Maybe I don’t know. You see sometimes recipes from the web or a book are a bit of a pain in the rear. All that ‘2 tbsps of this’ and ‘1/2 ounce of that’ leads me to wondering whether the writer really measured all these things out.
I mean have you ever followed a recipe faithfully, tasted the end result, and been left wondering ‘Did they ever actually eat this pile of crap’?
So, with a big pile of left-over roast rib from Boxing Day (don’t worry I didn’t make this creation yesterday or anything) I decided to ‘do a curry’. The result certainly looks enticing, at least I think so….
Now I have collected a ridiculous array of spices over the past few months. So I got ’em all out and selected, mostly at random, some:
- Cardamom pods
- Chilli powder
- Madras curry powder
- I also found some coriander seeds but didn’t use these as I can’t grind them enough to get rid of the husky shells
To this I added:
- about 1/2lb of cooked rib roast (fat removed)
- 1 punnet mushrooms
- 6 tomatoes
- 3 tbsps tomato puree
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 4 small onions
- 3 cloves garlic
- thumb sized piece of ginger
- 1/2 tub single cream
- 3 fresh red chillis
- 1 yellow pepper
- Massive dash of wed wine
Altogether the ingredients look something like this:
The beer is obviously an essential element of this dish, although none of it made it to the pan. Now first off chop up the chillis, garlic and ginger and fry very gently to soften up (don’t brown):
Add the veg and spices and continue to cook:
Add the meat and pour in the wine:
Add the tomato (tinned and paste) stir in and let cook on a low heat for half an hour, adding liquid of your choice (beer, wine, spirits, water if you must) to stop it drying out.
Once done to your liking, add the cream. Now we tip over into indulgence mode: we go from a straight curry into the realm of rich and creamy. This dish doesn’t fit the standard British curry house definition of any one particular variation. It’s just creamy, spicy and meaty!
Serve with some rice and a chutney-type condiment of your choice:
You see that beer? It made it to the end of the cooking process. Get in!