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National Curried Chicken Day!

Today we celebrate one of my favorite chicken dishes, curried chicken.  This day is observed annually on January 12th.

Curried chicken is a different version of Chicken Curry because instead of using a curry powder to make the sauce, it is made of clariid butter or ghee, onions, tomatoes with a variety of spices including cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, garam masala, turmeric, and chili peppers.

This dish originated from the Indian subcontinent which is a common delicacy.  It is liked stewed chicken with all the spices.  In South India, they usually add coconut and curry leaves.  It is very good served with steamed rice.  Depending on the style of preparation, some versions may be sweeter while others will have a creamier taste due to the use of butter and cashew nut paste.

So, today, celebrate this day by making some Curried Chicken or Chicken Curry and serve it over steam rice or cauliflower rice.  Share some recipes on social media using #CurriedChickenDay.

1984 Pyramid mystery unearthed

An international panel overseeing the restoration of the Great Pyramids in Egypt overcomes years of frustration when it abandons modern construction techniques in favor of the method employed by the ancient Egyptians.

Located at Giza outside Cairo, some of the oldest manmade structures on earth were showing severe signs of decay by the early 1980s. Successful repair work began on the 4,600-year-old Sphinx in 1981, but the restoration of the pyramids proved destructive when water in modern cement caused adjacent limestone stones to split. On January 12, 1984, restorers stopped using a mortar and adopted the system of interlocking blocks practiced by the original pyramid builders. From thereon, the project proceeded smoothly.

The ancient Egyptians built nearly 100 pyramids over a millennium to serve as burial chambers for their royalty. They believed that the pyramids eased the monarchs’ passage into the afterlife, and the sites served as centers of religious activity. During the Old Kingdom, a period of Egyptian history that lasted from the late 26th century B.C. to the mid-22nd century B.C., the Egyptians built their largest and most ambitious pyramids.

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