Dubai - What is your method for cooking a curry? Pretty much got my method nailed down but always interested to hear how others do it.
Havent really nailed a decent curry other than one using coconut milk which is cheating really. They always taste decent but nothing wow about it and defo wouldn't serve it to be people to show off
Wanna hear ur method now..
Bits change about depending on exactly what I'm trying to achieve.
My favourite meat is chicken, and despite liking chicken leg more than breast I do prefer to use chicken breast for a curry. As long as you cook it right then there's no danger of it drying out.
The basic process is:
- Marinate chicken for as long as possible. As a basic marinade I'd go for yoghurt, garlic, lemon juice, turmeric, and chili powder.
- Make a paste of garlic and ginger (or cheat like I do and just buy a paste). Blend this with fresh tomatoes (type and quantity depending on what you're making).
- In a pan (don't use a wok obv) fry some finely chopped onions for about 5-10 minutes until going golden brown. Add the tomato (and optionally things such as chilis and curry leaves) and reduce on a high heat. This can take 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile prepare a spice mix. One of my favourite ingredients for a curry is fennel seeds.
- This step is optional but it's something I've found works well. At this point I put the chicken in the oven and cook at a very low heat. The idea is to get the chicken to the step of being lovely and moist in the middle and only just cooked.
- At this point the tomato should have reduced to a thick paste. Add the spice mix and a good splash of water. Reduce to a similar consistency. If you have the patience do this process a second time.
- Add the chicken. If you've done it in the oven just give it a stir around for a minute. If not you'll need to spend longer to get it properly sealed.
- Add water, bring to the boil, and then let it simmer on a very low heat for about 15 minutes.
- Add any salt, garam masala, lemon juice, etc, as you see fit.
It's quite long winded but I find it gives a really nice result. Gonna make one tonight now I think about it