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Chicken Tikka Dhansak - For Southerner's :)
« on: July 07, 2012, 01:10 PM »
This is how I remember Dhansak served down south of the border, not a scrap of pineapple in sight, but a hot, smokey, lemony, sweet & sour dish with lentils.

I have used Dylan's recipe from back in 2005 but have tweaked it to include Massur Dhal instead of just lentils. Omitting the Ketchup and adding paprika for that smokey taste.

Hope you enjoy :)

Ingredients
1 portion of cooked chicken tikka
300ml base gravy
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 medium onion (quartered, brushed with oil, stuck on a skewer and barbecued) or finely chop and stick in a tin on the bbq to smoke for 30 minutes
2 oz Massur Dhal
2 tsp extra hot chili powder
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp spice mix
1 tsp methi (fenugreek leaves)
½ tsp hot smoked paprika
½ tsp sweet smoked paprika
2 tsp sugar (light muscovado)
Juice and zest of half a lemon
1 tsp tom puree
Fresh coriander
2 tbsp veg oil
Salt to taste

Method
Finely chop the onion (I then put this in some foil and smoked on the bbq for around 30 minutes

In a frying pan heat the oil over a medium flame.

Fry the onion until soft, add the garlic and cook for around 1-2 minutes until the garlic has softened.

Add the curry powder, chili powder, spice mix, methi, paprika, sugar and salt and cook for around 30 seconds.

Add the tomato puree and stir in. Be careful at this stage because all the chili and paprika powder suddenly rose up and hit me in the back of the throat causing me to cough and my eyes water :)

Add a ladle of base and mix in and reduce. Add another ladle of base and mix in, again let reduce.

Add the rest of the base lemon juice and zest.

Add the Massur Dhal and stir in.

Add the chicken tikka and cook through (or chicken or lamb, or whatever you are using).

Add a sprinkle of fresh coriander.

Serve :)






« Last Edit: July 07, 2012, 03:10 PM by 976bar »

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Re: Chicken Tikka Dhansak - For Southerner's :)
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2012, 02:09 PM »
I like the ketchup in my spiced onions, but I wasn't too sure of it's inclusion in a curry. Worth a try, certainly, but I do like the idea of the paprika to create the smokey sensation. I've still some of the Massur Dhal left, so I might just give this a whirl for tomorrow's dinner. It's Lentil City in my house this weekend lol! :)


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Re: Chicken Tikka Dhansak - For Southerner's :)
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2012, 09:34 PM »
Is the Ketchup used in place of tomato puree in KD's recipe?


I like the idea about the smoked paprika but also the Muscovado sugar, I wonder what other sugars could be used  such as demerara etc.


Looks lovely Bob. :)

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Re: Chicken Tikka Dhansak - For Southerner's :)
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2012, 11:45 PM »
Hi Bob, That looks the dogs ;) I had my first Dhansak last bank holiday whilst visiting family down South. To be precise Rye, East Sussex, and I am now a converted "Hot, Sweet & Sour freak ;D". Will knock this one up tomorrow  ;)
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Re: Chicken Tikka Dhansak - For Southerner's :)
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2012, 07:42 AM »
Is the Ketchup used in place of tomato puree in KD's recipe?


I like the idea about the smoked paprika but also the Muscovado sugar, I wonder what other sugars could be used  such as demerara etc.


Looks lovely Bob. :)

Hi Mate,

I don't think this was KD recipe but was in the Dhansak section on the forum.

http://www.curry-recipes.co.uk/curry/index.php?topic=325.0

I just adapted it a little. I thought I would use tomato paste in the main dish and just try it this time round without the ketchup, but will make it again and try another few tweaks as I still think the dish can be improved somewhat.

I guess you could try different sugars, I should have used Jaggery but had run out and I find plain white refined sugar gives it the wrong kind of sweetness for me.

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Re: Chicken Tikka Dhansak - For Southerner's :)
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2012, 07:27 PM »
I made this dish tonight according to spec, using Abdul Moded's base gravy and spice mix. What can I say? The smokey, lemony heat is incredibly moreish and is possibly the best dish I have made from this forum.

The Garlic Chilli Chicken comes close, but this, for me, is a brilliant and simple adaptation of the OP's recipe and is undoubtedly my favourite curry to date.

I'm now in a quandary, because almost everything I've tried has been really, really good in it's own right! I think I'll need to start using a blindfold and a pin to choose what I make next! :D


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Re: Chicken Tikka Dhansak - For Southerner's :)
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2012, 07:56 PM »
I'm glad you liked it Mr Naga :)

I plan to try this with different dhals including CA's which include the Ketchup, but feel that I will need to reduce the sugar levels to avoid it becoming too sweet. :)


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Re: Chicken Tikka Dhansak - For Southerner's :)
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2012, 08:53 PM »
Well, bizarrely enough, I noted your dissatisfaction with the white, granulated sugar and planned to use palm sugar instead, but before I knew it, the white sugar was in** and the palm sugar remained in the cupboard! It was still a great meal, but I WILL try palm sugar the next time.

**probably the 2 pints of 8% home brew fiery ginger beer during preparation had something to do with it lol! :)

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Re: Chicken Tikka Dhansak - For Southerner's :)
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2012, 09:52 AM »
Interesting recipe 976bar and this difference regional difference in dhansak recipes is something which really interests me. I'm on a bit of a personal quest to recreate what I know as a dhansak, ie the dhansaks Ive been eating in the south east for the past 20 years.  So of course I was interested in your recipe and haven't yet tried it, but straightaway the colour is "wrong" (measured against my expectation of a dhansak) because it's red rather than yellow/brown. In common with every other dhansak recipe I've seen posted or videod you've included tomato purée and for me this doesn't belong in a dhansak, neither does pineapple. But of course as we know there are many different dhansaks, perhaps more varied than any other dish on the menu?

Maybe I just need to get in the kitchen and experiment more to create what I'm looking for, but the pale brown almost yellow colour of the dishes I remember tells me there was never tomato in that dish.  Well anyway it's not intended as criticism of your recipe, just that my search goes on ;)

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Re: Chicken Tikka Dhansak - For Southerner's :)
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2012, 11:03 AM »
976 that looks great - I love the idea of the barbecued onion. Must try this.
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