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North Indian Disaster!

March 7, 2011

3 weeks of western/non-indian food triggered my sil to suggest North Indian Food for the weekend. It was a crazy experience because me is not a fan of Indian food but she goes gaga over it. Nevertheless, the butter curry was awesome although most of the naan turned out like biscuit – hard & crunchy. Till now we don’t know why, but one advise would be, don’t buy that brand of naan!

I never knew cooking North Indian food was this easy till the attempt of trying butter chicken curry. All you need is the correct spices. For a start we decided to use the Shaan Spice Mix for Butter Chicken curry. Perhaps the next time round, we will do it from scratch 😛

Ingredients:
* Chicken Meat – cut into small cubes
* Red Tomatoes – About 5 just chop them
* Lemon Juice – 3 to 4 tblespoons
* Milk – 1/2 cup
* Fresh cream – 1/2 cup
* Melted butter – 1/2 cup
* Oil – 1/4 cup
* Shaan Butter Chicken Mix – 1/2 packet
* For great taste, wash the chicken with 2 tblespoons white vinegar in half cup of water before marinating.

  

Method:

1. Mix together lemon juice & SBCM in 1/2 cup of water and apply to the meat cubes. Marinate for 30 minutes. (it would be good if you leave it in the refrigerator).

2.Boil Tomatoes in 1-2 cups of water for 10 mins till soft. Sieve. Blend. This blended version is called tomato puree.

3.Before that – while your tomato is boiling, let your butter melt in the heat.

4.Separately: Heat oil and add the marinated meat. Stir fry for about 5 mins. Add the tomato puree and milk. Cover and cook on low heat for about 15 minutes. Stir in fresh cream and melted butter. Lift from heat.

Now the Naaaan…

The naan was a disaster. It wasn’t really that soft and tender like how you get it in the shops. But nevertheless it was still edible. Some of it turned out pretty fine, some didnt. Lesson learnt – make your own naan from scratch!

                                Now don’t buy this brand of naan.

                              This was how we tried frying the naan soft.

                            Some of it still turned out pretty and sane 🙂

You must be wondering what happened to the remanants of the chicken bones & other parts of it. The left over mixture was used to marinate these parts and we fried it and ate it while waiting for the tomatoes to be boiled and curry to simmer. 😛

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