🍲Spicy and All things nice! (Easiest curry base like ever!)🍲

Who loves a curry? Meee 😆 In this post I show you how to make a super easy curry base for nearly all Indian curries! With less than probably 5/6 ingredients ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pinnies and spices at the ready then!

The History of Curry!

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The origins of the word curry stems from the Tamil word ‘kari’ which means a thin, spiced, soup like sauce. The word curry was probably adopted by the British which is simply now understood as a spicy gravy! Curries probably first originated in India and was brought into the UK by the British Raj.

With around 9,000 Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants it is no surprise that Curry is one of the top foods on the British menu! :mrgreen:

Obviously with all these different regions, cultures and family backgrounds the cooking of a curry can vary! So here is my version that was taught to me by my cute, helpful daddy ๐Ÿ™‚

You will need

Step 1- 5 large onions or 8 small ones (red or white)

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Step 2- Cut in half and thinly slice them like below. I know this is a mammoth task! And you’ll probably have gone through a box of tissues by then haha but the more onions you put into a curry, the more it thickens the ‘gravy like sauce’ (sowiee)

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Step 3- Dried spices such as 2 bay leaves, 4 peppercorns, 4 cloves, 3 cardamom pods, 1 star anise and 1 large cinnamon stick broken in half (these all should be available at your local supermarkets or local indian grocery stores)

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Step 4- Heat around 5/10 tablespoons of your chosen oil that you usually cook with in a pan (sunflower, vegetable or olive oil)

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Obviously I’m Indian so my cooking pots are quite large 😂 When you have heated the oil for a few secs add the dried spices and cook them in the oil for about 30 secs. Now I usually leave the spices in my dish as they flavour the oil and curry but if you want to remove them before we add the onions,then please do.

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Step 5- Add the sliced onions to the oil and spices and cook them on a medium heat, till a light golden brown.

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Pls don’t burn them! As they will make your curry taste bitter 👎 so do keep on checking them and stirring.

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Step 6- Then add your chosen chicken, meat or veg. I have added here roughly around 1kg (feeds a family of four) Sorry the chicken pieces are rather large in my curries as that’s how I usually have them 🙈 (on the bone and boneless pieces) You can have them however you want. Cook through your chosen chicken, meat or veg on a medium to a low heat.

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Step 7- Into that then add half a can of tinned tomatoesย  and a teaspoon of tomato puree and cook for about 5 mins, on the same heat as above.

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Step 8- Then add your chosen spices! Now everybody varies, I do not like it too spicy 😝 In mine I have added a combo of green chillies, crushed garlic, crushed ginger, some tumeric, garam masala and coriander and cumin powder (available at your local supermarkets)

Cook the spices on a low heat for about 3/5 mins checking and stirring. Then add some water (roughly two large mugfuls) into this mixture cover and cook on a medium heat, until you see that the sauce thickens and reduces.

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Add chopped coriander as a garnish and ta-da your curry is now ready to be eaten! (Yum yum) You can serve with rice, chappatis, naan bread or pitta breads!

In this post I have shown you all the steps of my curry but it is literally steps 1-6 that is the core curry base for nearly all my curries that I cook! Now I know I haven’t gone into much deets of how much of the spices (step 8) I’ve put in (like measurements) because I wanted to focus more on the base of the curry. But if you would like to know more, email me on skhalifas@hotmail.co.uk or comment down below and I will be more specific. If you can get the onions just right then I promise you, you will be onto a winner ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy your Saturday my loves! Catch you tomorrow for the OOTD post (I’m off to a wedding and all this food talk is making me hungry lol Ciao!)

Happy Reading X

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💖Eid Mubarak!💖

Oh no I am so so sorry guys I got carried away with the festivities so this post is up super late! If you celebrated Eid Yesterday hope you had a fab one! And if yours was today, Eid Mubarak my loves. Enjoy my last Eid blog post, will be back to normal from Tuesdays beauty day, Saturday’s lifestyle day and Sundays OOTD! 😘

Yaay it’s finally Eid day! In this post I will share with you how I spend my Eid day with my loved ones and that outfit of mine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eid Mubarak you beautiful people! (Eid Mubarak means Happy Eid!) Yes the day is finally here! It’s a bit like Christmas really. You buy presents, arrange dinner dates with loved ones, visit them, dress up and then fall asleep in front of the telly 😂

On Eid many muslims rise early so they can shower, cook an Eid meal, get dressed and not forgetting to pray to Allah for this blessed day and remembering those loved ones we have lost. Also prayers are sent to those in need and suffering.

I usually rise quite early and get cleaned up, then do my early morning prayers called Fajr.

After that it’s on to the Eid food. Even when I use to live with my mum, we would marinate the chicken breasts in Tandoori masala,ย  marinate the minced lamb in spices, so that it developed flavour and was tender to cook in the morning.

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I prefer to grill the chicken under a grill and turn the minced lamb into meatballs ready to be cookedย  into a dry meatball curry. Then chappatis are made (flat, round indian bread) and a special milk called ‘Kheer’ which is very similar to a rice pudding!

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Once that is done it’s time to get your glad rags on! 😆 (check my Eid inspo post on where my outfit is from!)

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(If you would like more detailed deets on this hair and makeup, let me know in the comments box guys)

After that we pop over to visit my mum, dad and sisters anndddd lots of relatives! Hehe

The sacrificed meat is cooked into a lovely meal called Biryaniย  (rice and meat) or a meat curry with bread. At the end we then bless our lord for the food we have recieved.

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Honestly the amount of eating we do on Eid day is terrible haha (I am still feeling the after effects today! Lol)

But the best thing I love about Eid is FAMILY! It’s so lovely having your loved ones in one place and relaxing with them. I am truly blessed as I have a humongous family! And we always have lots of fun.

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Damn I love these guys! They seriously make my day! I am so grateful to Allah that I am truly blessed and that I have many more Eids to share with these guys!

So that’s it really, that sums up my Eid week and hope you guys enjoyed it! Hope you all had/have a fab day with your loved ones and don’t forget to be grateful as there are many who are less fortunate than us.

Tell me what you did or do for Eid guys! Did you have as much fun as me? Did you stuff yourself silly too? Haha. And for those who don’t celebrate Eid I hope that my blog post week gave you a fab insight of this lovely day! So the next time your fellow friends are celebrating Eid, wish them Eid Mubarak they will love it!

Happy Reading X

Going back to my roots…Indian cooking โ˜บ

It’s Saturday nite, fancy an Indian? Then read on for my family’s fave… Chilli Paneer recipe! Nom nom ๐Ÿ˜œ

I am proud of my culture and heritage so obviously I lurrveee indian food! I have to admit though, I am not a massive fan of cooking and don’t have a lot of patience ๐Ÿ˜… But what I do love is experimenting with new ingredients and flavours.

Coming from a large family and being the eldest, I learnt to cook from a very early age. I can’t say I’m amazing! But my food sure is edible and tasty ๐Ÿ˜‰ (ask my hubby, honest).

In this post I will share with you one of my family’s favourite dish, Chilli Paneer! Every time we go out at an Indian restaurant, we always order a paneer dish, we love it!

Paneer? What is paneer I hear you say? (Paneer pronounced as Pa – neer). Well it’s a little like cheese really. Not a soft one but very similar in texture to a very firm tofu. This indian cheese is flavour less but as it cooks, it absorbs the spices, yes just like the tofu!

Paneer originates from Middle East and India. It’s main base is usually Buffalo milk but nowadays it can be made with Cows milk as well. Paneer can be quite pricey and was usually seen in dishes created for the Moghul empire or Royals and was reffered to as ‘golden nuggets’! But now it is widely available and can be quite affordableย (depending on how much you buy per kilo).

When I usually purchase paneer, I usually buy the pre packed and cubed one. It’s easier this way, as paneer can be quite hard to cut! And the pre packed cubed version already comes in a 500 grams and that is exactly what this recipe required ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I love short cuts! Haha)

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(Just like this one!)

Now the recipe I am going to share with you was given to me by my very dear friend Sabina Salah (I love the fact that me and her have the same name! Highfive Sabinas lol) Aw man she makes some amazing food! (Check out her Facebook SABINA SALAH and Instagram subbly_bubbly) and when she throws a recipe it’s like gold dust! Honestly check it out!

Right enough of this blah blah and let’s crack on with the recipe!

YOU WILL NEED
500 Grams Cubed Paneer (see pic above!)
4 Tbsp Cornflour
10 Pieces of fresh green chillies
2 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1 Tbsp Chilli Sauce
2 Tbsp Soya Sauce
1 Green Pepper (chopped)
4 Onions (chopped)
1 Tbsp oil for cooking the onions in and Oil for deep frying
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander to garnish

METHOD

1. Mix cubed Paneer with the cornflour in a bowl so that they are well coated.
2. Deep fry the Paneer in a large wok or a deep fryer. Until it is nice and golden in colour (check pic ๐Ÿ‘‡ )

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3. In a separate non stick fry pan, add 1 Tbsp of oil and fry the onions till a nice brown (not burnt! Please ๐Ÿ˜…).

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(Browned onions pic โ˜ ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

4. Next add the chopped chillies to the onions and the chopped peppers. Fry them for about 2-3 mins.
5. Add the fried Paneer to the onion, chillies and pepper. Also add in the tomato, chilli and soya sauce. Put your desired salt and then stir all for 3-4 mins.
6. At the end garnish with coriander! And drum roll please, Chilli Paneer is now ready to be served! Simples :mrgreen:

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You can serve this dish with plain noodles, rice or any type of indian bread! In fact you can honestly eat it on it’s own and it is sooo yummy!

Now when I made it, I found that it was quite spicy for us! (I know, I am soo not a true Indian ๐Ÿ˜‚). So next time I will be adding only 5 chillies! ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š Depending on how spicy you like your curries, please adjustย  the amount of chillies you add ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also understand that some ingredients are known differently in some countries for example in India peppers are known as capsicums. So if you need any more deets please ask me or the lovely Sabina Salah (she doesn’t bite promise!)

Also I forgot to mention that, this recipe is fab for vegetarians! as there is no meat involved at all ๐Ÿ‘ (Don’t fret my lovely meat eaters will have one up for you soon ๐Ÿ˜„)

If you do try the recipe pls tag me! I would love that! and let me know how you get on. Do you have a fave Indian curry? And does anyone have a recipe they would like to share? (Doesn’t have to be Indian at all!) If yes pls do share them down below ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Reading X