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Traditional Indian Restaurant Recipes => Traditional Indian Recipes => Topic started by: madpower on October 02, 2019, 03:26 AM

Title: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: madpower on October 02, 2019, 03:26 AM
Even though i know nobody will try this recipe which is a shame because it is so damn good i just had to post it in the hope someone will,it beats all my local Ta's ,i dont think they will be seeing me again,there is a lot more depth of flavor,trust me you will be glad you put in the effort and once you have made it you will see it is not as complicated as it might sound ,this recipe is enough for 2 to 3 servings

firstly you need to make some crispy onions,so thinly slice one medium sized onion and cook in 1/2 cup of veg  oil in a saucepan on a medium heat until dark brown,remove from oil and set aside
in the same pan fry 2 large onions gently with lid on until soft and golden,put the onions along with the oil into a blender and liquidize until smooth and set aside

This is the important bit,i learned from a pro chef the secret to getting maximum flavor out of whole spices is not to stir them,if you do then the flavor will not be there,add to a clean saucepan enough veg oil just to wet the bottom,add 1 tblsp of finely diced onion sprinkled all over the oil,now drop in 4 green cardamon pods,3 cloves,break some cinnamon stick length ways and add 3 pieces about 2 inch long and 1 star anise  and a tej petta leaf spread apart,cook this on a very low heat until the onions are light brown,i try to cook for about 20 mins before sprinkling in a few crushed black pepper corns and coriander seeds,a pinch each of fennel and cumin seeds along with the seeds from 3 green cardamon,again do not stir,gently fry until the onions are a dark brown,now add 1 tblsp of gg paste and a desert spoon of green chilli paste and a sprinkle of red chilli flakes ,give it 1 gentle stir and cook the pastes out gently,take of the heat and you can now add the rest of your ingredients which are salt to your taste,a squeeze of lemon juice,a desert spoon of chopped fresh mint,tblsp of chopped coriander herb,3 tblsp of natural yogurt,1 tsp each of turmeric,cumin,coriander,1/2 tsp each of chilli powder,curry powder ,fenugreek leaf and garam masala,also add the brown crispy onions give it a good stir and cook this very gently for 15 mins before adding the liquidized onions with the oil,cook for 5 minutes before adding sliced tomato,pre cooked onion chunks ,pepper,chicken add a dash of water if to thick and cook for further 10 mins,finish of by stirring in 1/2 tsp each of paprika and garam masala,remove the whole spices before serving

like i said it is not as complex as it sounds,i do hope someone cooks this i cant see any curry lover not loving this one
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on October 02, 2019, 07:14 AM
It all sounded very good, MP, until I reached the yoghurt & mint, and then I began to have reservations.  In your opinion, how essential are these to the success of your dish ?  I appreciate that it would be a different recipe if they were omitted, but it would be closer to my personal taste.

** Phil.
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: madpower on October 02, 2019, 09:24 AM
Hi phill,i start all my traditional curries off using the same technique with the diced onion and whole spices and i always end up with more quality curries than ever before,so i would give it a go without the mint and yogurt but i would replace the yogurt with fresh tomato to cook the ground spices in,you dont get the taste of the mint but it certainly gives the sauce something i would go ahead with it,i think you will be surprised,to be honest if i made the curry for you i dont think you would be able to tell that it had mint or yogurt in it,i can tell if other curries contain yogurt but not this one
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on October 02, 2019, 11:05 AM
Fair enough — in that case, next time I cook a curry I will make this one with no modifications and then report back,
** Phil.
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: madpower on October 02, 2019, 05:37 PM
Good on you,cant wait to hear back
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: Secret Santa on October 02, 2019, 09:45 PM
It all sounded very good, MP, until I reached the yoghurt & mint, and then I began to have reservations.

I had the same thought, although the yoghurt doesn't phase me too much as that's an authentic curry addition. But might I suggest that, as I will if I get around to making it, you cook up to the stage where the mint and yoghurt are about to be added and at that point divide equally into two pans cooking one half with the additions and one half without? The contrast should be interesting.

Also this method bears a close resemblance to the one time I got a proper bhuna flavour to my curry. Something, despite repeated attempts, and much to my chagrin, I was never able to repeat.  :'(
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on October 03, 2019, 08:47 AM
Ah, "a proper bhuna" flavour.  THOSE were the days ...
** Phil.
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: madpower on October 03, 2019, 01:34 PM
Even though i know nobody will try this recipe which is a shame because it is so damn good i just had to post it in the hope someone will,it beats all my local Ta's ,i dont think they will be seeing me again,there is a lot more depth of flavor,trust me you will be glad you put in the effort and once you have made it you will see it is not as complicated as it might sound ,this recipe is enough for 2 to 3 servings

firstly you need to make some crispy onions,so thinly slice one medium sized onion and cook in 1/2 cup of veg  oil in a saucepan on a medium heat until dark brown,remove from oil and set aside
in the same pan fry 2 large onions gently with lid on until soft and golden,put the onions along with the oil into a blender and liquidize until smooth and set aside

This is the important bit,i learned from a pro chef the secret to getting maximum flavor out of whole spices is not to stir them,if you do then the flavor will not be there,add to a clean saucepan enough veg oil just to wet the bottom,add 1 tblsp of finely diced onion sprinkled all over the oil,now drop in 4 green cardamon pods,3 cloves,break some cinnamon stick length ways and add 3 pieces about 2 inch long and 1 star anise  and a tej petta leaf spread apart,cook this on a very low heat until the onions are light brown,i try to cook for about 20 mins before sprinkling in a few crushed black pepper corns and coriander seeds,a pinch each of fennel and cumin seeds along with the seeds from 3 green cardamon,again do not stir,gently fry until the onions are a dark brown,now add 1 tblsp of gg paste and a desert spoon of green chilli paste and a sprinkle of red chilli flakes ,give it 1 gentle stir and cook the pastes out gently,take of the heat and you can now add the rest of your ingredients which are salt to your taste,a squeeze of lemon juice,a desert spoon of chopped fresh mint,tblsp of chopped coriander herb,3 tblsp of natural yogurt,1 tsp each of turmeri and garam masala,a pinch of msg(optional)also add the brown crispy onions give it a good stir and cook this very gently for 15 mins before adding the liquidized onions with the oil,cook for 5 minutes before adding sliced tomato,pre cooked onion chunks ,pepper,chicken add a dash of water if to thick and cook for further 10 mins,finish of by stirring in 1/2 tsp each of paprika and garam masala,remove the whole spices before serving

like i said it is not as complex as it sounds,i do hope someone cooks this i cant see any curry lover not loving this one
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: madpower on October 03, 2019, 01:42 PM
I have slightly altered my recipe after making it again last night,i found it just does not need cumin coriander or curry powder,although it doesnt taste much different it seems a bit lighter which i prefer
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on October 03, 2019, 01:45 PM
Ah, a "work-in-progress" — I think I'd better hold off making it until you are reasonably confident that no further refinements will suggest themselves ...

** Phil.
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: Secret Santa on October 03, 2019, 04:20 PM
Ah, "a proper bhuna" flavour.  THOSE were the days ...

You just don't get it nowadays do you Phil? It was what made it my favourite curry. Now, any old curry cooked 'til it's thick passes for bhuna. Well, it passes right by me 'cos I ain't fooled!

I miss the old days.  :'(
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: Secret Santa on October 03, 2019, 04:23 PM
Blimey, that's a pretty substantial change madpower! You're only left with turmeric, methi and garam masala as the main spicing. Nowt wrong with that I suppose but, yeah, pretty big change.
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on October 03, 2019, 04:41 PM
That's a bit unfair, Santa — after all, MP's idea is predicated on the use of whole spices, and those haven't changed in his new version ...
** Phil.
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on October 03, 2019, 04:44 PM
You just don't get it [bhuna] nowadays do you Phil? It was what made it my favourite curry. Now, any old curry cooked 'til it's thick passes for bhuna. Well, it passes right by me 'cos I ain't fooled!

And you don't get chicken chat, either (at least, not as I knew and loved it — cold chicken with cucumber, and a unique, unlike-anything-else, flavour).  Now it's just chicken tikka in a naff sauce, served hot  :(
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: madpower on October 04, 2019, 01:43 AM
That will be it phill,i was confident enough to take some for my brother who always gives me his honest opinion,he said its delicious and wants the recipe and he is hard to please.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
 yea guys i remember a proper old style bhuna,i had a good conversation with a chef who was getting on a bit and he said they use a lot more ingredients than they used too,they didnt use gg paste or tomato sauce,i asked about the base and he said it was basically a completed curry and they would just add extra spices to whatever dishes you were ordering,if i ordered a bhuna,rogan josh and jalfrezi from my local they would all look and taste the same apart from a few chillies
Title: Re: beautiful chicken curry
Post by: ELW on October 04, 2019, 10:02 PM
Ah, "a proper bhuna" flavour.  THOSE were the days ...

You just don't get it nowadays do you Phil? It was what made it my favourite curry. Now, any old curry cooked 'til it's thick passes for bhuna. Well, it passes right by me 'cos I ain't fooled!

I miss the old days.  :'(

The owner /chef of a restaurant I used to buy t/a 's from told me a bir bhuna sauce gets its flavour from  extra ginger/garlic & tomato puree, in comparison to other dishes, less gravy & reduced, always has been?
He's well into his sixties & been at it all his working life
Point taken about variations & chaat, as with any boom, the cowboys inevitably move in
ELW