expensive? What if I couldn’t afford it? You see we were really broke. I mean, we had practically no money for food. I could only afford to buy the basics and use my imagination to create something out of nothing. I used to make the schnitzel paper thin, so it would last.
I remember one of my children asking me, ‘Why don’t we have food in the fridge like my friend,’ and me replying, ‘We’re a big family and we go through it quickly.’ To which he replied, ‘They have five children and their fridge is ALWAYS full!’
I went to bed crying that night...
But when I found out the ingredients for my youngest son’s newfound recipe, I was so excited. It was very affordable, everyone loved it and it became a staple in my home.
Maybe I should make this more often, so I’m reminded not to whinge about the first-world problems I have these days, and to remind me to express my gratitude for what I have now more often...
Here it is, my affordable, easy, yummy dinner dish xxx
1.5kg Chicken drumsticks
1/3 cup Greek yoghurt
1/2 tablespoon ground sweet paprika
4 cloves garlic crushed
1teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 200c
In a large bowl, whisk the yoghurt, oil, garlic, lemon juice, spices, salt and pepper. Toss in the chicken drumsticks, coat completely, cover and marinate for an hour.
Arrange the chicken on a baking dish lined with baking paperr and cook in the oven for 35minutes
I served it on a bed of rice mixed with spices, sultanas and nuts.