The Hairy Dieters’ (almost) guilt-free chicken korma

Chicken korma

Owen and I recently invested in a set of bathroom scales, ending years of blissful ignorance towards any excess weight we may be carrying. It was a little unsettling. While blissful ignorance may not be an entirely accurate description – we do make an effort to eat good, healthy food most of the time – we have accepted that we really need to reduce our calorie intake as well as getting off our arses and doing some exercise.

I’ve honestly never been the sort of person who bores everyone to tears with their fad dieting and all that sort of nonsense, but I do believe in eating well – with the odd indulgence thrown in of course. When I hear the word ‘calories’, I tend to immediately zone out, drifting off into daydreams of cake and curry. I think this relates back to years ago when I used to work in a library, where a large majority of my colleagues were middle-aged women on diets. They were all very lovely – don’t get me wrong (it was like having about twenty mums), but I was a svelte youngster in my late teens, and could therefore eat and drink whatever I wanted without getting fat. I had little interest in such concerns.

Needless to say, I am no longer eighteen years old, and when I eat lots of crap, there are consequences.

Should you find yourself in a similar predicament, I can recommend this curry, which is from the Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight cookbook and TV series. Gawd bless those lovable Geordies.

The only changes I made were to halve the recipe as there are only two of us, and to leave out the double cream (I just used yoghurt instead). I would usually use a bit less cardamom in a curry, but this actually came out fine with the amount suggested. We ate this on Friday night and I will definitely be making it again. Admittedly, the idea of it being a ‘lighter’ curry may have been undermined by the naan bread and beers we had with it…

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