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What's Your (BIR) Curry Action Tonight?

Post by goncalo » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:46 am

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I've just finished making a batch of chewytikka's base sauce. For a long time that it was on my list of things to do, so I'm happy to finally tick it off. I'm now extremely undecided. I want to make a curry, but can't decide myself. Torn between the simplicity of a madras and the savouriness of a jalfrezi. Decisions, decisions..
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Re: What's Your Curry Action Tonight?

Post by Cory Ander » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:38 am

In your circumstances (i.e. trying a new base) I would be inclined to cook something that you cook often and/or a dish that is not likely to mask the quality of the curry base (in which case, I suggest, a jalfrezi would not be the best call).
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Re: What's Your Curry Action Tonight?

Post by goncalo » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:29 am

Thanks for the tips CA. I agree. Jalfrezi is the dish I'm trying to crack and is certainly the dish I cook the most and is the one that I happened to have cooked tonight (with tikka.) -- will know how good it is tomorrow after lunch :)
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Re: What's Your Curry Action Tonight?

Post by goncalo » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:02 pm

Pictures are worth what they are, but I feel a breakthrough coming from the use of this base. I was very pleased with the result and look forward to my next one indeed :)
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Re: What's Your Curry Action Tonight?

Post by h4ppy-chris » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:06 pm

Looks good mate, i can smell it from here.

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Re: What's Your Curry Action Tonight?

Post by Cory Ander » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:11 pm

It does look good. Looks to me like you're improving by the day 8-)

What is the "breakthrough" that you're looking for?
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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by rshome123 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:13 pm

Haven't had a Pathia for a while, will make one tomorrow. I've tried a couple of recipes, and find Adey Payne's recipe superb...

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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by h4ppy-chris » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:48 pm

Today on the menu (at home) will be.
stuffed parathas
bombay aloo.
tarka dhal (brought home from last nights TA's staff meal)
kofta, chicken madras (for the wife)
kofta, chicken palak gosht (for me)
Indian special fried rice.

pix to follow.

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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by Cory Ander » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:03 pm

Now, I'd be extremely interested in that Indian Special (Fried) Rice recipe Chris? :thumbup:
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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by h4ppy-chris » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:06 pm

Okay mate, i will look to see if i have videoed it at the TA, if not i will video it today. ;)

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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by jerrym » Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:01 pm

it's a real dilemma between sticking to what you know and trying new.

the sticking to dishes being kashmiri, mogul, CTM, butter, rogan, pasanda

i have dopiaza and shatkora on the new list. of course the hot fry dishes and balti are still there too but just a bit further off where i want to be.

looking fwd to the winter.

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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by goncalo » Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:58 pm

Cory Ander wrote:It does look good. Looks to me like you're improving by the day 8-)

What is the "breakthrough" that you're looking for?
Thanks CA! The breakthrough is spicing flavour in the base that is coming in a subtle way in the final dish, it's part of the base and has nothing to do directly with the dish itself. It's a subtle "inner layer" of flavour. It's hard to explain, but it's something that I always noticed in the curries from TAs. It's hard to explain what I mean, but it's something that hardly ever happens with the other bases I cooked so far. I made a bhuna yesterday and again I noticed this subtlety in the final dish, eventhough it was very dry.
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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by h4ppy-chris » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:08 pm

As promised.

Special fried rice.
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kofta, chicken palak gosht
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kofta, chicken madras
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Bombay aloo.
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Kofta balls
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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by h4ppy-chris » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:12 pm

Half the Madras plated up.
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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by Geezah » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:19 pm

I hope you get plenty ;)
your mrs is spoiled with your cooking.

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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by goncalo » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:11 pm

Very good looking rubies there... keep em coming! :)
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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by h4ppy-chris » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:29 pm

Will do my best on here mate. :D

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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by h4ppy-chris » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:31 pm

Geezah wrote:I hope you get plenty ;)
your mrs is spoiled with your cooking.
She love me long time LOL :o

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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by Cory Ander » Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:02 am

Great looking curries and accompaniments, there, Chris.....I can feel some more forum banners coming on......8-)
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Re: what are you cooking (or planning to) ?

Post by goncalo » Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:03 am

I've just mixed 280 grams of Bruce Edwards mix powder using fresh spices which I only just restocked today. In a few minutes from now, I am going to be doing a chicken stock using the bones I got from the local halal. Tomorrow (or Sunday) I am going to precook the chicken for 45 mins (or maybe less if I do it in the pressure cooker, otherwise it may dilute the chicken :shock:) and because I'm studying this weekend, I might not be making a base gravy, but plan on trying some byriani/vegetable fried rice or even dare and cook some dhal. I am pretty sure something is escaping my plan!
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