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Steveparadox's Base Gravy

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Re: Steveparadox's Bangin' Base Gravy

Post by steveparadox » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:54 am

Hey Tom,

thanks for posting the photos and comments. I also always thought the taste of base sauce would make a nice spicy soup myself. Cabbage is a great addition for texture in base sauce. The two stage blending ensures the texture is smooth which I think is best for base gravy.

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Re: Steveparadox's Bangin' Base Gravy

Post by steveparadox » Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:40 am

I created a new base recipe last week, by adapting the original. This included cooking the spices in a pan with oil and blended tomatoes before adding to stage 1 ingredients. I also added a stock as has been described in many other recipes. Thes processes did not make much difference in my opinion. The spices are slightly different in this version also, with less paprika, turmeric and salt :


Base Gravy Recipe V.2
Ingredients

1st stage ingredients:
• Onions x 14 - halved
• Carrots x 2 - chopped
• 1/2 Green Pepper - chopped
• 1/2 Red Pepper - chopped
• Cabbage x 1/3 - chopped
• 250ml oil
• 1 cup water
• Coriander bunch
• 2.5 tbspn Garlic ginger paste
• 2 small chillies – chopped

Stock ingredients:

• 1 Cinnamon stick,
• 4 green cardamon pods
• 4 bay leaves.

2nd stage ingredients:

• 1 tbspn garlic/ginger paste
• 2 tbspn of:
o Cumin powder
o Ground coriander
o Curry powder
• 1 tbspn Turmeric
• 1 tbspn Paprika
• 1.5 tbspn salt
• 1 tin plum tomatoes

Method

1. Fill a larger pot with all the veg. stage 1 ingredients. Cook for 1 ½ hours on very low heat.

2. In a frying pan add 1 tbspn of oil. Heat up and then add 1 tbspn of garlic/ginger paste, cooking for a minute or so. Then add the stage 2 ingredients. Cook out for a couple of minutes on quite a high heat, stirring so as to to ensure it cooks but doesn’t burn. Add these ingredients to the stage 1 ingredients.

3. Blend the combined ingredients in food processor to make very smooth. Do this in two batches then blend with an electric hand blender.

4. Separate the blended mixture into two saucepans.

5. Fill a separate saucepan with water to the same volume as the blended ingredients. Bring water to the boil and stock ingredients. Leave to boil for about ten minutes then strain the mixture and put the strained water into the stage 1 ingredients which are now in two separate pots. This should pretty much fill up each of the pots.

6. Cook the mix for 45 mins on very low heat.
7. Done!

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Re: Steveparadox's Base Gravy

Post by Greybeard » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:22 pm

Tried this out tonight in the GB pressure cooker (40 mins, chuck everything in) and it has turned out pretty well:
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Only deviation was no coriander or cabbage, tasted as a good base should.
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Re: Steveparadox's Base Gravy

Post by steveparadox » Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:54 pm

Hey GB, thanks for posting your photo and comments. This is my loaded base gravy - I did ask the title to be changed some time ago, so it is more heavily spiced than my usual base gravies. Did you find it so?

no fresh corriander - that's a sin haha :cylon:

my usual base gravy is here:

http://bircurries.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=8057

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Re: Steveparadox's Base Gravy

Post by Greybeard » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:50 pm

The curries I have made with it so far have turned out excellent, as I would expect with a "full bodied" base. It has a lot more flavour than the "JALBO" bases (just a load of boiled onions), which is the way I like it. I expect a little bit of a kick from my bases, and this was just the right balance.

One thing I did notice was I had fewer issues with consistency using the electric pressure cooker than the stovetop one, which I assume is down to losing less water as part of the cooking process. Normally, I'd have to adjust the consistency a bit, but once cooked and blended it was spot on. I gave it 40 minutes, so I didn't have to resort to using a liquidiser to get the consistency right.

I'm still not convinced about the benefit cabbage though, I honestly can't tell the difference!
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Re: Steveparadox's Base Gravy

Post by steveparadox » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:55 pm

Cheers for the further thoughts on it. Interesting notes re: the pressure cooker. I'm not using cabbage in my base gravy tonight either!!! I think I should try a loaded base again out of interest, I'd like to be organised enough to have loaded and regular version in the freezer to use for different dishes.

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Re: Steveparadox's Base Gravy

Post by cartz64 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:30 pm

Steve...your loaded base...

Sorry about pics..the pans were red hot as I took pics.... :whistle:


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Can't wait to make a curry to test! :yes:
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Re: Steveparadox's Base Gravy

Post by andrw » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:56 pm

Good looking base there cartz

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Re: Steveparadox's Base Gravy

Post by cartz64 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:06 pm

Thanks andrw...we will see how it does in a curry... :yes:

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