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Sloooooow Cooker Curry

cardamom seedpods and spices

There are many reasons to love winter – mittens, snowmen and sledding all come to mind! But on a cold day nothing makes us feel as warm and cozy as gathering around the table to share a meal that has been cooking all day, filling the house with the inviting smells of a dinner made slowly, with love.

While it’s wonderful to spend a quiet Sunday tending to a delicious dish, we don’t always have the time to do so, which is why we love the slow cooker! Just a little prep in the morning and that evening, whether you’ve been running errands on Saturday or coming home from a long day of work on Wednesday, a delicious meal awaits you and your family.

As Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA says, “Slow food is an idea – a way of living and a way of eating. Slow food helps you realize that your health, your kids’ health, your community’s health, and nature’s health are all tied together – and food is the common thread.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.



1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 red onion, cut into wedges
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon very finely minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons curry powder, hot or mild
1⁄2 cinnamon stick
3 whole cardamom pods or 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
1 14-ounce can good-quality crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound small red potatoes, unpeeled, cut bite-size
1 whole organic chicken, 4–5 pounds, cut into 8 pieces, skin removed (you can get the butcher to do this for you)
1 cup Greek yogurt, whole or 2 percent
1 cup fresh or defrosted frozen peas


Heat up a large nonstick pan and drizzle in the oil. When it shimmers, add the onion and sauté until soft and golden. Add the garlic and spices, stir for 30 seconds, until fragrant, then stir in the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. (You can do this the night before: Chill the sauce, add the potatoes and chicken, and store in the fridge until you are ready to cook.)

Pull your slow cooker out from wherever it lives. Rinse it out. Put the potatoes on the bottom, then top with the chicken and the tomato sauce you just made. Set the cooker to low for 6 to 8 hours. Half an hour before serving, fold in the yogurt and peas, and taste for seasonings . . . Does it need a little more salt? A pinch of curry?

Serve with basmati rice, naan bread, and a side of chutney.


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  1. [...] such blog. Jennifer Tyler Lee from Crunch a Color told a lovely story about making Kirstin’s Slow Cooker Curry and the surprising reaction her kids – including her picky eater – had.  We [...]

  2. Kls2003 says:

    The potatoes don’t get too soggy?  I made a Chinese Chicken Curry in the crockpot earlier this week and they turned to mush.  I had them on top of the mixture, though…

  3. Kirstin says:

    Thankfully, I have never had a problem with the potatoes… but do keep the skins on and use red potatoes,  russet potatoes might fall apart quicker… although they would not taste any less delicious 

  4. Kls2003 says:

    Thanks!  They don’t get soggy when I make potroast either… now that I think of it!  (I think I had too much liquid in the pot last time.)  Thank you!

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