Tuesday 4 November 2014

2 Days Of Preperation For 1 Meal

We have some lamb left over from Sunday dinner hubby took some back with him and what was left here I decided I fancied a Lamb Biryani, I do enjoy a good Indian and we haven't got one local to here, in preparation for that I bought these 3 books before moving after reading great reviews about them
I found a recipe for the Biryani reading through it, I needed the basic Indian Restaurant curry sauce, I looked up the recipe it made enough for 8 various Indian curries, that's fine as it said it freezes.
Reading through the recipe I found I needed ginger and garlic paste, so went through the book and found that, I knew at this point biryani was not going to be tonight's dinner.
Garlic and Ginger paste I peeled and chopped 5 garlic bulbs and a thumb size of fresh ginger
 put together in the blender with 2fl oz of vegetable oil
stir fry over a gentle heat and then add 1/4 tsp of Turmeric and a pinch of salt
keep over a low heat for a few mins then leave to cool
It does smell lovely, the garlic and ginger paste is enough to make 20 curries and again it can be frozen.
With the paste made, I could now make the curry sauce.
Chopped up 2 carrots, half a green pepper and 1 1/2 large onions 
 heat 2fl oz of vegetable oil in a large stock pot stir fry the veg for 5 mins 
add 41/2pt of water, tin of tomatoes, 1oz of creamed coconut 1 tbsp of garlic and ginger paste, 2 tbsp tomato puree, 1tsp of coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric, 1/2 tbsp of garam masala, large handful of coriander 1/4 tsp salt bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour., 
 then blitz with a hand blender you want it very smooth then return to heat and simmer for 15 mins,
 you want it to the consistency of a thin soup so add more water if needed. Can be frozen in portion size.
So that is the preparation done for my biryani that I will do for tomorrows dinner now, the kitchen smells lovely with all those herbs and spices that have been cooking.
Now the preparation is done next time I fancy an Indian I know I have the basics done and in the freezer


  1. Useful post. I will have a go at this. I have to go to the bank tomorrow, so will buy some fresh ginger from the greengrocers next to the bank.

  2. I love Indian food, thank you for sharing

  3. Thank you so much for this. I will try this myself and freeze the portions. Like you, the "local" takeaway is 10 miles plus away (further for you I think). I LOVE curry but OH doesn't.

    I've not seen those books at all, so will have to visit Amazon and start my Christmas list I think. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Mmmmmmmmmmm will show hubby this post we are looking for a home made curry sauce.

  5. I think The Curry Secret was one of the first recipe books I bought, it's great, and not too expensive.

  6. Smashing. Great idea to make up the garlic and ginger paste and freeze it.


  7. Gosh, a lot of preparation, but you are now well prepared for future curries aren't you! xx


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