Calling all indian's/bengali's

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  1. phillfyspoon

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    I want to make my own curry but not british resturant style but what is known as the "staff curry". I have been eating this curry since I was about 5 in my dad's friends indian resturants and at his home, they are gourgous and apprantly british people dont like them which is why you never find them in resturants and there known as staff currys as it is only made for the staff.

    I have eaten this curry at at least 5 peoples homes with fish, mutton and chicken, I dont know if this is just a bengali dish as i know alot of bengali's and they all eat it, and I have been eating this same curry for 15 years in there homes.

    It is just simply chicken on the bone and rice very little sauce, very spicy.

    Can someone please give me instructions on how to make it, I have a whole cupboard of ingredents which I have bought from a wholesaler. I know u make some kind of onion paste as I have been instructed once but it was a few years ago and I had nothing written dwon.

    Cheers
     
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    sounds nice however with your user name i wont be asking to come round for some ;)
     
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    Why not ask your dad's friend for the recipe? :confused:
     
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    Well my dads friend doesnt make it but his wife or the chef at his resturants does, my dad asked in the past and he was shown how to make the onion paste, he made a few currys a couple were nasty but 1 turned out really nice.
     
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    is it all made in one pot with the rice as well, sounds like a chicken biryani if it is.
     
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    The best biryani I ever tasted was in the Ghandi, Sauchiehall Street Glasgow.
    Persian Chicken Biryani with egg on top, scrumptious.

    I've not got a clue as to what your staff curry is though there must be plenty of variations on the recipe.
     
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    The term indian has been hijacked and infact most curry houses are owned by Pakistani and most curry booze outlets are Bengali. Its quite rare to see an indian run a curry house.
     
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    ^ Was going to say the same thing, but out of politeness, didn't. I would go further and say that 90+ % of the food termed indian was invented by pakistani and bangladeshi chefs, as meat is not allowed to be eaten in Hinduism. Just pointing it out, as we deserve some credit as well as my Indian friends.
     
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    made a nice curry mix last night.......

    finely diced onion
    chopped coriander
    chopped parsley
    2 large teaspoons cumin and ginger curry paste
    couple of chopped red chilis
    half a limes juice plus some zest
    thinly sliced mushrooms
    prawns
    cupful of extra thick double cream

    turned out very nice, mixed it up with tagliatelle egg pasta as a change from rice....

    you could do the same thing with meat of some kind on the bone but boil the meat a little first to start it cooking, then whack it in the mix and let it simmer for a good while by adding a cup or two of water (or wine..heh) then once its condensed add the cream near the end and go for another mebbe 5 minutes on a medium to high heat.....

    very nice, gives you the kind of curry that doesnt immediately burn your lips but instead builds up with each mouthful to leave you feeling a little hot under the collar but not in an uncomfortable way and you can taste all the ingredients properly too....

    edit: dont add the cream if you want it with very little sauce....if you want a little more sauce then you add the cream
     
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    I might give your recipe a go KB.

    I'll wait a wee bit until I return home to Glasgow next weekend though......:D
     
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    Correct, apart from the bit about meat being disallowed in Hinduism. Many delicious genuine Indian dishes are with meat :D. Yes many Hindus are vegetarian, but it is not a rule but more specific to their caste (e.g. Brahmins) or some auspicious occasion or day of the week. Beef is not eaten.

    I'm of south Indian origin, and our dishes are different in their flavours to north Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisine - different 'masalas' are used on lamb, chicken, pork, goat, fish, prawn.

    There are some great genuine Indian restaurants all over the UK, especially the ones using south Indian chefs - no need for a 'staff curry' at those places ;)
     
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    I've not made a curry in a while but I found some of the recipes in Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible to be very good. It has a mix of currys from all over the world along with a little bit of curry history as well. The traditional korma recipe is one of my favourites and don't let the fact that it's a korma put you off as it's nothing like the westernised versions we get here.
     
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    where can i get the hottest chillis from fresh not powdered?
     
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    If you can find a Halal grocers or a shop that sells food stuffs from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, then ask for some Bangladeshi Naga chillies. You can't get anything naturally hotter than those!

    Cheers
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    Great read there
     
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    Kenton has some very nice indian restaurants, as in for indian folks rather than english folks......i like Pradips because i've used the sweet mart since it opened pretty much for snacks, but the restaurant is really good.....keep meaning to try the one in Harrow next to Tesco/Blockbuster/Safari Cinema.....forget its name now but its always jam packed at night.......

    sadly most of my mates still prefer to go to a conventional curry house type restaurant.....they find the real indian food a little too different from what they are used to....lol.....i've always eaten real indian food when i was a kid though due to schoolfriends whose houses i used to go to.....

    to be honest i prefer a lot of foreign foods over english food in general....love japanese, real indian, malaysian, russian and kenyan......other countries have some nice dishes, but the ones i mention i can eat almost anything from them and enjoy it....
     
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    Never been to Pradips, but have purchased some of the stuff they supply to the Tesco stores in Harrow and Pinner Green :D
    - Have been to that Indian pub/restaurant, The Lancer, on Kenton Rd, just opposite Travellers Inn, wasn't bad at all.

    Always been meaning to try that place in Harrow, its that veggie place 'Sakonis' right? Also a couple of great Chinese restaurants imho across the road, Golden Palace and Taste of China, and that place that does dim sum in between them.

    Closer to me are The Indian Kitchen and Mari Masala on The Broadway, Joel Street (Northwood) - great food from Nepalese and south Indian chefs.

    Another local one I might try soon is what was formerly The Northwood Hills pub (apparantly the venue of Elton John's first ever gig) on Joel Street, its now an Indian pub/restaurant and I spot a lot of Indian folk inside.

    Used to live in Bath, and a great couple of award winning restaurants there, Eastern Eye and Rajpoot :smashin:
     
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    The best places ive been too have always been authentic Punjabi run places

    cant beat punjabi cooking if you ask me.

    Also there re some many different regions in india that there will be many recipes and mixes around and i bet every asain on this forum would post something slightly different. Honestly what makes the difference is the masala used, its a mix of different spices blended into a powder and added towards the end of the cooking and this can make or break any 'curry'.

    Also everytime you make your masala its slightly different, its just the beauty of cooking LOL

    My one and only tip is get a nice masala mix from an indian person who makes it her/him self.
     
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    Yeah, Kenton has some excellent Indian Cuisine. Kasturi is pretty good.

    I haven't been in the Lancer before. Maybe I should try it sometime. :smashin:
     
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    I s there anyway of finding out where the proper Indian restaurants are?Would I be right in assuming there would have to be strong Indian presence in the locale?
     
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    I don't know how you'd go about finding proper Indian* restaurants. :(

    But having a large Indian presence isn't a guarantee of a good restaurant (just how many Italian Mamas do you know that use Dolmio sauce? ;)). There is one which we go to, here in Worcester. It's called Spice Cuisine, is in the top 100 curry houses and is absolutely fantastic. There is another restaurant about 200 yards from this one called the Pasha (I think) and that is absolutely abysmal!

    Cheers
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    * Using it to cover the entire sub-continent! :D
     
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    To the op, find a copy of a book called the Curry Secret, it was written by a chef who worked in a curry restaurant and it has every method imaginable, including the curries that do not make the menus.
     
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    taste of china is lovely, been there a few times, Lahore Kahari in Southall is lovely too - quite authentic
     
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    Gee thanks guys I'm salivating now thinking about a nice curry :)
     
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    i think a tut is in order :devil:
     
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    Just another hour or so to go before I can (should say am allowed to) tuck into one! :D

    Cheers
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    its just that where i live the genuine article would seem non existan:(t
     

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