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Old 14.08.2020, 23:25
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Anyone found any spicy indian ready made sauces locally in Switzerland, Germany or France?

I just ate the last Tesco vindaloo sauce (more like madras level tbh) and probably won't be back to the UK to restock for a while.

I'm not holding out much hope...
Vindaloo is not supposed to be as hot as you think. It’s a southern dish, and is cooked using vinegar, garlic and spices; it’s sour. Britain has its own bastardized version of curries. ‘Like a madras’ is probably about right.

Speculation is that since the south of India was used as a port by the spice trade, and in particular the Portuguese, the wine that they travelled with was not yet fortified to last (where Port wine comes from) so as it turned into vinegar it was used for cooking. Vindaloo, vin (wine) + ahlo (garlic) vinahlo -> vindaloo...

If you want a proper curry, buy a saucepan and spices 😊
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Vindaloo is not supposed to be as hot as you think. It’s a southern dish, and is cooked using vinegar, garlic and spices; it’s sour. Britain has its own bastardized version of curries. ‘Like a madras’ is probably about right.

Speculation is that since the south of India was used as a port by the spice trade, and in particular the Portuguese, the wine that they travelled with was not yet fortified to last (where Port wine comes from) so as it turned into vinegar it was used for cooking. Vindaloo, vin (wine) + ahlo (garlic) vinahlo -> vindaloo...

If you want a proper curry, buy a saucepan and spices 😊
I like authentic Indian food very much (I've had a real vinegary Vindaloo in a Sri Lankan place in Tooting, London), but I'm equally fond of the bastardised british versions. Unfortunately I'm an awful cook, work long hours and have a baby so just wanted something quick and spicy in a jar - any ideas?
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Re: Missing my chilli heat ‘fix’

I hear you :-)

https://www.britshop.ch/product/list...20%26%20sauces

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Re: Missing my chilli heat ‘fix’

Another quick update: my large COOP now has their selection of chillis back. I got so excited that I bought way too much!
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Old 11.09.2020, 16:23
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Re: Missing my chilli heat ‘fix’

May I recommend COOP finest bird eye chilli powder.. In a little tin.

I sprinkle it on everything, wonderful nice heat..Quick substitute for real chillis.
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Old 11.09.2020, 16:45
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I got so excited that I bought way too much!
That's nothing. I've got 30 chilli plants on the go and seeds ready to plant in Jan.
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Re: Missing my chilli heat ‘fix’

I had the same problem when we first moved here. Where to get decent chillies in a country full of cheese? We cook lots of dishes with chillies and they need to be very strong. We use them in salads and cooked dishes and just to munch on with lunch. Yep, addicted.

Luckily, I discovered that every Migros has very, very good birdseye chillies from Thailand. They are red birdseyes, fresh and lovely fragrance and flavour. I’ve been using the Migros ones all through this year and only rarely saw them out of stock even during the lockdowns. The price for about 10-15 chillies in the pack is good.

I thought the COOP range of chillies to be pretty ordinary both for heat and flavour so we stopped using them.
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Re: Missing my chilli heat ‘fix’

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Save the seeds from a couple and plant them indoors in January
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Save the seeds from a couple and plant them indoors in January

Thanks. I might just do that!
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Thanks. I might just do that!
Do.
They take ages to grow, so you're best planting them in Jan, then harden them with a few hours a day outside when spring comes. Don't over water, give tomato feed once a fortnight in summer, and sit back. Just label them well so you're not an idiot like me and get your plants mixed up, which I did with the jalapenos and cayennes this year.
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