Sunday, October 01, 2006

Nice site

Thought I'd share this nice food site, not just recipes, called "a la carte".

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

As a curry lover I'm always searching for authentic recipes, anything to avoid those "just like mother used to make" sauces in jars on the supermarket shelves.
This is a good little one that I found on the web and is easy and quick to prepare. The quantity of chillies is rather vague as on the 2 occasions I've made it I've used 2 different types which I've grown in my greenhouse. I suggest you experiment as you know your own preference!

The recipe makes enough sauce for 2 generous servings.
• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil *
• 1 medium onion - finely chopped
• 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped
• 6-10 dried Bird's Eye chillies - whole (I use 10 which makes a hot curry) **
• 2 whole cardamon pods ***
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
• half teaspoon dry ginger powder
• half teaspoon turmeric
• half teaspoon concentrated tomato puree
• salt to taste
• 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves washed in a sieve and left moist for 10 minutes (optional, but they do give the curry that elusive "restaurant" taste)

1. Heat the oil over a highish heat and add the onions.
2. Stir fry for a few minutes then add the chillies and cardamons and fry for a few more minutes until the spices have increased in size.
3. Add the garlic, stir, turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 minutes (or longer if you've got the time).
4. Add the cumin, coriander, ginger and turmeric and leave to fry over a low heat for 2 or 3 minutes, stirring occasionally
5. Add about 10 fl.oz. hot water, the tomato puree and the salt and leave to simmer for 30 minutes. If you are using chicken then add it now, cut into bite size pieces. Stir the sauce from time to time and add a little hot water if necessary.
6. If you are using the fenugreek leaves add them 10 minutes before the end of the cooking. If you are making a chick pea curry add them now too. At the end of the cooking there should be hardly any liquid left just a thick, hot sauce.

©David Smith 1998

* I always use ghee instead of oil.
** As I've said, I used fresh chillies sliced into rings and seeds left in. The first time I used 4 green, hot chillies about 2" long and the second time 4 red ones which are milder but about 4" long.
*** I've always liked the rich perfume taste that cardamons bring to a dish so I used 4 whole plus about 6 split open for the seeds.

With a couple of rotis or a nan this made a satisfiying "authentic" chicken curry for me.

Monday, September 25, 2006

First Posting

Decided to be brave!