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Curry with orange / tangerine.
« on: August 11, 2019, 08:24 AM »
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When I ived in the UK my local curry house had a " chicken komala" on its speciality menu. It was essentially  a hot curry that contained orange / tangerine strips . ( Think the look of a thin cut marmalade). It had the usual pepper chunks and a slice of tomato.  I can't really say more about it as at the time  I was never going to go to the trouble of making a curry when I could order one from a fab place 2 minutes away.   

They say necessity is the mother of invention and this has certainly been true for me. I now cook a range of BIR curries to fill the curry void , but I would love to have a go at recreating my old favourite, I just don't know where to begin.  Has anyone eaten something similar? Does anyone know a good starting point to do something like this?  Every year I hold a "curry fest" for out friends in the village - who also are bereft of curry, this year I would really like to present an orange/ tangerine curry if someone out there can help point me in the right direction.

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Re: Curry with orange / tangerine.
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2019, 05:48 PM »
My guess would be to start with a half-decent chicken korma recipe and then add the fruit, possibly with a bit of orange juice and/or mango puree.


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Re: Curry with orange / tangerine.
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2019, 07:56 PM »
Not convinced that a korma meets the requirement of a hot curry, George. 

It was essentially  a hot curry that contained orange / tangerine strips.

I wonder whether a shatkora recipe might not be a better starting point.
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Re: Curry with orange / tangerine.
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2019, 09:16 PM »
I missed the word 'hot' so maybe start with a Jalfrezi instead, especially given mention of pepper and tomato pieces.


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Re: Curry with orange / tangerine.
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2019, 07:31 AM »
Have never heard of a that name and an internet search didn’t throw anything up.

I think it’s an uphill battle to recreate a match for any favourite dish from a particular restaurant, even if it’s one of the more common dishes. There’s just so much scope for using different ingredients, in different quantities and with different techniques.

I would be tempted to forget about trying to recreate a particular dish and just create a new dish, with orange in the flavour profile. Maybe take a jalfrezi recipe and try different quantities of orange zest, juice and maybe a couple of spoons of marmalade?

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Re: Curry with orange / tangerine.
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2019, 09:01 AM »
I too was unable to track down a "chicken komala", but I suspect that "chicken Kamala" is more likely, even though that too is seemingly unattested.  Kamala is a place in India, Komala does not seem to exist.

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Re: Curry with orange / tangerine.
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2019, 09:06 AM »
Im sure back in the 70's i often used to ask for a shikken maddrash lol,


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Re: Curry with orange / tangerine.
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2019, 09:17 AM »
Spikemini's recipe may be similar — whereabouts in the UK did you encounted this dish ?  He was writing from Buckinghamshire in 2012.
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Re: Curry with orange / tangerine.
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2019, 01:56 PM »
Thanks for the replies guys,

I have lookked online for anything  related to "Komala" And I guess as it was a chef's special it was a place he had visited or was born... who knows.  I've taken a look at the recipe link posted  (thank you!)  and while the idea of using orange juice, tomato ketchup and worcester sauce fills me with horror, I might just give it a try, I guess you have to  go there to come back in some instances.

Maybe I'll  start with a Jalfrezi and strip some oranges  - can't get tangerines until November.  and substitute some base gravy with orange juice. I'll have aplay and let you know how I get on. It was such a wonderful spicy dish and the bitterness of the tangerine skin worked beautifully with the spices.    The Indian was in Willenhall - near Walsall and we were spoilt for good curry houses. Recently they have taken it off the menu so I might drop them a cheeky email and ask if they can tell me what was in it. Can't hurt!
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Re: Curry with orange / tangerine.
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2019, 02:25 PM »
OK, found it now, listed under "Chef's Recommendations" :


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CHILLI PEPPERS
118 Lichfield Road New Invention Willenhall Willenhall WV12 5BB

Chefs Recommendation
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Chicken Komala
£ 6.95

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