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By the way, "The Lunchbox" is playing in Switzerland now. It's Ritesh Batra's newest film, starring Irrfan Kahn, in which a lunchbox supplier's mistake leads to a relationship between an accounts clerk and a lonely housewife (and lots of fine-looking meals) by way of notes tucked into the containers.
I must remember not to watch that.
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Re: ***The Great Big Indian Cooking Thread***

Thanks for the recs - I'm enjoying the Rick Stein DVD and I bought a bunch of stuff on Amazon, thanks to this thread! We love cookbooks too! We already had a gorgeous cook book called "the food of India" - it's published in the UK by Murdoch books. Some very nice recipes.

I also have some Hairy Biker recipes and I love to watch the amazing spice men on the bbc.

Incidentally, there is a small Indian-other Asian market in Winterthur with green chilies, okra and tons of spices, etc.
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Re: ***The Great Big Indian Cooking Thread***

Great thread, not sure if already mentioned but there is an online version of The Curry Secret here.

Thanks to Richdog for posting this on a previous thread.
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Thanks for the recs - I'm enjoying the Rick Stein DVD and I bought a bunch of stuff on Amazon, thanks to this thread! We love cookbooks too! We already had a gorgeous cook book called "the food of India" - it's published in the UK by Murdoch books. Some very nice recipes.

I also have some Hairy Biker recipes and I love to watch the amazing spice men on the bbc.

Incidentally, there is a small Indian-other Asian market in Winterthur with green chilies, okra and tons of spices, etc.
You're welcome, glad it came in handy for you!

I really love Rick Steins cookbooks... just bought his Eastern Odyssey book and that too is amazing. Hairy Bikers are also legends, such good and hearry grub.

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Great thread, not sure if already mentioned but there is an online version of The Curry Secret here.

Thanks to Richdog for posting this on a previous thread.
Indeed thanks for reminding me, I'll add it to the OP.
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Authentic Indian recipes do not taste the same as the stuff sold in a British Indian restaurant. This puzzled me for many years, until I found the Indian Restaurant Cook Book by Pat Chapman.
There you will find the "authentic British curry" taste. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Indian-Resta...+curry+Chapman
Just thought I'd add that I got hold of this book and had a quick read... I was then still reading 30 pages later. It is written very clearly and pleasingly, and I can't wait to try out the recipes in it... it really explains everything very clearly. Rick Steins India will be my go-to book for authentic "In India" curries, but this will very likely be my go-to for when I fancy something like a British curry house. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Re: ***The Great Big Indian Cooking Thread***

made a lovely "quick and dirty" tuna curry last night, as couldn't be arsed to defrost any of the usual meats, so just opened a tin and banged it in. It was lovely, in fact I think I actually almost prefer it to using chicken breast (not dark meat, which I love).

I just used:
  • 20-30g or so of Ghee
  • 1 onion (roughly chopped)
  • 4 large cloves of garlic (not fried, added to the sauce later, I much prefer the taste that way)
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 150ml or so water

Whole spices:
  • 0.5 tsp cumin seeds
  • 0.5 tsp cardamon seeds
  • 0.5tsp fennel seeds
  • 0.5tsp chilli flakes (optional, as then it get spretty hot)

Ground spices:
  • 1.5tsp Turmeric
  • 0.5tsp Garam Masala
  • 1tsp Cumin
  • 2tsp Chilli powder

To cook:
  1. Melt the Ghee and get it hot
  2. Add onions, cook for a few mins to soften, then add all the whole spices, then continue to fry until starting to brown
  3. Add the tuna and fry for a few mins to give it some flavour
  4. Add tin of tomatoes and mix thoroughly
  5. Add ground spices
  6. Add 150ml of water, or however much it takes until it has a more sauce-like consistency, but not watery
  7. Simmer for 20-30 mins, stirring occasionally (the great thing about tuna is that unlike chicken it doesn't dry out when boiled for a whle, so you can really get some good flavours in the sauce)
  8. Make some rice (I use 1tsp cumin seeds, 0.25tsp cardomon pods, 1tsp garlic powder, 0.5tsp onion powder and 0.5 tsp salt to give it some flavour)
  9. Serve up and enjoy

Eating the second half tonight. Yum.

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By the way, "The Lunchbox" is playing in Switzerland now. It's Ritesh Batra's newest film, starring Irrfan Kahn, in which a lunchbox supplier's mistake leads to a relationship between an accounts clerk and a lonely housewife (and lots of fine-looking meals) by way of notes tucked into the containers. My husband laughed when it was over because he knew I would want to head for the nearest Indian restaurant, which we did.
Oh, the movie was very well appreciated in India. Not at all typical Bollywood. Waiting for it to be released here in the Suisse Romandie. Really worth watching.
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Re: ***The Great Big Indian Cooking Thread***

Well, I just made what I consider to be the best, most delicious damn curry I have ever cooked. Recipe is as follows:

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Main ingredients:
  • 500g chicken breast, medium sized cubes
  • 125ml pot of greek yoghurt
  • 150ml water
  • 500g pureed tomatoes (I used a carton of pre-packaged as it’s all I had)
  • 2 large onions, blended or chopped very finely
  • 8 mid/large-sized cloves of blended or finely chopped garlic (yes, 8 whole cloves, this is the magic ingredient for me)
  • 200g frozen spinach (defrosted)
  • 30g Ghee

Spices:
  • 3tsp turmeric
  • 2tsp chilli powder
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • 1tsp salt
  • 0.5tsp pepper
  • 0.5tsp black cardamon seeds
  • 0.5tsp cumin seeds

First, get a bowl and put the chicken in it. Add the yoghurt. Sprinkle in the 0.5tsp ground pepper and 0.5tsp turmeric powder, gently mix it all together thoroughly, and then put it to one side for later. In retrospect, next time I will try and do this step the day before I cook the curry, as the yoghurt makes the chicken breast soft and juicy.

Heat the ghee and add onions. Fry the onions on a medium heat until starting to brown, and then add all of the remaining spices and mix them in with the onion. Add the tomato, garlic and spinach and gently mix it all together. Now add the water 50ml at a time until you have the sauce as thick as you want it… 100ml should be pretty thick, but 150ml is in my opinion the best consistency. Let the sauce simmer like this, covered, for 20 minutes to let the flavours develop.

Add the chicken covered in yoghurt to the pan, stirring gently until it is all mixed in with the sauce, then simmer, covered, for 20mins. Now start the rice, then simmer until the rice is cooked, which should be 10-12minutes or so for normal Basmati rice (I did my own “Pilau-style” recipe earlier in the thread.

Voila, now eat and enjoy!

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I really think this is the tastiest curry I have ever made… the garlic, while at first seemingly overpowering when you first add it, mellows a great deal and blends with the other spices to form a magnificent taste. The spinach adds some vitamins to the dish, along with some great colour and texture that makes it look a lot more complex than it is. The yoghurt made the chicken very soft and succulent, and avoided dry-out. I can only imagine the improvement to this dish when you use fresh tomatoes, and freshly grind your own spices (that will be my next step). Using lamb instead of chicken would also transform this dish to something truly spectacular.

This is the curry I will cook for dinner parties and to impress curry-loving friends.

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Re: ***The Great Big Indian Cooking Thread***

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Cn someone plz tell me where I can get fresh chicken on bone here. I live in St. Gallen. I used to get it at Wholefoods in the US and the butcher used to chop it inot smaller pieces too like we need for indian cooking but I only see seafood at the fresh counter here at migros.
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My search for a cheap and perfectly-sized spice jar has ended!

IKEA have these:

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Cn someone plz tell me where I can get fresh chicken on bone here. I live in St. Gallen. I used to get it at Wholefoods in the US and the butcher used to chop it inot smaller pieces too like we need for indian cooking but I only see seafood at the fresh counter here at migros.
Sorry bud I can't help you... have you tried the local butchers?

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Cn someone plz tell me where I can get fresh chicken on bone here. I live in St. Gallen. I used to get it at Wholefoods in the US and the butcher used to chop it inot smaller pieces too like we need for indian cooking but I only see seafood at the fresh counter here at migros.
The larger Migros and COOP all have butcher's counters as do the Manor food halls. They will chop chicken into whatever size you ask for.
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Stop! It's curry time...

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That is how I am spending my evening too, cooking curries for a girls night in tomorrow.

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That is how I am spending my evening too, cooking curries for a girls night in tomorrow.
They'll be even yummier after a night in the fridge, Lou!
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This guy's Youtube channel, Vahchef, is the best for Indian cooking
http://www.youtube.com/user/vahchef
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Re: ***The Great Big Indian Cooking Thread***

Made this for lunch yesterday.

Fish masala (plaice) with kachumbari salad.

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Would you mind sharing the salad recipe? It looks yummy.

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Fish masala (plaice) with kachumbari salad.
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Re: ***The Great Big Indian Cooking Thread***

Thanks. I have a Rogan Josh & a Chicken with Onions waiting in the fridge to be finished off this evening. All done from scratch, I even made my own ghee this time

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Would you mind sharing the salad recipe? It looks yummy.
Sure Lou. It's incredibly simple:

Kachumbari

1 Carrot, peeled & thinly sliced
2 Red Onions, peeled & thinly sliced
2 Tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 Cucumber, peeled & thinly sliced
1 Teaspoon chopped fresh Coriander leaves
1 Green Chili, finely chopped
1/2 Lime, extract the juice
Salt & Pepper

- Add all the vegetables and tomatoes to a bowl,
- Season with salt & pepper,
- Add the lime juice,
- Mix thoroughly and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
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Re: ***The Great Big Indian Cooking Thread***

I made a variation of Rick Steins favourite ever curry, "The Madras Fish Curry" the other day: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddr...ish-curry.html

I basically made the following adjustments:
  • Used 2 onions, finely chopped, as I love onions
  • Used cod fillets, sliced into chunks
  • Minced the garlic, chillis and ginger together
  • Used 4 fresh tomatoes (blended and drained of excess liquid) + 400mg can of chopped tomatoes (drained of excell liquid) + 25ml or so Rose Water
  • Used no curry leaves (didn't have any)

Bloody delicious, but warning it's pretty spicy (I did add extra chilli though). Still have a meal or two worth in my fridge, yum.
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