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Offline Bob-A-Job

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Removing Whole Spices - when?
« on: April 21, 2019, 11:50 PM »
This feels like the right section to ask this question.

I have alway removed Cinnamon bark quite early and made sure to remove all Bay Leaves and Black Cardamom at the end of cooking.

My son asked me to make a Chicken Keema as he had eaten it at a friend's house.  I found a recipe belonging to a blogger (I can supply if anybody is interested) and gave it a whirl.  The result was note quite what he wanted ("Too much going on" was how he described it) and whilst I agreed, I am coming around to it but I never removed the Cloves or Green Cardamom and occasionally I am biting into something that is not altogether palatable.

So, do you remove these whole spice and if so, at what stage of cooking?

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« Last Edit: April 22, 2019, 01:09 AM by Bob-A-Job »
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Re: Removing Whole Spices - when?
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2019, 10:48 AM »
Hi BAJ, personally I leave green cardamom seeds in as for the larger whole spices I take them out prior to serving with the exclusion of rice if they have been used to flavour the rice, I tend to leave them on top of the rice as a dressing where it’s easily removed.


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Re: Removing Whole Spices - when?
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2019, 11:09 AM »
Hi BAJ, personally I leave green cardamom seeds in as for the larger whole spices I take them out prior to serving with the exclusion of rice if they have been used to flavour the rice, I tend to leave them on top of the rice as a dressing where it’s easily removed.
Green cardamom I would never remove — I love the "flavour-bomb-exploding-in-the-mouth" sensation that they induce when scrunched into; cassia bark, tej patta, cloves, etc., I do my best to remove from rice, but might leave them in a curry.

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Re: Removing Whole Spices - when?
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2019, 11:19 AM »
Hi BAJ, personally I leave green cardamom seeds in as for the larger whole spices I take them out prior to serving with the exclusion of rice if they have been used to flavour the rice, I tend to leave them on top of the rice as a dressing where it’s easily removed.
Green cardamom I would never remove — I love the "flavour-bomb-exploding-in-the-mouth" sensation that they induce when scrunched into; cassia bark, tej patta, cloves, etc., I do my best to remove from rice, but might leave them in a curry.

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I remember crunching them in the 70’s  lamb Madras, I agree with the taste explosion Phil.

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Re: Removing Whole Spices - when?
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2019, 02:39 PM »
Bob, I use small tongs to remove the whole spices at the end of cooking. I usually warn the eaters to beware any that I missed, though  :)

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Re: Removing Whole Spices - when?
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2019, 05:59 PM »
Bob, I use small tongs to remove the whole spices at the end of cooking.

Interesting.  I use fine-tipped chopsticks as I find them easier to manipulate than tongs.  Large tongs for popadom are excellent,, but for small things such as whole spices I prefer chopsticks.

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Re: Removing Whole Spices - when?
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2019, 06:35 PM »
This feels like the right section to ask this question.

I have alway removed Cinnamon bark quite early and made sure to remove all Bay Leaves and Black Cardamom at the end of cooking.

My son asked me to make a Chicken Keema as he had eaten it at a friend's house.  I found a recipe belonging to a blogger (I can supply if anybody is interested) and gave it a whirl.  The result was note quite what he wanted ("Too much going on" was how he described it) and whilst I agreed, I am coming around to it but I never removed the Cloves or Green Cardamom and occasionally I am biting into something that is not altogether palatable.

So, do you remove these whole spice and if so, at what stage of cooking?

BAJ

Hi Bob-A-Job,

We always sieve out immediately after the sauce is finished.  Apart from sweet & sour sauce we keep ingredients in until next day.

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Re: Removing Whole Spices - when?
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2019, 07:29 PM »
Hi,.

It seems there is no right or wrong answer.  Some prefer them in, some try to get them out, some keep them separate in a bag and others sieve.  I guess it comes down to what they are and personal preference.

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Re: Removing Whole Spices - when?
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2019, 11:03 PM »
Bob, I use small tongs to remove the whole spices at the end of cooking.

Interesting.  I use fine-tipped chopsticks as I find them easier to manipulate than tongs.  Large tongs for popadom are excellent,, but for small things such as whole spices I prefer chopsticks.

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the tongs I have are about the size of my thumb, with pinch point about the size of a pencil eraser (the kind at the end of the pencil), so they are relatively fine.

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Re: Removing Whole Spices - when?
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2019, 08:14 AM »
Hi Guys

I use a spice ball.

Job Done!

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Mick


 



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