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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby jonesthecurl on Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:42 am

This would be a side dish. Usually I'll serve one or two meat dishes, one rice, one potato, one bread (usually naan), two or three vegetables, depending on numbers.
For two people, i'd do one meat one rice one verg.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby sam_levi_11 on Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:56 am

i feeeeeelllll huuuuunnnngrrrryyy.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby StiffMittens on Sat Jun 13, 2009 1:39 am

jonesthecurl wrote:This would be a side dish. Usually I'll serve one or two meat dishes, one rice, one potato, one bread (usually naan), two or three vegetables, depending on numbers.
For two people, i'd do one meat one rice one verg.

I've tried making garlic naan twice in the past and failed miserably both times. Do you make your naan from scratch? If so, what's your recipe?
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby jonesthecurl on Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:33 pm

Yes, I do - the commercially available ones aren't that good.
I'll post a recipe tomorrow - right now I'm preparing for tonight's dinner guests.
Although in complete contrast I'm cooking French tonight - the main course will be Boeuf Bourgignonne, with a veggie version for the curlette.
Some of the guests are Dutch, I believe.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby 2dimes on Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:02 pm

You must put up tips also. My wife just can't get naan right. Fourtunatly there is a pakistani take out place that does the best we've had for a buck a piece. (I supose that's expensive for bread but it's fresh naan and the rest of the food is great and inexpensive) I think it might be the flour.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby DAZMCFC on Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:40 am

2dimes wrote:You must put up tips also. My wife just can't get naan right. Fourtunatly there is a pakistani take out place that does the best we've had for a buck a piece. (I supose that's expensive for bread but it's fresh naan and the rest of the food is great and inexpensive) I think it might be the flour.



that is not expensive. for a garlic naan from a curry house over here is between 1 pound 30 and 1 pound 60.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby CrabNebula on Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:47 am

jonesthecurl wrote:Beat me to it. In fact "Masala" is a word meaning "Mixture of spices". I don't know what "Garam" means - a place name maybe?


"Garam" means "Hot" in Hindi, so "Garam Masala" translates to "Hot Spices".
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby jonesthecurl on Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:48 am

CrabNebula wrote:
jonesthecurl wrote:Beat me to it. In fact "Masala" is a word meaning "Mixture of spices". I don't know what "Garam" means - a place name maybe?


"Garam" means "Hot" in Hindi, so "Garam Masala" translates to "Hot Spices".


thank you for the info.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby PLAYER57832 on Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:03 am

Any good recipes for Naan? I have a so-so one in a cookbook and what I can find on the internet, but a personal reference always helps.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby jonesthecurl on Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:58 am

I promised a naan recipe before, didn't I? Sorry for the delay.

OK: first, the best naan is made with live yoghurt, not yeast. If you can't get that to work, or if you can't get live yoghurt, use yeast, but add a little plain yoghurt to the mix.

Secondly, if you can get it, the flour should include about a half "ata" flour. This may be called "roti" or "chapatti"flour. If you can't get it use a good wholemeal.

So: 12 oz stong white flour, 12 oz wholemeal/ata. Put it in a warm bowl and add the yoghurt to a well in the centre. Gradually work it into the flour with enough warm water to make a firm dough. If you've overdone it, work more flour in.

Knead the dough well, put it back in the bowl, leave it somewhere warm for a coupla hours until it's doubled in size.
Now knead it again, deflating it until its back to its original size.

Break it into 4-6 pieces and shape them. Flat and oval - if you want a really authentic touch, you should stretch them almost like pizza dough.

Now assuming that you don't have a tandor, the best way to cook them is under the broiler (that's "grill" to UK types - here a "grill" is what they call a bbq).

You want it very hot - turn it on and leave it on until it's thoroughly warmed and will cook evenly.

Brush one side with melted ghee (clarified butter) - if you haven't any, butter will do. But you can also clarify it yourself (warm it up gently in a pan, skim off the stuff that rises to the top, let it cool again). Sprinkle this with poppy seeds, and/or sesame seeds and/or onion seed. Put it under the broiler until it looks right - you will see brown bits appearing, that's good but don't let 'em turn black. Turn the naan over, brush the other side with ghee and sprinkle with seeds and cook that side.

This gives you a plain naan. If you want a garlic naan the easiest technique is simple to add a good quantity of garlic to the ghee or butter.

If you want peshawar, keema, etc, you will need to fold the naan carefully around the filling. If it's something that should be cooked, cook it first.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby jonesthecurl on Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:00 am

Incidentally, should you have vegan dinner guests, use yeast (assuming they don't consider yeast to be animals) and replace the yoghurt with thick coconut milk, and the ghee with a vegetable ghee or peanut oil.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby PLAYER57832 on Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:36 am

jonesthecurl wrote:I Secondly, if you can get it, the flour should include about a half "ata" flour. This may be called "roti" or "chapatti"flour. If you can't get it use a good wholemeal.

Is this a wheat flour or some other grain?


If you use whole wheat flour, should it be somewhat course or rather fine.. that is, more like cornmeal?

I found references, but nothing that explained the consitency.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby jonesthecurl on Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:07 pm

It's to do with the amount of gluten I think - the "ata" is coarser, and a stoneground wholemeal is a good substitute. It's probably to do with whether the husks are left in or taken out.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby sam_levi_11 on Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:10 pm

Wow, you really are knowledgeable on curry. Pretty amazing.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby jonesthecurl on Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:14 pm

you must have some good curry places in your area, Sam.
have a chat with the people in the kitchen (not the owner) - you could learn a lot.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby sam_levi_11 on Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:43 pm

jonesthecurl wrote:you must have some good curry places in your area, Sam.
have a chat with the people in the kitchen (not the owner) - you could learn a lot.
Yeah, there are quite a few good ones, i might just do that.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby jonesthecurl on Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:33 pm

So, do people want more recipes?
and if so, do you want quick ones or more like the raan?
I have a kicking beef one with so much spice in it's frightening, which cooks for a long long while and is amazingly mild at the end of the process.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby StiffMittens on Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:54 pm

jonesthecurl wrote:So, do people want more recipes?
and if so, do you want quick ones or more like the raan?
I have a kicking beef one with so much spice in it's frightening, which cooks for a long long while and is amazingly mild at the end of the process.

I'd love to see more recipes. Truthfully, I'll probably never make raan, but having that recipe gives me ideas to experiment with other dishes. So I'd be interested in seeing recipes for more involved, exotic dishes. But if you have some quick and easy ones, I'd love to see those too.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby CrabNebula on Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:12 am

"Ata" normally refers to coarser wheat flour, the one made by including husks as jonesthecurl said. While the fine wheat flour, also called Maida is normally used to make "Paranthas" and "Pooris", though it is an all purpose flour.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby Pedronicus on Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:41 am

I'd like more recipies. It will drive my girlfriend mad that I have CC open, to refer to, when cooking.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby Neoteny on Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:54 am

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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby sam_levi_11 on Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:46 pm

Pedronicus wrote:I'd like more recipies. It will drive my girlfriend mad that I have CC open, to refer to, when cooking.
Haha yer i know what you mean!

Also yes id love more recipes, as although the raan sounds gorgeous, ill probably never make it myself, more likely find a takeaway that does it haha. But yer, id like more recipes, and ill choose one of the ones to make maybe.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby DAZMCFC on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:45 am

Pedronicus wrote:I'd like more recipies. It will drive my girlfriend mad that I have CC open, to refer to, when cooking.



you play a dangerous game Pedro.
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby StiffMittens on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:48 am

DAZMCFC wrote:
Pedronicus wrote:I'd like more recipies. It will drive my girlfriend mad that I have CC open, to refer to, when cooking.



you play a dangerous game Pedro.

What better way to spice up the romance?

Spice up? Sorry for the bad pun. :oops:
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Re: I'm going out for a curry

Postby PLAYER57832 on Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:58 pm

jonesthecurl wrote:So, do people want more recipes?
and if so, do you want quick ones or more like the raan?


More please!

I will likely be able to try quick ones with readily available (US) ingredients sooner, but any recipe is welcome.
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