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i got the anardana at the chinese store i visited for the first time today, had a very random assortment of indian ingredients. plus more amchur powder.

forensic plumber (harbl), Friday, 20 March 2020 21:59 (one year ago) link

Threw out a whole, unopened packet of amchur powder last night bc full of MOTHS. THE WASTE.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Friday, 20 March 2020 23:22 (one year ago) link

i have looked for amchur powder at three different Indian grocery stores and haven't found shit, so I bought the pomegranate powder and am about to make another large batch of chana masala because i have a 4 lb bag of dried garbanzos that aren't going to cook themselves

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:16 (one year ago) link

That seems weird that three places would not have had it. In demand!

Yerac, Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:23 (one year ago) link

I don't really know what sort of packaging I am looking for and I haven't asked for help either -- nor did I google to see what packages look like.

wait i just googled -- it's the same as asofoetida powder?!!?!?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:29 (one year ago) link

no not the same thing, right?!
i am confused
even after googling i don't think i have seen amchur powder in the stores i have shopped in and they are for sure the sort of places that would have such a thing.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:30 (one year ago) link

it is NOT lol

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:45 (one year ago) link

it has a very unassuming appearance and should come in a bag. every indian store should have it. i can mail some to you?!?

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:46 (one year ago) link

i'm going to make chana masala tonight too. maybe a naan.

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:48 (one year ago) link

i'm probably just looking in the wrong place -- i should have googled to see what it looks like after i failed to find it the first time but here i am!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:56 (one year ago) link

wrong place in the store i mean

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:56 (one year ago) link

when i bought it in an indian store in london it was actually just labeled mango powder instead. You should ask at the counter, they might have it in a weird bulk bag.

Yerac, Sunday, 22 March 2020 21:07 (one year ago) link

i found amchur powder last weekend hanging out near asafoetida and other spice type things. i had never tasted it before—pretty cool stuff!

call all destroyer, Sunday, 22 March 2020 22:09 (one year ago) link

after hearing about the moth incident i'd advise against buying bulk. could mess up your whole pantry. = unasked-for $.02
xpost

medicate for all (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 22 March 2020 22:58 (one year ago) link

i think bulk means by the pound in this context

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 23:04 (one year ago) link

i was just thinking it not being packed in a commercial container. I've never had pantry moths. Is this a common thing?

Yerac, Sunday, 22 March 2020 23:30 (one year ago) link

i had them once about 10 years ago because they got into a bag of pumpkin seeds. then i realized they were elsewhere. a lot of vacuuming up moths and throwing out food.

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 23:35 (one year ago) link

reporting back about the anardana: tasty but i should look for the powdered form. these are the actual seeds and they were not grindable with mortar and pestle.

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 23:37 (one year ago) link

Huh, the stuff I found was already powdered/pulverized.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 22 March 2020 23:38 (one year ago) link

yeah, i forgot to check when i was at the indian store and saw this at the chinese store (indian brand) and grabbed it not thinking too hard about it. i'm sure the indian store has the powdered form.

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 23:39 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

this look intersting, will try soon https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017746-meera-sodhas-chicken-curry
my mistake reading the comments but idiots are arguing about how "authentic" it is. i will paste in case ppl get paywalled (i don't pay & don't understand why the recipes sometimes work for me and sometimes don't).

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or ghee
1 tablespoon neutral oil, like canola
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cinnamon sticks, approximately 2 inches long
2 large white or yellow onions, peeled and finely chopped
1 2 1/2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated or minced
6 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
2 green cayenne or jalapeño peppers, stemmed, seeded and cut into half-moons
Kosher salt, to taste
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons puréed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
3 tablespoons whole-milk yogurt, plus 1 cup to serve with the meal
1 ¾ to 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
3 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 teaspoon garam masala
Pinch ground cayenne pepper, or to taste.

PREPARATION
Melt the butter or ghee in the oil in a large Dutch oven set over medium heat, and when it is hot and shimmering, add the cumin seeds and cinnamon sticks. Cook for a minute or two, stirring often, to intensify their flavors, then add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they are golden, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, put the ginger, garlic and peppers into a mortar and pestle with a pinch of salt, and smash them together into a coarse paste. (You can also do this on a cutting board, with a knife.)
Add the paste to the onions, and cook for 2 minutes or so, then pour in the tomatoes, and stir. Allow to cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, then add the tomato paste, ground cumin, ground turmeric and another pinch of salt, and stir to combine.
Add the yogurt slowly to the mixture, using a wooden spoon to whisk it into the sauce. It may be quite thick. When it begins to bubble, add the chicken. Lower the heat, put the lid on the Dutch oven and allow the curry to cook gently for 30 minutes or so, or until the chicken is cooked through. Add the almonds and the garam masala, along with a pinch of cayenne, and cook for 5 minutes more or so. Serve with basmati rice or naan, and the additional yogurt.

contorted filbert (harbl), Sunday, 9 August 2020 19:09 (nine months ago) link

i am missing BIR-style indian food a lot, so i've become a big fan of this guy http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC95tDLezE8WD3p3tBRBVjfw

true BIR-style because everything he makes starts with the same gravy, which he keeps in the freezer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbW2NyoXVts

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 9 August 2020 19:21 (nine months ago) link

i would like to can a curry base like that. there aren't any recipes in the standard tested canning sources so i need to convert a spaghetti sauce recipe or something.

contorted filbert (harbl), Sunday, 9 August 2020 21:35 (nine months ago) link

cute channel lol. he'd benefit from a pressure cooker for this task imo!

contorted filbert (harbl), Sunday, 9 August 2020 21:52 (nine months ago) link

meera sodha is fantastic, her books are wonderful and in constant use in this house

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Sunday, 9 August 2020 21:58 (nine months ago) link

five months pass...

mr veg accidentally bought an 8 pack of canned chickpeas (instead of black beans)

so i’ve been exploring “660 Curries” chickpea curries chapter & picking ones to try.

this week will be chickpeas in coconut sauce

AND, most excitingly, finally acquired fresh curry leaves at an asian market today for the first time ever — have never been able to find them so v excited to up my curry game now

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 10 January 2021 22:52 (four months ago) link

i love 660 curries. iirc the chana masala recipe was a bit complicated? i may not rc though. but there are a lot of good, simple ones out in the universe. and curry leaves are awesome!

superdeep borehole (harbl), Monday, 11 January 2021 00:59 (four months ago) link

harbl do u know this blog?

https://myheartbeets.com/recipe-index/#all

got instant pot recently and was thinking of trying a chana tn

flopson, Monday, 11 January 2021 01:51 (four months ago) link

i found that blog when i was looking for IP recipes!

call all destroyer, Monday, 11 January 2021 02:09 (four months ago) link

i have this one bookmarked which means i probably cooked it tho it would have been in the blurry early pandemic days and i can't say i remember it. https://myheartbeets.com/instant-pot-green-chicken-curry-hariyali-chicken/

call all destroyer, Monday, 11 January 2021 02:09 (four months ago) link

i think i had curry with curry leaves for the first time, like, last winter? revelatory

map, Monday, 11 January 2021 03:22 (four months ago) link

xxxxp: re: chickpeas, i made the confit tandoori chickpeas seen here the other night - https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/jul/11/yotam-ottolenghi-chickpea-recipes-confit-tandoori-polenta-chips-parmesan-braise - and they were so so good, and so so easy. just throw everything in the pot and chuck it in the oven. like, don't even fry anything beforehand. big recommend.

just sayin, Monday, 11 January 2021 03:27 (four months ago) link

oh that recipe looks good

call all destroyer, Monday, 11 January 2021 03:36 (four months ago) link

otm that look awesome

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 11 January 2021 03:47 (four months ago) link

let me take this opportunity to say that terminators of endearment makes me smile every single time i see it

call all destroyer, Monday, 11 January 2021 03:55 (four months ago) link

I love fresh curry leaves but sometimes they are hard to find--they do freeze well so stock up when you can!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 11 January 2021 04:00 (four months ago) link

i got a huge bunch for like 3 bucks! i am keeping a few stalks fresh in the fridge for now & then stripped the rest of the leaves & put in the freezer

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 11 January 2021 04:30 (four months ago) link

xxpost lol thx cad!

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 11 January 2021 04:46 (four months ago) link

yes vg i like that blog, just made lentil and spinach dal from it. and i found my chana masala post upthread:

chana masala, i questioned the 660 curries recipe because it had raw onions added at the end. i don't mind the act of eating raw onions but i don't like the aftermath. no thanks. so i went to the old standby smitten kitchen (a madhur jaffrey copy). it has 1 tablespoon of amchur and lemon juice but i need more sweet/sourness. some recipes have anardana, dried pomegranate seeds. i will get the anardana, soon.

― forensic plumber (harbl), Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:21 PM (ten months ago)

superdeep borehole (harbl), Monday, 11 January 2021 13:50 (four months ago) link

the chickpeas w coconut sauce was very very delicious and so quick to make! delicious way to use up canned chickpeas

am going to do up a vindaloo this week bc i havent had one in so long (like decades)

curries are the best! also i kinda love not having to chop a ton of veg or buy a ton of ingredients. once you have your spice situation set up, its a fkn breeze i love ir

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 16 January 2021 04:08 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

omg i am so on the curry train

i made a tomato biryani tonight that wasn’t even with exact ingredients bc i couldnt be arsed but turned out amaaazimg anyway AND a chicken & spinach & garam masala curry w almonds & raisins and my third eye is completely open omg

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 04:46 (two months ago) link

have made the chicken spinach raisin almond one, there is a recipe in 660 curries. very good.

superdeep borehole (harbl), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 12:42 (two months ago) link

that’s the one i made! :D

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 17:02 (two months ago) link

:)

superdeep borehole (harbl), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 17:13 (two months ago) link

i was thinking i might try to cook all 660 curries, with no deadline. if i tried to do it in like a year i'd be curried out.

superdeep borehole (harbl), Friday, 5 March 2021 00:33 (two months ago) link

i’m working my way through the majority of his chapter on chicken curries, in no particular order

its amazing how many of these you can make if you remember to stock up on almonds, spinach & yogurt!

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 5 March 2021 01:29 (two months ago) link

Love Babish, loved Cardoz (RIP)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuXyLBeQ8-w

Ray Cooney as "Crotch" (stevie), Friday, 5 March 2021 08:26 (two months ago) link

oh, i watched his previous episodes (i believe these were with babish, there was a bread one?). i remembered he had died, didn't know from covid. RIP.

superdeep borehole (harbl), Friday, 5 March 2021 13:39 (two months ago) link

yes, the bread one was, they just said

superdeep borehole (harbl), Friday, 5 March 2021 13:39 (two months ago) link

"one of my hated ingredients is curry powder" YES

superdeep borehole (harbl), Friday, 5 March 2021 13:40 (two months ago) link


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