Recipe Wednesday #5: Murtz’s Gran’s Kuku Paka Chicken

This week’s recipe from our very own Project Lead Murtz! He’s the heart behind Casserole, working away to develop, design and grow the service, and can make a mean meal to boot!

This recipe comes from Murtz’s Gran’s stockpile of delicious dishes, and one that Murtz has claimed in the past is his favourite. If you are a vegetarian, I’m sure switching chicken for sweet potatoes, pumpkin, or squash would be a delicious alternative.

So without further ado, take it away Murtz!

My gran’s Kuku Paka chicken

This is a recipe that my gran always cooks for the family, it’s an East African Asian dish and has a mixture of East African flavours like coconut mixed with Asian spices and chillies.

It’s really great with rice and pretty easy to cook for large numbers of people.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 whole chicken; skinned cut in quarters
  • 3 garlic cloves (or garlic paste)
  • 1-2 tablespoons crushed ginger(or ginger paste) (depending on how ginger-y you want it)
  • 3-4 Green chillies (or dried chilli flakes/powder)
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • Medium onion; chopped fine
  • 6 medium potatoes; peeled, and cut into quarters
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric
  • 400 ml of warm water
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • Chopped coriander for garnish

If your chicken is whole, cut it into quarters and add 3 crushed garlic cloves (2 teaspoons of garlic paste) and the ginger, lemon juice, and salt and marinate the chicken for a couple of hours.

In a big pot on the hob, heat up the oil and fry the chopped onions until they are golden, add the chicken and cook for around 10 minutes. Add in the chopped tomatoes and mix it all up.

Add in the potatoes to the pot with the turmeric and cook it for another 5 minutes.

Add in the warm water and put the lid on to simmer for 15 minutes.

Finally add in the coconut milk and let it simmer for a final 10 minutes.

When serving add on some freshly chopped coriander and serve with rice.

Hi! We’re the Casserole Crew

With the Casserole pilot relaunching today in Redhill, we thought it high time to officially introduce you to the hard-working and food-loving team behind the service. So without further ado, here’s the crew!

Murtz is the captain of our ship – project managing wizz-kid and the original brainchild of Casserole. Before Casserole, Murtz worked for RNIB, designing everything from door handles to talking bus stops, before studying for his MA in Integrated Product Design, which led him to create Casserole with FutureGov. When he’s not managing projects like a boss, Murtz is an photography master, taking snapshots around the city (including some brilliant night photography!) with his trusty tripod.

Favourite dish to cook: Kuka Paka

Jase is our designer, front end developer and zen master. He’s the man behind the look, feel and layout of the Casserole website. Not just a man of the web, Jase has designed everything from electronics to a pair of Speedo shoes, working as an in-house and consultant industrial designer for some pretty swanky brands! When asked why he likes working on Casserole, he said, “Food+Internet=Happy Jase.” Nuff said!

Favourite dish to cook: Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

As of this week, we are lucky enough to have Ed on board the Casserole team as our lead developer – coding and creating all the beautiful digital framework that will make Casserole’s website and online service work. In addition to being a coding master, Ed knows a thing or two about agile development (basically, creating the tech in short spurts so that we can tweak and change it as we go along to create exactly what our users want). If all that wasn’t enough, Ed is also a bit of a food master, having run his own terrine catering company in a past life!

Favourite dish to cook: Beans and Rice

Kirsty helps to support the management and development of Casserole, getting into the nitty gritty things like financial sustainability and business planning, and well as working to figure out how we can access resources to make sure Casserole gets as many people cooking and eating through its service as possible. Before joining us, she worked as the Assistant Director of Customer Service in a London borough, and believes whole-heartedly in the simplicity and community values that are behind Casserole, and how we can use this to connect people through food. An avid food and cooking fan herself, Kirsty makes a mean rocky road fudge and is one of our resident bakers for the Casserole market stalls.

Favourite dish to cook: Anything in a pot and some mean chocolate brownies

And finally, there’s me, Rachel, Casserole community and engagement manager and general food obsessive. Alongside Casserole, I community manage another FutureGov project, Simpl, but before all this, I studied all things art, gave museum tours, and wrote a dissertation on Come Dine With Me (really!). Besides the obvious food connection, I love that Casserole let’s me get stuck into communities and uses cooking to help grow and strengthen the bonds between people. I’m also the other baker on the team, so if you stop by one of our market stalls, be sure to try my banana bread!

Favourite dish to cook:  Thanksgiving dinner

So there you have it! We’re the guys behind the tech changes, event flyers, e-mails and newsletters, working to make Casserole into the best possible service it can be. If you ever have any questions or comments, or want to get in touch with any of us directly, don’t hesitate to give us a shout!