Submitted by the Dungeon Master
Now I don't know about you folks out there but I do enjoy a really hot curry after a good night out on the beer. Ok so you pop down to your local Indian take away, buy more than you can ever eat and end up chucking most of it in the bin! Cost? £10 to £15!!! Oooops! How about cooking a batch of curries up yourself and freezing them, all ready to defrost and heat in the microwave oven when you get home?
Not only is this less expensive but simple to do. Let me explain......
I am giving you the recipe for the hottest curry known to man!!
1.5 lb. of FRESH not FROZEN Chicken, Pork, Lamb or Beef
1 large onion. (Finely chopped)
6 cloves of garlic. (Crushed using a Garlic press)
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped.
3 Tablespoons of cooking oil. (I use virgin olive oil but you could use butter or Indian Ghee if you prefer.)
14oz tin of chopped tomatoes.
1 Tablespoon of tomato puree
1 Teaspoon of Cumin powder.
1 Teaspoon of Chili Powder. (I will mention this later in the article.)
1 Teaspoon of dried Methi leaves (Fenugreek)
1 Teaspoon of Garam Masala
What to Do.
Cut the meat into bite sized pieces. Gently fry the onion, ginger and garlic until golden using half the oil/butter. Make a Masala from the spices with a little water to form a paste, add to the onion mixture and fry for 10 min. or until the oil separates from the ingredients.
Add the can of tomatoes and tomato puree and the chili powder. Cook for 15 min. While the toms and chili mixture are cooking fry off the meat in the rest of the oil/butter until browned and sealed. Place the lot into a casserole dish and cook in an oven @ 400F, gas mark 6 for 45 min. or the meat is tender. Job done.
Now folks I said this was a very hot curry and you are very likely wondering how so? The secret is in the strength and quantity of the chili powder. You can easily buy extra hot chili powder in your local supermarket, or Indian Emporium if you have one nearby to you. Better still get friendly with your local Indian restaurant/takeaway and beg, buy or steal some of their chili powder. Experiment with it very carefully. Remember you can always add more to your dish if itís not hot enough to your liking, but you canít take it back out!
What to serve with it?
Your choice here? Plain boiled or Palau 2 min Express Microwave rice is fine. I also like a side dish of natural yogurt with diced cucumber mixed in and of course another few beers!!
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