Kay sent me some awesome Surinamese curry powder and I just had to make “roti” with it. In the Netherlands we simply call this dish roti, even though it’s the name for just the pancake you eat it with. The chicken dish is also called masala chicken.
I used smaller amounts than the original recipe. Together with the fried plantain and peanut sauce, it’s enough to feed 3 to 4 people.
- 350 grams chicken breast, in small pieces
- 300 grams green beans, trimmed
- 350 grams potatoes, peeled and cut in bit-sized pieces
- 1 large onion, finely minced
- 1/2 red chill pepper, finely minced (save the rest, if you make the pancakes)
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 1/2 tbsp curry masala
- 1/4 heaping tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 1 cup water (+ 1/2 a cup if you like more sauce)
- 3 tbsp sunflower oil
- salt and pepper to taste
I find it easiest to prep all the ingredients before doing anything else. Use a large wok or skillet because all the ingredients will go into one pan. Some slow cookers will allow you to braise on a stove top, make sure this is possible!
Heat the oil in a wok and slightly brown the chicken. Add onion, chili and garlic and cook until the onion goes translucent.
Add the masala, cumin, tomato paste and crumbled bouillon cube. Cook a couple of minutes before adding the potatoes and green beans. Stir well until the potatoes are covered in the spices. Transfer everything to the slow cooker.
I used the cup of water to deglaze the wok and add the water to the slow cooker. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 5-7 hours until the potatoes have cooked and the sauce has thickened. Serve with roti pancakes or flour tortillas.
You can find the roti pancakes recipe here, along with step by step photo’s: Kayotic Kitchen’s roti chicken.
Another popular Surinamese dish in the Netherlands is baka bana. Deep fried plantain with peanut sauce. I’ll post the recipe later if anyone is interested.
The roti was awesome. I served it along with the plantains and Surinamese chutney and sambal. Very spicy, but oh so nice.