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(Almost) instant chicken <whatever>
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:11 PM »
I used up the last of my KD-base/PT (made 13th December, and not been refrigerated since) yesterday, and after eating up the last of the inadvertently pre-cooked chicken I still had a reasonable quantity of sauce left, so I bought another couple of free-range breasts and made myself a very quick curry this evening.  I knocked up a fresh batch of g/g paste (this I do refrigerate), put a few glugs of Borderfields garlic-infused and chilli-infused rapeseed oils in my copper-bottomed stainless-steel 24cm frying pan, added a couple of teaspoons of the freshly-made g/g paste and a well-rounded teaspoon of Bassar curry masala.  Once the chillies in the masala were starting to smell cooked, I added one breast (cut lengthways and then into four on the diagonal),  sprinkled on a flat teaspoon of kala namak, then kept the breast pieces in motion until they were just firm, cooking at a medium temperature.  I then added some of the leftover sauce, which very quickly reduced, added some more, waited for it to reduce, then added the remainder, gave one final stir, put the lid on and left it while I fried a paratha.  The end results were superb — a real depth of flavour, and as good as any curry made entirely from scratch.

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Re: (Almost) instant chicken <whatever>
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2019, 10:56 PM »
Strangely I did almost the same (recipe wise) last night. Poached chicken thighs in base sauce for about an hour until the meat was just about falling off the bone. Then a good glug of oil, GG, methi and about 2TBS of bassar masala because there are virtually no spices in my current base sauce. Then the chicken went in along with the base sauce. As you say it had a real depth of flavour. And this was with a bassar that had no mustard oil in it, so it doesn't really qualify. The only thing I did notice was how salty it seemed to me but I don't have the packet to check if salt is a significant ingredient.
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Re: (Almost) instant chicken <whatever>
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2019, 11:07 PM »
I am a salt addict so I wouldn't have noticed the saltiness.  Mine does have mustard oil, but I'd need to try some without before I could say whether I could detect the difference. 

By the way, the Borderfield's infused rapeseed oil was an absolute bargain — it normally fetches £4 per 250 ml (only £2 from Ocado, but they don't deliver in this neck of the woods), but I paid only 58p for 125ml !  Needless to say I bought rather a lot at this price, since these days infused rapeseed is far harder to find than infused olive oil, and I really don't like cooking with the latter.

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Re: (Almost) instant chicken <whatever>
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2019, 01:12 AM »
Is it difficult to make your own garlic/ginger paste ?, I am using a bought one at the moment because I imagine making your own would be hard.

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Re: (Almost) instant chicken <whatever>
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 01:41 AM »
Easy as pie.  Take (in my case) 100 gm peeled ginger. 70 gm frozen garlic.  Cut the ginger into pieces approximating the size of the cloves of garlic.  Place in a blender (I use a Lidl 260 watt Silvercrest top-motor mini-chopper, currently in-store at £9·99) and blend at a medium speed.  When the cloves and ginger pieces start to fragment, add some good quality low-viscosity edible oil.  Continue to blend, add more oil, increase the speed, until you have something approaching a purée.  Decant from blender into sterilised jar, replace lid, store in 'fridge until needed.  There should be sufficient oil to ensure that raw garlic/ginger cannot easily come into contact with air within the jar.

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Re: (Almost) instant chicken <whatever>
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 01:53 AM »
You can buy huge jars of it (or smaller ones) cheaper than making it, especially at Indian grocers.  Fresh is best but I'm not convinced about it for G & G paste.
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Re: (Almost) instant chicken <whatever>
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2019, 11:16 AM »
I used to make it, 50/50 with some oil and water blended to a paste. Then freeze it in ice cube trays for storage.

But now I've got lazy as my Lidl  do jars of Garlic, Ginger, Garlic and Ginger pastes.

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Re: (Almost) instant chicken <whatever>
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2019, 11:25 AM »
But now I've got lazy as my Lidl  do jars of Garlic, Ginger, Garlic and Ginger pastes.

Do you happen to know whether any of these use vinegar (or acetic acid) as a preservative ?  The use of vinegar as a preservative is the main reason I avoid the use of commercial products.

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Re: (Almost) instant chicken <whatever>
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2019, 12:24 PM »
Ginger 42%, Garlic 42%, Water, Salt, Corn Oil
Acidity Regulator Acetic acid
Thickener Xanthan gum
Preservatives Sodium Metabisulphite, Sodium Benzoate.

To be honest in the small amounts used I don't think it makes much difference to final taste.
But of course fresh made is always better

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Re: (Almost) instant chicken <whatever>
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2019, 12:26 PM »
Interesting that they think that a thickener is necessary; I wonder why ...
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