Saturday, 28 November 2015

BIR Madras


Oh yes !

I think my cooking education is complete. I have mastered (with the aid of this excellent book) the ability to make a Madras that looks, smells, and tastes the same as the best Indian restaurant.

Now for me that is very significant. I am a curry addict. I swear if I had to only eat one type of cuisine for the rest of my life - it would have to be Indian. I do love to cook Indian from scratch, as other entries in this blog testify....but they are never the same as what you get from a good Cuzza. I know they are different, I know it's not traditional, but hey - I also know that I love them. Properly love them. I travel for work a lot, and sitting down in a small cuzza of an evening....just me, a Madras, a couple of pints and my Kindle, and I am a very very happy man.

Now - I can be that happy at home.

So...here we go. As we all know it's about the Curry Gravy.....




Which is a long slow cook of about 12 vegetables and spices - the bulk coming from onions



Which is then blended to a smooth paste



And the interesting bit - you double it with water...and then simmer for 1+ hour....it's amazing - it transforms it from something quite bland to a perfect gravy. You know it's ready when you get the red oil floating on the top.



Since is was a Madras....I also made the recommended tomato puree base...with the addition of Tandoori Masala and Ground Ginger





I also precooked (steamed) the chicken



So there we go - a mis-en-place for a Cuzza restaurant.




A quick fry of the base tomato sauce, garlic and ginger and some cumin, salt, chilli and curry powder.



Added the pre-cooked chicken and pots



And then you add teh gravy - and wow.....a perfect Madras. There she blows.....it was amazing....perfect...superb....



And - plenty of gravy for the freezer for the next one (which won't be long!)

3 comments:

Dave Loyden said...

Thanks very much for buying my book Steve, I'm glad you are enjoying the fruits of your labour. Also, the review on Amazon that you wrote is wonderful and I am very touched when I read such lovely words describing it. Awesome pics too, well done.
All the best,
Thanks again,
Dave.

Steve Holland said...

Hey - no worries - and thanks for looking at my blog. You've inspired me to do a BIR later tonight.
Hopefully you've seen a small spike in sales - I know at least 3 friends who have now bought it...
Cheers
Steve

Barry T said...

So where's the recipe then?