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Old 01-10-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
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I like to make curries, It's easy to make using pataks jars etc. But being a AG brewer I'm not happy unless I do it all my self.

Most of the traditional Tikka, Korma, etc are pure UK inventions and Use cream etc. That's not how they cook in India. It's nice to take some of these dishes and to cook them the "proper way"

I did this following recipe the other night it's very good and quite simple.


Things I changed.

I like to use thigh rather than breast. It's cheaper and tastier.
I use minimal salt.I added a couple of small strips of Cassia Bark (Worth it)
I also used chilli powder rather than cayenne (I ran out)
I added a heaped teaspoon of Turmeric, I like it in my Korma and it helps with the colour.
I used Sunflower oil and Ghee.
I serve with a sprinke of Kasoori Methi (Dried Fengureek Leaves)



CHICKEN-KORMA - Indian braised chicken with onions, cloves,
and ginger
I learned to like Indian food in London, where delicious
Indian food can be had in simple restaurants at hamburger
prices and the fare at fancy places ranks among the finest
food on Earth. Back in America, to satisfy my new craving
for good Indian food I had to learn to cook it myself. This
is a Friday-night supper dish in our family-too complex for
a weekday meal, and too plain to serve to company.
Indian food is often quite elaborate, so by their standards
this is a fast and simple dish. It is a classical Indian
recipe, found in many cookbooks.
INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

4 chicken breast pieces (boned) In other words,
split and bone two breasts)
125 ml safflower oil
60 ml clarified butter (the Indians call this ``ghee'')
6 medium yellow onions
3 garlic cloves
20 ml ginger
10-12 whole green cardamom seeds, cracked. Or use 10 ml
of ground cardamom.
20 whole cloves
5 bay leaves
5 ml salt
7.5 ml coriander (ground)
2.5 ml cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
250 ml plain yogurt
125 ml water
125 ml milk PROCEDURE

(1) Cut the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and
set aside. Peel the onions and chop them fine. You
should have about 3 cups of onion. Mince the
garlic and add to the bowl of chopped onions.
(2) In a big frypan that has a lid, heat the butter
and oil, then saut e the onions and garlic for
about 10 minutes, until the first hint of brown-
ing. Use ``medium high'' heat.
(3) Crack the cardamom seeds between your fingers,
just to get the shell open. Att them to the pan.
Add the ginger, cloves, bay leaves, and salt. Saut
e until the onions are nice and brown, about 5
more minutes.
(4) Mix the coriander and red pepper with the yogurt.
Add the yogurt to the frypan, stirring as you
pour, slowly enough that the onion doesn't stop
bubbling. It could take several minutes to do
this, depending on the diameter of your frypan.
(5) When the last of the yogurt dries up, add the
chicken pieces and brown them. Add 1/2 cup water,
reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.
(6) Stir in the milk and turn off the heat. It needs
to sit a few minutes to let the flavors blend.
The longer you let it sit after cooking, the
better it will taste (up to several hours).
(7) While the chicken is sitting, cook some rice. I
make saffron rice to go with this dish.
(8) Fish out the bay leaves, and as many of the whole
cloves as you can find, before serving. Check to
make sure it is moist enough (it should have the
consistency of applesauce). Reheat over low heat.

Indians put a lot more salt in their cooking than this
recipe calls for; if you want to make it more authentic you
should double or triple the salt. Indians also don't like
chicken skin, and will go to great lengths to prevent even
small pieces of chicken skin from getting into the food. I
rather like chicken skin myself, and I don't try very hard
to keep it out of this dish.
If you can't find green cardamom seeds, don't bother using
white ones - they've been bleached and processed and don't
have much flavor left. Use ground cardamom instead.

Difficulty: moderate (timing is somewhat important) Time: 1
hour plus ``sitting time.'' Precision: Approximate measure-
ment OK.

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Old 01-10-2007, 02:14 PM   #2
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Thanks Orfy. I will gather ingredients and give it a try.

PS – Why is curry so popular here? Wasn’t kidney pie enough to satisfy your taste buds?

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Old 01-10-2007, 02:15 PM   #3
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The quest for a meal that makes you drink more!
The shame is people think just because the waiter is there and they pay for the meal the can abuse him.

It's the National dish now. Closely followed by kebabs I think.
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Old 01-10-2007, 02:24 PM   #4
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I've had some amazing Curry down in Cambridge. Mix in a few Cobras and you are in heaven. In general it seems I have gotten much better service in Indian restaurants that most others. Regardless, I always treat them well...don't want any spit in the food.

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Old 01-10-2007, 03:04 PM   #5
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Good looking recipe orfy. I love cooking curries to go with homebrew.

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Old 01-10-2007, 03:18 PM   #6
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What's funny is that all my favorite indian places here in "New England" are actually in Cambridge, also. Just that it's Cambridge, Massachusetts. Must be something in the name!

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Old 01-10-2007, 03:41 PM   #7
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Have to give this a try. I love curry. Usually, I wing it when I make them. I grind up my own spices and add whatever I happen to have on hand at the time (chicken, shrimp, lamb, etc.)
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:23 PM   #8
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I love curry and was just sitting here trying to think of what I was going to make for dinner . . . guess I know now

Just going to have try try and figure out how to get rid of the metric stuff and use real measurements
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:10 PM   #9
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Welcome to the 21st Century!

Do the military still use bastardised imperial measurement?
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:43 AM   #10
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I love curry, but I only prepare one personally and it's a "quickie" to an extent (at least compared to some curries). It's also beef curry which is a little bit odd:

2 pounds well-trimmed boneless beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 large onions, sliced
6 whole cloves
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 cinnamon sticks
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 large tomatoes, quartered
3 tablespoons Major Grey chutney
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Hot cooked rice

To prepare:

Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over high heat. Working in batches, add beef to pot and brown on all sides, about 7 minutes per batch. Using slotted spoon, transfer to plate.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same pot over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until tender and brown, about 7 minutes. Return beef to pot. Add cloves, garlic, cinnamon sticks, bay leaf and dried red pepper to pot; stir 1 minute. Stir in milk, tomatoes, chutney, lemon juice, ginger, curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until beef is tender, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours.

Uncover; increase heat to medium. Boil stew until juices are slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve over rice.

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