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Chicken Curry from 1993
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:34 PM »
In a recent post about Balti, I recounted how I had taken evening classes on Indian cookery. Well here is the typed recipe we were given that I still have, 28 years later.  Took the course at Monkwearmouth School in Sunderland and now posting from home in North Carolina.  Funny where life takes you.



I remember my dish came out more salty than I liked and looking at the recipe I?m not surprised. 2 - 3 tsp salt? 

The hand written notes are mine which I added that matched the actual times we ended up taking for each stage.  I might give this a bash, just for posterity.

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Re: Chicken Curry from 1993
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2021, 05:45 PM »
That doesn't look too shabby, as it goes-I'll give it ago next week. Looks like-at worst!-a good basic chicken curry (and you can never have too many recipes for them, right?). Cheers!


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Re: Chicken Curry from 1993
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2021, 06:23 PM »
Looks pretty good to me, Robbo, and looks as if it has some informed input, although I am not convinced that someone from the sub-continent would have wanted the chicken pieces skinned.  Were they left on the bone, do you recall ?  Anyhow, well retrieved from the filing system !  Oh, and for my taste, 2

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Re: Chicken Curry from 1993
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2021, 07:59 PM »
A lot of Indian videos show the use of skinned chicken, particularly tandoori style but I've seen it done in curries as well.  I think this looks like a pretty standard chicken curry which should be a nice dish and a good starting point to make a nice meal. I'd go with 2 tsp salt (level) or 1 rounded, and taste it towards the end.
Cinnamon at 3-4 is quite a lot if it is whole sticks. 3-4 inches in 1 stick maybe. Or is it 3-4 pieces of cassia bark (Cinnamon)?  Do you remember what this was Robbo?

I'll be happy to give this a try.


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Re: Chicken Curry from 1993
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2021, 08:21 PM »
For tandoor use, skinned would indeed seem to be order of the day.  But I am less convinced in the context of curries.  Certainly in the "real" Indian restaurants that I know in the UK (not BIRs, restaurants targetted primarily at clients from the sub-continent), on-the-bone and skin-on is the norm in my experience.

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Re: Chicken Curry from 1993
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2021, 08:44 PM »
Cheers guys, certainly a blast from the past.  The chicken would have definitely been skinless, probably breast at the time, although I default to thighs these days.  I also agree 3-4 cinnamon is too much too, but I bet I put 3-4 sticks in there.  Rajnee was an intimidating woman, I dared not deviate!  I?m pretty sure I still have the Dum Aloo she had us make documented somewhere and will try and dig it out.

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Re: Chicken Curry from 1993
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2021, 12:15 PM »
It reminds me of that 1970s curry house menu that floats around the internet...couldn't find it on here, but god knows what name it's under! Iif I recall, all its chicken dishes were thigh, and if you wanted breast meat, that was 25p more  :like:


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Re: Chicken Curry from 1993
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2021, 12:40 PM »
This one, Onions ?  It is pre-1995, since in that year the exchange code changed to 0121.  Possibly 1960s, given 48p for a chicken curry.


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Re: Chicken Curry from 1993
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2021, 01:49 PM »
Nice one! That's certainly the kind of thing-possibly even earlier than I was thinking-breast meat only 5 p more?! And doing Chinese food too, is actually quite modern. Was it common then, d'you know?

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Re: Chicken Curry from 1993
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2021, 01:51 PM »
I remember my dish came out more salty than I liked and looking at the recipe I?m not surprised. 2 - 3 tsp salt? 

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Doing this later today. As you say, I'll be reducing the salt (!!!) and raising the chilli powder, but apart from that, it's time to wheel out the Dolorean!


 

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