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Started by angelico on Oct 22, 2021 6:59:02 PM
This is my favourite curry in the whole world

… is what Angelica says, pretty much every time I make her a curry, which is two or three times a week.

When I told her I’d made another sag aloo today but let it slip that it was slightly different to the last one, she was nearly in tears. It had fine beans in it. But it was also her favourite curry in the whole world.

What’s yours?

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TheExcession - 22 Oct 2021 19:45:07 (#1 of 60)

I bloody love a good curry. Chicken saag is my favourite though, I think. The spinach makes the sauce so rich and tasty,

dreams99 - 22 Oct 2021 19:54:44 (#2 of 60)

I generally improvise a chicken curry, but I have a few curry recipe books. Atul Kochhar's Curries of the World is probably the best, but I recently picked up the Hairy Bikers curry book, and their recipes are always reliable and easy to follow. I made a couple from theirs, including chicken makhani, which was very nice.

ishyomah - 22 Oct 2021 20:01:48 (#3 of 60)

I love a decent Dahl.

There's one I've made so many times I forget what it's called. It's red lentils with panch poran aromatics and coconut milk, along with the usual onion, garlic, ginger, chili. A crowd pleaser in my family.

levelgaze - 22 Oct 2021 20:11:58 (#4 of 60)

I like many curries, but I do a good Lamb Raan with the 24-36 hour marinade, and serve it with a dal and maybe mushroom bhaji or sag aloo and roti. Special occasions, obviously.

It's not as good as my Dad's, but still gorgeous. Never had it in a restaurant, though.

AdonisBlue - 22 Oct 2021 20:17:53 (#5 of 60)

I used to love curries but got fed up of the same old same old in restaurants about ten years ago. There's been a general decline in quality, too much ghee, too much salt, overly stewed meat, too many cheap fillers like onions. Part of it was discovering doing my job that many curries or parts of them are now made in warehouses and then shipped out to multiple restaurants who basically heat them up and add some fresh coriander.

Before anyone says make your own. I've never had a homemade curry by me or anyone that tastes vaguely close to the fantastic restaurant curries I used to enjoy. Some are very nice, but totally different dishes, probably more authentic etc. But just not the same. I really miss the curries I ate in the 90s-noughties.

HouseOfLametta - 22 Oct 2021 20:22:12 (#6 of 60)

Sag aloo! Cried Billy Dilly!

Ohhh, please don't take my life!

I got three little children, an old and sickened wife.

HouseOfLametta - 22 Oct 2021 20:24:51 (#7 of 60)

Meanwhile,

I like going to a curry house and ordering something I've never heard of.

Failing that, I like a Methi Gosht, or a Korai, or something with a bit of middle to it.

The best one I ever made was a Himalayan thing with all the heat from long pepper and home made mango chutney.

LazyDazy - 22 Oct 2021 20:32:46 (#8 of 60)

Panang! It shot me down, Panang, that awful sound...

I like Thai red curry too.

Sabacious - 22 Oct 2021 19:33:42 (#9 of 60)

Want curry just like your favourite curry house?

Al's kitchen is the answer:

https://www.youtube.com/c/AlsKitchen

Start with his base gravy and away you go.

levelgaze - 22 Oct 2021 21:15:09 (#10 of 60)

When MsGaze and I go out for a curry, we either have a Thali or a Tandoori mixed grill with a couple of side dishes.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:16:38 (#11 of 60)

I can still remember a chicken handi, from a café run by a refuge for sex workers, opposite the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, 22 years on.

Though there's also a stunning black fish curry with pol roti (a breakfast curry) in Galle.

I wouldn't even try to recreate them.

angelico - 22 Oct 2021 21:19:29 (#12 of 60)

Does anyone else like those lovely veg curry restaurants in Euston - can't recall the names; think there are two.

Or the Hare Krish in the 70s, just off Oxford st at the tottenham ct road end.

Proper Indian food, not UK curry house stuff.

We sometimes make great chapatis or puris, with chana dahl. Homemade paneer with whole spices and green chillies. Her favourite curry in the whole world.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:22:00 (#13 of 60)

Yes! There's a slightly manky looking one that does incredible dosa (and a rather good lunchtime buffet). Went there with a bunch of colleagues when one had recently given up smoking, and his taste seemed to come back as we went there, and he spent the entire time behind himself with joy at all the flavours.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:23:01 (#14 of 60)

Diwana - that's it.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:25:02 (#15 of 60)

There's also one in Fitzrovia that does the dosas Mysore-style, and has a particularly tasty chana masala.

AdonisBlue - 22 Oct 2021 21:25:19 (#16 of 60)

#12 went to the Hare Krishna one.

Not sure why people in the UK expect mainly Bangladeshi and Pakistani run restaurants to make proper Indian food. But what they used to make was far superior to what they now make, in most cases.

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:31:28 (#17 of 60)

To be fair, Punjabi food isn't that different from one side of the border to another, and nor is Bengali food. But we do seem to have settled into the one-gravy-suits-all vaguely Sylheti menu. And some really odd takes on a biryani.

NightInTGeorgia - 22 Oct 2021 21:37:43 (#18 of 60)

Gobi 65

hailesaladdie - 22 Oct 2021 21:39:17 (#19 of 60)

Oh yes. From Papa Js in Luton.

cozzer - 22 Oct 2021 22:19:50 (#20 of 60)

from a café run by a refuge for sex workers, opposite the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore

It’s a strong bid, early in the thread

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