June 2019 Cooking Challenge: Indian food

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  1. planethoff

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    I was sad to miss last month’s challenge. I had some great ideas, but life exploded. Anyway, happy to jump back into the game and I thought what better way than:

    Curry Chicken Pot Pies
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    Started pie dough, set in fridge.

    I marinated chicken in a marinade of: peanut oil, onion, garlic, ginger, lime, red chili pepper, tumeric, tamarind, cumin, coriander, s & p, and an orange liqueur/ gingerale mix. Let sit Overnight.
    Roasted 375F for 35-40 minutes. Cut into cubes.
    Roasted carrots in a ghee/garam masala glaze.
    Sweated onion in ghee
    Defrosted peas, added raisins.
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    Cooked down curry stock: my chicken stock, garlic, ginger, red and green chili peppers, turmeric, cumin, coriander, onion, paprika, mustard, cinnamon, tamarind. Reduced, blended, strained through food mill.
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    Made a ghee roux. Added cream and curry stock. Whisked then added all ingredients.
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    Pulled out pie dough. Rolled and placed in tins. Put cover and brushed eggwash. Bake 400F for 35-40 minutes.

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  2. morning glory

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    A great fusion - the best of both worlds. I love pies. I love curry. There is also an 'orange liqueur/ ginger ale mix' which I wouldn't have expected in either a chicken pie or a curry. You certainly have me thinking @planethoff!
     
  3. planethoff

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    @morning glory The orange liqueur and ginger-ale was mostly to provide the sweet component, but the underlying citrus and ginger come through. So With the sweet marinade, It compliments the sweetness of the carrots, peas, raisins, and vidalia onions. That is a stark contrast to the earthy, savory, spicy curry sauce.
     
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  4. morning glory

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    Beautifully explained.
     
  5. morning glory

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    The weather is never too hot for a curry folks. :) Great entries so far, but a bit quiet this week. Plenty of time to go... shake up those spices!
     
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    Semi pro/retired now
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  7. planethoff

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    A little more traditional....
    Tandoori Chicken and Saag Paneer
    with Garlic Naan and rice.
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    I started the chicken marinade in the morning: Garlic, ginger, onion, red chili pepper, turmeric, cumin, coriander, paprika, Garam Masala bloomed in oil and mixed with yogurt. Cut souces to let marinade penetrate. Marinated chicken 8 hours. Grilled, rested, sliced.
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    Made paneer: brought half gallon milk slowly to low boil. Added 1/4 cup lemon juice. Strained, rinsed, squeezed through cheesecloth, tied, hung, pressed, refrigerated. (My cheesecloth tie during the press came undone, so I had a crumbly edge) cubed and fried.
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    Wilted and dried spinach. Chopped. Sweated onion, added tomato, cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, onion, garlic, ginger, garam masala, ground red pepper.
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    Then added spinach, cream, and paneer.

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    My paneer crumbled more than I would have liked, but overall a great success.

     
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  8. morning glory

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    This looks wonderful @planethoff and Saag Paneer happens to be one of my favourite things. Great that you made your own paneer too. I wonder why it crumbled so much? I'm sure it tasted good though.
     
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    @morning glory At first I thought I might have used Ultra Pasteurized milk which doesn't curd properly, but that wasn't it. I think I added too much acid and didn't wrap tightly enough. It did cube nicely for the most part, but I had some pan sticking during the frying process and it went downhill from there. Still tasted great though. LOL
     
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  10. teamfat

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    So this past week Karen was doing a meat and dairy free fast of sorts for something involving her church. So always willing to help, I made some veggie broth.

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    Those collapsible steamer baskets come in handy for keeping most of the veggies in the water.

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    So once again, like making ghee I haven't made an actual dish yet, just laying the groundwork. Karen is out of town for a week, so ditching the meat and dairy free, going full caveman carnivore tonight.

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  11. arzoochaudhary

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    I liked this concept, I am also a big fan of Indian food. Up for this challenge.