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Lets Talk Curry / Re: Do you give restaurants a 2nd chance?
« on: February 12, 2014, 02:12 PM »
My policy is simple. If I experience poor service or quality then I never go back. Same with takeaways. Luckily I cook most currys myself so it's rarely been a problem.

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Tandoori and Tikka / Re: Chicken Tikka - better than the BIRs
« on: October 19, 2013, 09:32 AM »
Made this twice now and it's simply the best I've ever tasted. Used the chicken in a tikka madras with absolutely superb results!  :)

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I just read in  my local paper that the Shozna in Strood (Kent) has just picked up another award for quality. This is an amazing restaurant, although in a poor location with no decent parking facilities (just over Rochester Bridge), the service and quality of food is simply wonderful. My personal favourite is the Naga Chicken, which is a superb contrast between heat and flavour.

Barry

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Just Joined? Introduce Yourself / Re: What a brilliant site!
« on: April 08, 2007, 06:06 PM »
Hi Lorrydoo

I too have found many condradictions from my own experiences but have faith and try them anyway - I have learnt to trust them!

Anyway, welcome and enjoy!

Barry

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Lets Talk Curry / Re: How Do BIRs Make Their Curries Hot?
« on: April 08, 2007, 05:58 PM »
I find that adding chilli powder gives an immediate heat to a curry, but if you add a combination of powder and fresh chillis at the right point during cooking, the resultant heat is much "deeper" and flavourfull.

I rarely use the fresh green chillis typically bought in the Indian grocers, and prefer to use home-grown chillis of my own. I have found that the addition of a Habenero chilli or two adds a fantastic taste to a hot curry and give it real depth that actually is an improvement to a BIR curry. I have also tried adding some lemon chillis that provide significant heat whilst maintaining exquisite flavour.

As a confirmed chilli-head I must say that its not just about the heat - its also about the taste. In my experience it is absolutely possible to cook a very, very hot curry and keep it tasting great!

Barry

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Lets Talk Curry / Bad things come in three's
« on: April 02, 2007, 01:17 PM »
What did I do to deserve this!
I just knew my day was going to be bad when I turned on the shower first thing in the morning and was rewarded with a horrible squeeling noise and no water! So my first job of the day was to jump in the car and get down to the local plumbing shop to buy a new power shower. An hour later I was ?180 lighter but much cleaner!

We had planned to have guests later that evening and you guessed it - I was going to cook one of my "famous" homemade curries. So at 5 o'clock I prepared all of the ingredients and put the onions, garlic, ginger, etc in my 5 month old Cuisinart electric wok to boil up. Ten minutes later I checked the mix to find it had heated to lukewarm before the wok switched itself off. After much cussing I had checked electical connections, fuses, etc and deduced that the element had burned out! :'(

Not to be put off by a second disaster I cracked another beer and transferred the sauce mix to another container and started again. A while later I was ready to transfer the boiled mix to the blender and thought to myself, "I'm now running late so I won't bother letting it cool for a while". Big mistake.

The first batch poured into the plastic blender jar created cracks in the side...
...sip of beer.
The second batch poured into the plastic blender jar created a light seapage...
...open another can.
The third batch poured into the plastic blender jar caused a small stream to flow down the side of the blender, across the worktop and down onto the floor...
...several more sips.
The final batch poured into the plastic blender jar resulted in hot curry sauce being deposited all over the worktop, wall, the dog and myself! ;D

Get the wine from the fridge, open it and pour into a 1/2 pint mug!

We finally sat down and ate our chicken vindaloo & vegetable rogon around 9:30 PM and I guess that the only consolation was it was remarkably tasty, given the disasterous circumstances! Of course by that time everyone had consumed much alcohol and we all saw the funny side of it.

Barry ;)

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Curry Web Links / Re: Scorchio
« on: March 07, 2007, 01:02 PM »
Also take a look at:

http://www.hot-headz.com/acatalog/

Used them loads of times. Good service and quick delivery.

Barry

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Just Joined? Introduce Yourself / 25 wasted years!
« on: March 07, 2007, 10:02 AM »
For the past twenty five years one of my favourite hobbies has been cooking Indian food, and during that time I have amassed dozens of books on the subject. The results I have experienced could mostly be described as satisfactory, but never have I produced anything like the quality of meal usually experienced in a decent restaurant. No longer.

Having stumbled upon this site literally by accident last weekend, I have discovered an online resource that puts the recipe books to shame. What a site!

Being a lover of fiery curries I decided that I would give the chicken vindaloo recipe (Vindaloo 2) from Curry King a go. So yesterday I went to my local Indian grocers armed with my shopping list, then on to the off-licence for the obligatory supply of beer!

After a very enjoyable time spent dilligently following CK's recipe, cooking the curry and drinking the beer, I sat down with my wife and son to enjoy the result. And what a result! This was without doubt the best curry I have ever made, and I would go so far as to say it would even challenge our local restaurant!  :o

I froze the spare gravy and can't wait for Friday night when I shall be trying a variation of CK's recipe, maybe adding some sliced fresh green chillis from the grocers and a couple of whole habaneroes from my own crop (another hobby of mine).

So a massive thanks to Curry Recipes Online!

Barry

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Trainee Chefs / Beginners Questions / Re: Spices online?
« on: March 06, 2007, 12:54 PM »
Thanks George

I use an asian grocer now but they don't always have some of the spices and fresh produce that's mentioned in the recipes. I can usually get what I need if I visit a few different grocers though, and simply wanted to make life easier. Oh well, I'll continue supporting the local stores rather than deal with the giants like Asda and Tesco.

Cheers, Barry

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Hi everyone

This is probably a daft question but are there any UK websites where you can buy spices and maybe fresh ingredients online?

Barry

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