curry chronicles

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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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

i made chicken tikka masala and a spinach-onion pilaf both from 660 curries

the sauce for the tikka masala was a bit too sweet. i did make my own mistake by putting in one can of tomatoes instead of one CUP of tomatoes. but it has raisins in it (blended up with everything). the marinade is very good. i added lemon juice. pilaf is good, would make again. probably try a different CTK recipe next time but not bad or anything.

forensic plumber (harbl), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:21 (three months ago) link

CTM obv
the raisininess is not a bad combo with the hotness of the marinade, it's growing on me

forensic plumber (harbl), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:28 (three months ago) link

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, 26 February 2020 23:21 (three months ago) link

I've never tried it with anardana, sounds interesting

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 23:26 (three months ago) link

I went and made chicken tikka masala for the first time last night. The flavor wasn’t quite right but the texture was perfect and I enjoyed it. Could have been sweeter, actually. Think maybe because I used diluted tomato paste instead of puree/sauce but idk

brimstead, Saturday, 7 March 2020 17:24 (two months ago) link

The new David Chang on netflix has a curry episode that is very good. It's the only episode of the new series that I probably will watch.

Yerac, Sunday, 8 March 2020 16:51 (two months ago) link

xpost raisins!

Yerac, Sunday, 8 March 2020 16:52 (two months ago) link

madhur jaffrey ground lamb and peas curry. i believe i have made it 100 times now and it never fails.

forensic plumber (harbl), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 00:56 (two months ago) link

That is a stone cold classic. Haven’t made it in a while but will now.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 01:38 (two months ago) link

kheema matar! ive also made various versions of that like a million times

just sayin, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 02:16 (two months ago) link

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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

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

Yerac, Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:23 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

it is NOT lol

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:45 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

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

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 20:48 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

wrong place in the store i mean

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

i think bulk means by the pound in this context

forensic plumber (harbl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 23:04 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

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

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


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