Introduction: South Indian Style Chicken, Spinach and Tomato Soup

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I often have soup as my evening meal in the week, it can be quick and easy to prepare, filling and warming on these wintery nights. This recipe is no exception, it is full of flavour and can be put together in under 30 minutes. Feel free to adjust the number of chillies according to your taste.

350g chicken breast cut into large chunks
400g tinned tomatoes
500ml chicken stock
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cm chunk or ginger, peeled and grated
100g leaf spinach, rinsed and roughly chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp cumin seeds
10-20 curry leaves
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground white pepper
2 bay leaves
3 green finger chillies
3 tbsp oil
salt to taste
  1. Put 2 tbsps of the oil in to a large, hot saucepan. Chuck in 1 tsp cumin seeds, the bay leaves, curry leaves and chillies and allow to sizzle for a few seconds until the scent is released.
  2. Reduce the heat a little and add the onions cooking them until they are translucent, next add the ginger and garlic and keep moving for about 300 seconds.
  3. Next add the chicken and seer all sides. Once you have done that add the tinned tomatoes, reduce the heat, cover and leave to simmer for around 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked use a slotted spoon to remove the pieces, place on a chopping board and break up into smaller pieces that are easy to eat with a spoon. Return the chicken to the soup and keep warm while you complete the the next stage.
  5. In a small frying pan heat up the remaining tbsp of oil. When its hot throw in the remaining spices, sizzle for a few of seconds then pour in enough of the stock so that all the spices are picked up then add the whole lot to the soup pan along with any remaining stock and the spinach.
  6. Once the spinach has wilted serve the soup with flat breads and/or poppadoms.
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