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i would have thought so but no, it gives you times like "10 minutes" and i was using a big saute pan with a lot of surface area. i was thinking it might thicken because it contains corn starch but it must have only been a trace amount. and i was using cut-up chicken breast so i didn't want to cook it too long.

forensic plumber (harbl), Saturday, 28 December 2019 14:39 (one month ago) link

i'm not familiar with this masala mix, but the more you cook and stir cornstarch the more likely you are to lose the thickening power. the thickened product will get watery as the network which the starch causes to form breaks. personally i would just make the sauce by hydrating the spice mix and making a slurry, then slowly add that to the simmering water/fat while whisking and finding out how thick it ends up. and cook everything else separately and add it to the sauce. seems that would be more foolproof? sorry for completely unasked-for opinion!

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 28 December 2019 23:43 (one month ago) link

no--that does make sense, but i wouldn't want to cook the meat and then coat it in stuff. i think it's just meant for lazy people. i will try the slurry when i use it with chickpeas though, since they'll already be cooked.

forensic plumber (harbl), Saturday, 28 December 2019 23:54 (one month ago) link

This person's videos have been a revalation for me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV38aaJSlTE&t=222s

The base technique there of ghee, frying off seeds, then onion, then spices, then tomato, is (I'm assured by my indian coworkers) basically the base for any curry. Ive tried it with toor dal, and as a base for saag, and it made such a freaking difference doing it properly.

Its a PITA having so many different packets of spices and seeds though. And they cook everything in pressure cookers so its hard to know how long to cook dal/lentils for.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 30 December 2019 05:55 (one month ago) link

Oh and watch the mustard seeds. One time I poured wayyyy too many in and also burnt them and the taste was bitter and horrid :(

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 30 December 2019 05:56 (one month ago) link

trayce can you paste link to the video with a space in it to stop the autoembed? "an error occurred"

i am in the middle of rearranging/jarring all my various spices and seeds and it's a mess. i had too many bags in the cabinets.

forensic plumber (harbl), Monday, 30 December 2019 13:49 (one month ago) link

The base technique there of ghee, frying off seeds, then onion, then spices, then tomato, is (I'm assured by my indian coworkers) basically the base for any curry.

Without being able to see the video I can at least agree with that statement! I did an Indian cuisine cooking class a couple of months ago and the one useful thing was the chef showing us 3 ways of bringing out spice flavors: bloom in ghee (for curry sauce), add to a liquid & simmer (dal), and...I forgot the third one but it must have involved the rice because that's the other thing we made.

Anyway the curry was boring as. She admitted it was just a "base" to be tailored by regional & family preferences.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 30 December 2019 20:59 (one month ago) link

can vouch for meera sodha's books as great curry recipe tomes; made in india is a bit better than her purely-veg fresh india, and has lots of great veg recipes too.

The base technique there of ghee, frying off seeds, then onion, then spices, then tomato, is (I'm assured by my indian coworkers) basically the base for any curry.

this is pretty much how every curry i make or attempt begins, cannot make any claims for their authenticity but they are often really nice! (Onion section is often a slurry of blitzed onions/garlic/ginger)

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Monday, 30 December 2019 21:30 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Eep I never came back to see the link hadnt worked!

http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=L32CGVxvdVE

Or look up Swasthi's Recipes on YT.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 17 January 2020 01:49 (one month ago) link


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