Rebecca Coomes, author of cookbook 'SIBO Family Favourites', shares her butter chicken recipe with us. The cookbook contains over 60 recipes for people treating Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.
Butter chicken is a hugely popular Indian curry, yet normally contains onion, garlic and cream, making it unsuitable for those treating SIBO. This version packs a flavour punch and tastes just as good as the real thing, without causing any irritation. This dish will become a family favourite as it is easy to make, fills the house with a wonderful aroma and is delicious.
Classification Gluten Free, Dairy Free
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground paprika
¼ – ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 cup coconut milk
6 chicken thigh fillets, cubed
2 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs tomato paste
½ lemon, juiced
½ bunch coriander, chopped
2 cups cauliflower florets
1 tbs coconut oil
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp salt
¼ bunch coriander, chopped
1 To make the marinade, mix all of the spices together in a large bowl. Stir in the coconut milk and mix until thoroughly combined. Add in the chicken pieces, and stir to cover. Marinate for at least 6 hours, or preferably overnight.
2 To make the curry, remove the chicken pieces from the marinade, reserving the marinade.
3 Heat the coconut oil in a wok or deep frying pan over a medium-high heat. In batches, brown the chicken on all sides then remove and set aside.
4 Once all of the chicken pieces have been browned, return them to the pan with the remaining marinade. Stir in the tomato paste and lemon juice. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
5 Meanwhile, make the cauliflower rice. Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and blitz until it resembles rice. Be careful not to over process as it will turn the cauliflower into mush.
6 Heat a wok over a high heat and melt the coconut oil. Add in the cauliflower, and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the spices and salt. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped coriander.
7 To serve, place some cauliflower rice in a bowl and top with the butter chicken. Sprinkle with some extra chopped coriander. You could also serve this with some steamed vegetables.
Note: If you can tolerate rice, replace the cauliflower with 2 cups cooked basmati rice. This will make the recipe low FODMAP.
Extract from SIBO Family Favourites by Rebecca Coomes, $32.95 paperback, $22.95 eBook, available here. Photography: Aliki Dimitrakopoulos, Soul Impressions Photography.