The first time I ever had Indian food was actually only about two years ago. I came across a recipe for Indian chicken coconut curry and made it myself. I had a feeling I was missing out, but damn. It was love at first taste.
Before this I’d actually never had curry before, with the exception of the mustard variety served at Chicken Kitchen. I’m not even a picky eater or anything. I just never got around to trying it.
After making the aforementioned coconut curry concoction, I was hooked. So by the time I actually had real Indian food at a real Indian restaurant I knew for sure that I was going to experience the “Delhi belly”. And oh, did I. Delhi belly is the Indian version of a food coma. It’s no joke, but the food is so good it’s almost worth feeling like a beached whale for three hours.
Fortunately the version I make isn’t quite as heavy. Here’s the recipe, adapted from this one at Hers Muscle & Fitness.
Indian chicken coconut curry
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp ginger (fresh or pre-chopped)
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 cups broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup light coconut milk (You can use regular coconut milk but it will significantly increase the amount of calories.)
1 cup sour cream
2 or 3 tomatoes, diced
1.5 to 2 oz chicken breast, cubed into small pieces
salt & pepper to taste
-Heat a large pan and add oil. Once hot, add onions and cook till golden.
-Add ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, cayenne, fennel seeds and mustard seeds. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
-Add broccoli and cook till tender, about 5 minutes.
-Add coconut milk, sour cream, tomatoes and chicken. Simmer until chicken is completely cooked.
-Add salt and pepper to taste.
-Serve and enjoy!
I just wanted to throw this in here because it’s rare when I do a workout that’s harder than any other I’ve ever done. Today’s leg routine was crazy. It was the kind of workout that makes eating bowl after bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch feel justified.
Unfortunately Fortunately I do not have any cereal. I was a good girl and had tuna and “super greens” salad with sweet potato afterwards. Here’s the workout and my thoughts about each exercise in parenthesis:
Squats 4×8 – 105 lbs (Pitiful!)
Narrow leg press 4×8 – 2 sets at 180 lbs, 2 sets at 200 lbs (S’aight.)
Barbell step-ups 4×8 – 45 lbs (My ass is going to hurt tomorrow.)
Walking double lunge (a walking lunge with two pulses for each step) 3×18 – 1 set with 35 lbs, 2 sets with 20 lbs (Just kill me now.)
Bulgarian barbell squat 4×8 – 45 lbs (Wtf.)
Seated calf raise 3×20 – 100 lbs (Finally the torture is over!)
I was actually supposed to do one more exercise–leg extensions–but I was wiped out. Once again, the volume of exercise kicked my ass. Now if you’ll excuse me, there is a pillow waiting for me to faceplant it.
Does anyone else like Indian food? Or have you done a HARDEST WORKOUT EVER lately? Speak up 😀
OH yeah. Yesterday was my deadlifting day….4 sets in I was so sweaty the front of my shirt was soaked through. THAT is a new record.
ALSO I think it’s awesome you thought my calf was my hamstring/glute HAHA…I wish I was at a low enough BF% that my hammies would look like that! In my dreams 😉
I love Indian food but it’s always so rich–thanks for the light recipe!
And as to your workout… I am in awe.