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A curry is any of a great variety of distinctively spiced dishes, best-known in Indian, Thai and other South Asian cuisines, but curry has been adopted into all of the mainstream cuisines of the Asia-Pacific area. Along with tea, curry is one of the few dishes or drinks that is truly "pan-Asian", but specifically, its roots come from India. Curry was later brought to the West by British colonialists in India from the 18th century.

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      24.02.2012 12:32
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      One of my favourite mild currys is butter chicken, and after a few different attempts I've finally found my perfect recipe for it. This is the recipe that I always go back to if I don't know what to cook and it's one that my friends and family regularly ask me to make for them. Although it's best suited to be eaten during the winter time, I still like to make it year round for a hearty, filling meal. Don't be misled by the name though, this isn't chicken slathered in butter, in fact, there is probably less butter than anything else in it, but I didn't name the dish so don't shoot me!
      This is in no way healthy as it does contain butter and cream, but boy it's yummy!

      Ingredients
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      3 cloves of garlic, crushed
      2 tbsp garam masala
      1 tbs turmeric
      1 tsp cayenne pepper
      pinch of salt and pepper
      1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
      2/3 cup ground almonds (this can be more or less depending on your own taste, I sometimes add a full cup as I like the texture)
      4 tbsp butter, divided into two groups of 2 tbsp
      1 onion, finely diced
      1 sweet potato, diced
      1 1/3 cup tomato sauce (this can be sauce or puree. Puree will make it a bit healthier but I like to use heinz ketchup as it's a bit sweeter)
      1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
      1/4 cup milk
      1/4 cup single cream
      2 large chicken breasts, diced

      Method
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      1) First of all, I like to prepare all of my ingredients before starting. Some people prefer to do this as they go, but I find it's easier and less messy to have my onions diced and chicken chopped before I start cooking!

      2) Gently boil the sweet potato for roughly 10 minutes whilst following the next few steps, this will ensure you don't end up with hard potato in your dish.

      3) Grind the garlic, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne pepper, oil, salt and pepper into a paste and set aside. You're best to use a mortar and pestle for this, but mixing it with a fork or a spoon will also work.

      4) Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large pan and add the onion when the butter starts to bubble. Saute the onion for 4 minutes then add the paste and ground almonds. Toss for 1 minute.

      5) Add the tomato sauce, yogurt, milk and cream to the pan. Combine and then bring to a simmer.

      6) Drain the sweet potato and add to the sauce. Add the chicken and then stir in the remaining butter. Simmer for 30 minutes. You may need to simmer for a little longer depending on how large your sweet potato chunks are as they can take a bit longer to cook through, don't worry though, you chicken absolutely will not dry out if you cook for a further 5-15 minutes.


      This recipe is particularly saucy so if you prefer less sauce, reduce the tomato sauce by 1/3 of a cup and only use 1/4 of a cup of greek yogurt.
      I like to make a full batch of this even if I'm eating alone as I can keep it as leftovers for when I need a quick, filling meal. I tend to portion it off into 6 good portions as this can be eaten alone for a meal without any necessary additions. Depending on your appetite, you may get up to 8 portions out of this, or as little as 4 if you're particularly hungry!
      To store, you can keep it the fridge in an airtight tub for 2 days, but if you plan on keeping it any longer then I suggest you freeze it. I've never kept it for more than 1 month, so I can't comment on how well it keeps and re-heats after that.

      To reheat from chilled - either place in a pan on the hob and gently reheat or pop it in the microwave on high for 1 minute 45 seconds.
      To reheat from frozen - defrost in the fridfe over night and then follow the above instructions. I've never tried heating directly from frozen before, but I imagine it would work quite well as there are a lot of frozen, microwavable curries on the go!

      Please only reheat each portion once. Reheating chicken multiple times is never a good idea!

      Thanks for reading!

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        12.09.2010 15:44
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        Easy make, good to eat

        One of my favourite meals is Japanese Curry, mainly with mushrooms and green beans. It is easy to do, tastes great and is different to more commonly eaten curries in this country such as Indian and Thai.

        Ingredients:
        1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
        Many vegetables can be used in this curry, I usually use mushrooms and green beans however, I have listed some alternatives as well.
        Mushrooms
        Green beans
        Yellow peppers, cut into bite-size pieces
        Salt and pepper to taste
        1 clove of crushed garlic
        1 small sliced onion
        4 cups water
        1 small block (125g) Japanese curry roux, available from supermarkets as well as speciality Asian food shops

        Preparation:
        Heat 1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in medium pan over medium heat. Lightly fry veg for a few minutes, or until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste, put to one side. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large pan over medium heat. Lightly fry garlic and onion until onion is tender which should take a few minutes. Stir-fry with onion for a minute. Add water, stir well, and simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes. Dissolve blocks of Japanese curry roux in the soup and stir lightly.

        The above makes about 6 servings but it is easily adaptable. I serve with rice, it is nicer with Japanese rice but doesn't really matter.

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        14.08.2010 16:09
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        A recipe for an authentic, tasty medium-spice Sri Lankan 'malu' or fish curry, adapted for salmon.

        This salmon curry is in Sri Lankan style - meaning it has a luscious, sweet-sour savoury South Asian flavour with a slightly thinner sauce or 'gravy' than the thicker, more heavy-set sauces typical of Indian curries.

        This dish has a gorgeous flavour and is not too spicy, being of medium strength spice heat. This can be easily adapted with the addition of coconut milk for a creamier, milder flavour (described below) or through the addition of more chilli powder or even chopped fresh red/green chilli during cooking or as a garnish for added kick!

        Salmon is easily one of the most popular seafood options in the UK and is famous for being high in essential omega-3 fatty acids, so makes fantastic brain food.

        For this recipe, either fresh or frozen salmon can be used, the best cut being salmon fillet which can be easily diced into bite-sized pieces. This curry compliments the delicious flavour of salmon brilliantly - and gives another option when deciding how to integrate more fish into your diet.

        All the ingredients can be bought from any good supermarket without too much fuss (or may already be in your store-cupboard) so shouldn't be hard to source and create for a low-effort dinner.

        Serves: 4
        Preparation time: 5-10mins
        Cooking time: 25mins

        ~*~* Ingredients: *~*~

        2 tbsp olive oil

        Approx 600g salmon (equivalent to 3 average fillet portions) - skinned and cut into chunks

        3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

        1 white onion, finely chopped or thinly sliced
        200g tomato puree/tomato paste

        1 tsp chilli powder

        1 tsp whole black peppercorns

        ½ tsp tumeric

        ½ tsp coriander power

        ½ tsp fenugreek seeds

        ½ tsp fennel (seeds or powder)

        5 curry leaves

        Pinch of salt

        (Optional: for a creamier curry and to reduce the spicy heat to a very mild version, add ½ cup coconut milk)

        ~*~* Method: *~*~

        1. Heat 2 tbsps of olive oil in a wide pan.

        2. Add the chopped garlic and onions, frying until golden.

        3. Add the following: curry leaves, fennel, fenugreek and whole peppercorns into the hot oil and heat for a few moments until the spices release their aroma.

        4. Add the tomato puree, turmeric, coriander, chilli powder and salt, stirring the onions until coated.

        5. Add half a cup of hot water and mix all the ingredients well to form the 'gravy'. If using coconut milk to give a creamier finish, add this at this stage. Cover the pan with a lid and bring to the boil for 10mins.

        6. Add the salmon chunks, stirring gently to ensure each fish piece is coated. Be very careful not to stir the curry too vigorously once the fish is added, as it is liable to break up if treated too roughly - you want to maintain the thick, satisfying chunks of fish in their original shape without disintegration.

        7. Simmer the curry for 15mins until the curry sauce has reduced and fish is cooked through.

        This curry is perfect garnished with fresh coriander and served with plain boiled rice, vegetable curry and a coconut sambal for a different texture and a truly authentic Sri Lankan flavour. Enjoy!

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          30.03.2010 00:25
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          Give it a try

          I am not a brilliant cook and am too lazy to follow recipes that take loads of preparation or work. My ex boyfriend used to make this a lot so I stole the recipe from him when we were together. My family love it and it makes me look clever. It is a very simple recipe and can be made to serve as many people as you want by adding more or less chicken.

          Preparation - 5-10mins
          Marinated time - as long as you have, over night is best but even a few hours works well
          Cooking time - depends on how creamy and mild you want the sauce but between 10 & 20 mins

          2 green chillis - de-seeded
          1 red chilli - de seeded
          Juice and grated rind on 2 limes
          Juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
          1-2 chicken breasts per person (I normally use 4 chicken breasts for 3 people)
          1 large handful of fresh basil (I normally buy a plant in the supermarket)
          1 large handful of fresh coriander (same as above)
          a lemon grass stalk
          1 can of coconut milk

          Put the chillis, rind and juice of the lemon and limes and the fresh coriander and basil into a food processor and turn on high for about 2-3 minutes until it is all finely chopped and mixed together. This is the basis of your sauce and can either be used straight away or put in a jar and kept in the fridge for up to a week. Chop your chicken breasts and place in a bowl with a lid. Mix the chilli mix into the chicken and put the lid on. Place this in the fridge to marinate for as long as you want. The lid will prevent the smell coating your fridge. Stir occasionally. Place the chicken into a very hot wok and stir until the chicken is cooked. Stir in the coconut milk. Bash the lemon grass stalk to release the flavour and use it to mix the curry in the wok. Allow to simmer until the coconut milk has evaporated a bit. The longer you leave it the less sauce you will have the and spicier it will be, I normally do it for 5-10 mins.

          I serve it with jasmine rice that can be bought from the supermarket (prepared following their instructions) and a naan bread. You can use any kind of rice you prefer. Enjoy!!

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          03.07.2009 23:23
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          Absolutely delicious to feed the family or friends

          Here is my favourite incredibly simple curry recipe!! It is made by Jamie Oliver as part of his Pass It On Challenge last year. I have made this for around 20 people at different times and every single one has thoroughly enjoyed it - Bon Apetit!!

          Serves 2

          **Ingredients**

          2 naan breads
          1 fresh red chilli
          ½ a cucumber
          1 lemon
          1 lemon
          4 tablespoons natural yoghurt
          Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
          A few sprigs of fresh coriander
          2 x 200g salmon fillets, skin on
          Scaled and bones removed
          1 heaped tablespoon Patak's tandoori curry paste
          Olive oil

          **Recipe**

          1. Preheat your oven to 110°C/225°F/gas¼.
          2. Pop your naan breads into the oven to warm through.
          3. Halve, deseed and finely chop your chilli.
          4. Peel and halve your cucumber lengthways, then use a spoon to scoop out and discard the seeds.
          5. Roughly chop the cucumber and put most of it into a bowl.
          6. Halve your lemon and squeeze the juice from one half into the bowl.
          7. Add the yoghurt, a pinch of salt and pepper and half the chopped chilli.
          8. Pick the coriander leaves and put to one side.
          9. Slice each salmon fillet across lengthways into three 1.5cm wide slices and use a pastry brush or the back of a spoon to smear the tandoori paste all over each piece.
          10. Heat a large frying pan over a high heat.
          11. Once hot, add a lug of olive oil, put the salmon into the pan and cook for about 1½ minutes on each side, until cooked through.

          **Serving**

          1. Place a warmed naan bread on each plate.
          2. Top each one with a good dollop of cucumber yoghurt and 3 pieces of salmon.
          3. Scatter over a little of the reserved cucumber, chilli and coriander leaves and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice.

          Recipe taken from Jamie's Ministry of Food

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            13.04.2009 15:45
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            Easy peasy curry which is convnient when you're in a hurry!!

            This is the quickest curry recipe I know of and is really easy to do. Its brilliant to do this during the week if you want a quick but tasty and nutritious meal, it never fails with my family!! You can't really go wrong with it.

            So this serves 2 people but can be easily doubled/halved.

            Ingredients include:
            2 tbsp curry paste (I use patak's orignial balti curry paste)
            1 onion, finely sliced
            200g/8oz large raw or cooked prawns, defrosted if frozen
            400g can chopped tomatoes (I use morrisons own value - works brilliantly!)
            large bunch fresh coriander, leaves and stalks chopped

            So the easy peasy method:
            1.)Drizzle some oil from the curry paste jar into a wok or large frying pan and gently heat.

            2.) Add onion and sizzle over low heats for about 4 minutes util the onion has softened.

            3.)Stir in the paste and cook for a few minutes longer.

            4.) Stir in prawns and chopped tomatoes and simmer until the prawns are cooked through.

            5.) Season, add the coriander just before serving with boiled rice and naan bread.

            Simple as that.

            There are 166 calories per serving, 4g fat of which 1g is saturated. Counts as one of your 5 a day and is a good source of iron and vitmin C.

            Minimum shopping, maximum flavour.

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              A quick and authentic spicy masala curry

              CHATPATA HOT EGG MASALA -A quick and scrumptious curry
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              I always love the versatility of egg as it provides me umpteen opportunity to try and innovate with minimum fuss and bother.Last weekend I tried this quick spicy curry for my friends and they liked this.Their delight ensured that this chatapata curry is going to be a frequent item in our kitchen for quite some time from now.

              So let me take you through the trick of the trade:

              Note for you:
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              Preparation Time: 15 minutes
              Cooking Time: 15 minutes
              Serves: Four (If you decide not to finish all by yourself

              What you need:
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              a) Eight large eggs - hard boiled, peeled,halved
              b) Three table spoon sunflower oil
              c) Half table spoon cumin seeds
              d) Three large onions chopped
              e) One table spoon ginger garlic paste
              f) Three table spoon tomato sauce
              g) Half table spoon turmeric powder
              h) Half table spoon chilli powder (You can take more if you want to spice it up)
              i) Two table spoon salt
              j) Three table milk or cream
              k) Four or five green chilli chopped
              l) Handful of coriander leaves chopped

              How to prepare :
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              1. Heat the oil in large pan and add cumin seeds.as soon as they darken

              2. Add chopped onions and cook to soften

              3. Add ginger garlic paste and tomato sauce and stir.

              4. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder spices, salt and blend till mushy

              5. Gently place the eggs in curry and pour milk or cream over it .

              6. Add some water and heat through a low temperature for sometime

              7.Now sprinkle coriander and chopped green chilli to embellish the dish

              What is next:
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              Your chatpata hot egg masala is ready to be served with naan, chapatti or steamed rice. I wish this quick and easy to make curry will suit your taste buds Enjoy...............

              I have received great appreciation from you whenever I have come up with a recipe.Hope this is not an exception.

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                16.03.2009 17:32
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                Delicious and filling, healthy, cheap, well you get the picture.

                Beef Curry
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                Recently cooked this for my wife and I and it was surprisingly simple.
                A delicious beef curry, not with too many frills but just right.
                It will easily serve 2 and takes about 45 minutes, which includes the prep time as well!

                Your Ingredients:
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                200g stewing beef.
                1 red pepper.
                1 onion.
                1 Tablespoon of curry powder.
                1 Tablespoon of Tomato Puree.
                1 tin of chopped tomatoes.

                Optional:
                1 clove of garlic

                Cooking:
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                1. Chop the beef into cubes, about 1 or 2cm square and brown them off in a pan for about 5 minutes
                2. Add the chopped onion and pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes. (Garlic can also go in here but as we are both not a fan we missed this out).
                3. Add in the tablespoon of Curry powder and stir in.
                4. Add in the tin of toms and the Tomato puree.
                5. Simmer gently for a further 20 to 25 minutes.
                6. If it begins to thicken up a bit too much add in some boiled water. (Some people put in coconut milk but we like it more curryish (is that even a word?))
                7. After 45 Minutes serve piping hot.

                Serve with either popadoms or some boiled rice. (Which you can be doing whilst the curry simmers)

                Optional, Mango Chutney on the side.
                No chips!

                A healthy meal which is low in everything.

                Sorry do not know salt, fat sugar etc content but it will be low.

                Extra:
                You can leave the onion and pepper in big pieces if that's to your taste.

                Cost less than a £5, except the rice which was already in the back of kitchen cupboard.

                Greg

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                  12.03.2009 18:30
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                  A easy, fool-proof curry which tastes great!!!!!!!!

                  Sometimes, nothing but a curry will do. The only thing that normally puts me of from making one at home, is (a) the smell of it lingering for days later, and (b) it never tastes as good as a shop purchased one.

                  Finally however, I found a recipe that is easy to make, and tastes pretty close to something from a take-away! The only difference is, is that you control the fats and what meat goes in! An because this is created with NO ready made packet mixes, or "curry powders", or my nemesis the sauce in a jar curry. (yukkk!!!) its relatively healthy!!!!.

                  My personal favourite amongst the numerous curry recipes out there is Chicken Tikka Masala, and the below recipe is an absolute doddle to make!!

                  So without further ado, this is what you do:

                  2 Chicken breasts diced (or equivalent quantity of Quorn!)
                  A drop of sunflower or vegetable oil.
                  1 small red chilli (de-seeded and chopped)
                  Pinch of Chilli powder
                  1/4 tsp of Cumin powder
                  200g of tinned tomato
                  50-75 ml of water
                  1/2 tsp Turmeric
                  2 tsp Garam Masala
                  2 cloves of Garlic sliced up or crushed.
                  Pinch of Salt an Pepper to taste.
                  A nice finger sized piece of fresh ginger, skinned and sliced.
                  1 medium sized onion sliced.
                  50-100ml of Yoghurt.
                  Fresh Coriander leaves chopped up (about a handful)


                  Method:
                  You fry the onions, add the garlic, ginger and chilli, cook for about 2 minutes. You then add all the spices, cook for a further 2 minutes, next add the tomatoes and water, and gently simmer for 5 minutes.

                  Add all of these ingredients to a food blender/liquidizer and whizz them up into a smooth thick curry "soup" put to one side!

                  Next fry the chicken or quorn in some hot oil, brown them, or slightly burn, then pour the previously made curry "soup" over the top. Cook this for about 20-25 minutes. Finally add some Yoghurt, and the chopped coriander leaves!

                  Serve with Basmati rice, and/or with Chapatis! This can be made purely with vegetables if you wanted instead! Enjoy!!

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                    25.02.2009 16:22
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                    A very easy dish to make.

                    My friends visited Thailand for their honeymoon, upon their return they invited us round for tea as they had attended a Thai cookery day and wanted to cook the recipes for us that they had learnt!

                    Im not really a fan of very hot Indian curries and had never tasted Thai curries before. My first reaction to her Thai green curry was that it was very hot indeed, but although it was hot it was a different heat to Indian curries, I found this more bearable and very delicious indeed!

                    I am now addicted to Thai green curries and eat them all the time! I decided that I would get the recipe from my friend so that I could cook it at home; here is the recipe that I use:

                    Ingredients:

                    1 cup coconut cream
                    2tbsp green curry paste
                    150g chicken breast
                    1.5 cups coconut milk
                    200g eggplant
                    2-3 Kaffir Lime leaves
                    2tbsp palm sugar
                    1-2tbsp fish sauce (be careful as very strong!)
                    Half a red chili
                    Half a cup of sweet basil leaves.

                    Most of these ingredients can be purchased in your local supermarket; the eggplant is an aubergine for those not familiar with it. If you cannot find palm sugar then brown sugar can be used as a substitute. I had to purchase the kaffir lime leaves at my local Chinese supermarket, where all the other ingredients can also be located. Once you stock up on these ingredients you will find that they last you a while.

                    How to make:

                    - Boil the coconut cream over a low heat until the surface looks shiny and oil appears.
                    - Add the curry paste and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
                    - Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes then add the coconut milk.
                    - Bring to a boil then add the eggplant and kaffir lime leaves.
                    - After eggplant becomes soft season with palm sugar, fish sauce and add chili.
                    - Add the sweet basil leaves at the last moment and stir, remove from heat and serve on freshly cooked rice.

                    The first time I made this I followed the instructions to the letter and found that it was very hot indeed, far too hot for my liking, therefore the next time I made it I added less of the fish sauce and curry paste and also removed the seeds from the red chili, I then found that this was a more manageable heat, although was still hot!

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                      18.01.2009 17:53
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                      Shallow fried potatoes

                      Bombay Potatoes - to me this has always been fried potatoes and a dish we tend to eat every week. Have no idea why my brother has this with tomato sauce, like he does with many other dry dishes. I prefer it with fresh raita that cool spiced yogurt and cucumber mixture. In summer I love this with a slice of ripe mango.

                      Bombay Potatoes

                      Ingredients:

                      4 medium Red potatoes
                      2 tbsp of corn oil
                      ¾ tsp of mustard seeds
                      ⅓ tsp of turmeric
                      Salt to taste
                      1-2 tsps of green masala (Grind green chillies, garlic and ginger into tiny pieces)
                      1-2 tbsps of coriander leaves

                      Method:

                      1. Peel and chop potatoes into small cubes.

                      2. Heat oil in a frying pan, when oil is hot put mustards seeds into the pan and let them pop.

                      3. Popping over, put your potatoes into the pan and give it a quick stir to coat the oil and mustard seeds on the potatoes. Cover and let your potatoes cook in the steam at a low heat. Keep checking you potatoes give them a quick stir if they begin to stick to the pan, if you feel it is sticking a bit too much to the pan then add a little oil.

                      4. Check the potatoes see if it is partly cooked, you should be able to cut into a piece of potato easily. Now to season the potatoes, sprinkle salt to season, turmeric, and dependant on how hot you want this dish 1 - 2 teaspoons of green masala.

                      5. Mix the seasoning well and cover and let it cook further 5- 10 minutes until the potatoes are cooked. Potatoes appearance will be yellow in colour and will have little crispy edges.

                      6. Garnish with Coriander leaves and serve with pickle and chapattis

                      (Some people use red chilly powder instead of green masala but my dad is allergic and I find the powder ends up making the corners of my lips sore, so I tend to avoid it)

                      Tips:

                      A spatula is probably the ideal utensil to use as it helps you scrap it off the bottom of the pan and stir the potatoes.

                      Onions can be added to this dish. Sliced red onion is added after you put the potatoes in and are cooked at the same time. At the end of the dish it becomes fried onions giving a hint of its taste.

                      Baby or Jersey potatoes can be used with their skin on, just scrub clean and quarter them.

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                        A healthy curry with loads of possibilities

                        My other half and I are definite curry lovers and up until very recently made them at home using a variety of ready made sauces.

                        The sauces are not only expensive but they are also not that good for you and are often high in sugar and calories. Vindaloo sauces, our personal favourite, contain really high levels of fat, which is not good as fatty foods tend not to agree with me although I love it.

                        In a bid to save money, and have more healthy curries the decision was made to make our own, which is easier said than done. Cooking a curry from scratch involves a whole range of ingredients including garam massala, paprika and cumin amongst many others.

                        A half way house is to buy a curry powder, made up of all the different types of spices in tried and tested ratios and use this as a starting point. Since we like a hotter curry the powder of choice was the Natco hot madras powder and my turkey curry recipe is as follows;

                        ****Ingredients****

                        ---Curry---

                        The following will serve a large portion for two or a small portion for three:

                        2 large potatoes
                        1 medium sized onion
                        2 large cloves of garlic
                        400g of diced turkey (or 2 turkey breasts)
                        1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
                        4 heaped teaspoons of Natco hot madras powder
                        2 level tablespoons of plain flour
                        1 pint of hot water

                        ---Chapatti---

                        Plain flour
                        Water

                        ****Method****

                        Par boil the potatoes, drain and then leave to one side for later.

                        Chop the garlic cloves and the onion. I generally finely chop the garlic (in my opinion there is nothing worse than biting in to a big piece of garlic) and leave the onion coarse since I like larger pieces of onion to bulk the dish up, although how coarse or fine the onion and garlic is chopped is down to personal preference.

                        Put a very small amount of vegetable oil in a non-stick wok and gently heat on the hob. Add the garlic and onions and gently cook until soft. It is important not to burn the onion or garlic. If you do I would recommend that you start again as you will be able to taste the burnt onion in the finished dish, even with the other powerful ingredients.

                        Add the turkey and madras powder and cook for around 5 minutes stirring frequently. The turkey is merely soaking up the aromatic curry powder at this stage. It is not being cooked.

                        Add the plain flour, tin tomatoes and potatoes. Hot water should be added to cover all the ingredients. Cook on a high heat until the contents of the wok starts to bubble, reduce the heat right down (I turn it down to number 2), put a lid on and then simmer for an hour.

                        The chapatti is made mixing the flour and water to make dough. I have never bothered to measure out the ingredients and intend to grab a handful of flour and use that as a starting point. Once the dough is made roll out in to a flat shape that is approx half a centimetre thick.

                        The chapattis can be cooked under the grill or in the oven. I tend to lay the chapatti on a non-stick tray and cook at 200 degrees C until brown.

                        ****To serve****

                        Serve the curry on a bed of rice with a home made chapatti.

                        ****Notes****

                        I find that turkey really picks up the curry flavour, although any meat can be used. A vegetarian alternative is to use mushrooms, cauliflower and additional potatoes.

                        Since the tomatoes are only used to provide a base and bulk up the dish I use Tesco value chopped tomatoes. With all the other powerful ingredients you are not going to taste the tomatoes and I can't see the point in spending lots of money on premium brands.

                        If you want a 'hotter' curry then I find that adding a chilli pepper is better than adding more curry powder. The curry powder contains a lot of different ingredients and increasing these provides an over powering taste rather than just increasing the 'heat', therefore adding a chilli is best.

                        ****Conclusion****

                        The above recipe will give a tasty, very healthy (compared to jar sauces) and cheap curry.

                        Curry making is all about personal preferences, therefore each individual should adjust the ingredients used and the quantities for their own tastes. Producing the 'best' curry will take experimentation and time, but it is well worth it in the end.

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                          04.01.2009 23:27
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                          Have a go at these make your own naan to go with your homemade curry

                          I'm posting this in curries as if you can rustle up a curry these naan are THE most excellent I have ever tasted.


                          I came across this recipe one day when I'd planned to make curry (patak's paste) and found out I had run out of rice. I was having "one of those days" and it actually proved easier to have a quick google and bung the ingredients in the breadmaker than drag two kids to the supermarket. I am no domestic goddess really - the recipe is really not that hard.

                          It is not my own recipe - I hope it is ok to post someone else's as long as crediting them...this recipe can be found on www.allrecipes.com - I don't know who Mic is but good job Mic!

                          Here is the recipe:

                          " INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
                          7 g active dry yeast
                          235 ml warm water
                          50 g white sugar
                          45 ml milk
                          1 egg, beaten
                          10 g salt
                          615 g bread flour
                          6 g minced garlic (optional)
                          55 g butter, melted


                          DIRECTIONS
                          In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
                          Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
                          During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.
                          At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared. "

                          It works very very well in a breadmaker if you have one - it sounds complicated but realy isn't. I just bung the garlic at the start and roll them out straight from the breadmaker. NB the butter is for cooking and not for putting in the mix.

                          The first time I cooked this my husband said "where did you buy these from they are great! " - I cooked them for a neighbourhood party and everyone loved them.

                          The quantity suggested makes quite a lot of bread but they freeze really really well, you can make them in advance and warm through and they will taste restaurant good!

                          These Naan are really cheap to make and taste much much nicer than the ones you can buy. If you are trying to cut down on the takeaways my top tip is to buy some patak's balti paste, make some of these with or without a breadmaking machine and you have got yourself a curry night!

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                            01.12.2008 22:05
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                            So easy, anyone can make one

                            Man I love a good curry, on a Friday night with tonnes of Naan bread and a beer or 3, its the perfect way to end the week and start the weekend, and of course is even better with good friends around you to share the fun.

                            Going to a good curry house is wonderful of course though these days I enjoy making my own at home, this way I can chuck in whatever ingredients I like and adjust the heat depending on how I'm feeling and who I'm eating the curry with.

                            When I eat out I love a chicken tikka bhuna but when cooking a curry at home I like to use quorn and occassionaly beef. I recently discovered a recipe for chickpea and carrot curry which is absolutely gorgeous even for me, a confirmed meat lover and is very easy to make.

                            To make a the curry you simply need to add a tin of chick peas to two tins of chopped tomatoes, a chopped onion, 4 chopped large carrots, a chopped red pepper and some medium curry powder. I put the whole lot into a large casserole dish then cook in the oven for just over an hour. It all reduces down and goes gorgeously thick and fragrant.

                            The carrot and chickpea curry is cheap as chips and wonderful as a weekend family treat

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                              23.11.2008 04:02
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                              love this for when im super hungry!

                              I love curry, especially the Indian variety; every time I'm quite hungry, I know a curry can sort me out and is usually the first meal I think about.

                              I've tried a few types over the years, I don't mind the Thai green curry prepared with chicken and perfumed rice. It's a nice, quite mild, distinctive tasting curry.

                              I've also tried Chinese curries and these are usually medium spiced but not actually hot to me. I've tried these with king prawn friend rice and had the curry on the side as a sauce as the meal is a bit dry without it and I must say it's not too bad.

                              Quite a few common ingredients of my favourite Indian curries are cumin, tumarik and coriander. I like a lot of the tomato based sauces too.

                              I have to say however, out of all the curries I've tried, Indian curries have been the best! I love the korma, which is very coconutty and creamy tasting. It's very mild and smooth, easy to eat and is overall considered as a girly dish. I occasionally opt for this but I'm more into hot and spicy if I'm honest.
                              I love chicken balti madras; this is a spicy chicken curry that's tomato based with loads of herbs and spices and I usually have this with pilau rice and a coconut filled nan bread. I also like chicken byriani madras, which has the chicken fried in with the rice and the sauce on the side, this is usually a smaller dish as the chicken already comes with the rice and with the other dishes you get them separately.

                              I'll try pretty much anything but these just have to be my absolute favourite curries

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