Friday, August 31, 2007

Tacky '60s Curry

Last weekend, My Beloved and I were invited to a Tacky Tiki '60s Party where several of the Bay area's wonderful food bloggers were gathered to enjoy each other's offerings. If you'd like to see some great photos of the "tacky" foods, visit Becks & Posh by clicking on the link under "If you've got time..." at the right of this page.

So, in keeping with that tacky theme, I made curry this week from a recipe I had when I was a new bride (the first time around) in the early '70s.

Yes, it's made with canned soup.
Sneer not, it really is good, although it's not even remotely authentic. Topped with condiments, oh, yeah, man, it's groovy!

Tacky '60s Curry

This is a good meal for a work night when you don't have a lot of time. The thing that takes the longest is boiling the egg and frying the bacon but, if you thought to do those on the weekend, it's a snap to put together.

1 cup rice (I like basmati or jasmine)
2 cups water
salt, if your blood pressure is low - we leave it out.

Boil the water, dump in the rice, stir once, put on a lid and reduce the heat to very low. In about 20 minutes, it's ready. Don't bother to lift the lid or stir.


1 can of cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup
1 chopped medium onion
1/2 can milk
1 TBS butter
Curry powder to taste
1 chicken breast cut in bite-size pieces (or a like amount of any meat, really - lamb is particularly good and shrimp even better! Great way to use up leftover leg of lamb)

Once you have the rice going, saute' the onion in the butter until soft. Add the soup and milk and stir over medium low heat until smooth. Add curry powder to taste - this is the only tricky part - different curry powders have different strength and heat - start with a TBS and add more, tasting as you go along. I usually judge by the rich color when it has enough curry powder. If you like it spicy, add more. When the sauce is hot and bubbling away, add the meat and cook just until heated through. Serve over the rice and pass the condiments.

CONDIMENT SUGGESTIONS: crumbled bacon, peanuts, chopped egg, scallions, chopped onion (red or mild white), Major Grey chutney, shredded coconut (I hate that but my Mom always served it) raisins - I've even heard of peole using cocoa nibs or fresh coffee grounds. Whatever you like, really, as long as it adds texture and different sweet/salt/savory layers to the curry sauce.


Blogger Dagny said...

Yes, that recipe is certainly a flashback. I am slowing starting to remember all the various uses for cream of mushroom soup. Sounds much easier than my usual curry recipe.

Friday, August 31, 2007  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

I'll bet it's really tasty. In that oddly comforting Campbell's way.
And you're right, it's all about the condiments!

Saturday, September 01, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Oh man! You didn't eeeven ask for my 1961 curry! I have plenty left you know.

My uncle and gramma did a variation of that.

Get out yer casserole and lay in a cup of rice, frozen vegetables & chicken pieces.

Cream of mushroom soup, water and all spices, curry included. Dump over all and cover with holed foil. Bake until done. Add minced onion for fun.


Saturday, September 01, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Dagny, give it a try - at the risk of your gourmet status, however! :-)

Cookie, love those condiments!

Rev, sheesh, had I known that you ever cooked anything but straight meats, I'da asked! :-)

Saturday, September 01, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Oh man, check this out. There's also another link there to a previous recipe. Absolutely delightful.


Sunday, September 02, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Hey, Big, can you send that link again - it looks like the end got cut off and when I tried, it didn't work... :-(

Sunday, September 02, 2007  

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