I'm so sorry for that pun. So sorry. I hope we can all move on. So... until about a year ago, I was afraid of trying curry. Any curry. I associated it with slop. Just a big old mess of yuck. I was convinced every curry would end up with some sort of intestinal troubles and a lifetime of regret. I had never even set foot in an Indian restaurant until I arrived in the UK. If there's remotely anyone who feels the same way as I did, I want to try and convince you why you should stop being afraid. Curry is delicious and a go-to dinner choice around my flat.
Tonight, we are cooking for a few friends. The simple solution? Two different curries, simmering away until dinnertime. Phil has a couple of great curry recipes that we've cooked for ourselves countless times. One comes from his best friend's mother -- the recipe can be found further along this post. The second one is a simple dal.
Mrs Gadher's Tomato & Prawn Curry
This is a hot and spicy tomato based curry. You can see the onions for this one beginning to soften in the pan on the front left of the photo above.
- 1 onion chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 red chili chopped
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 1 tsp chili powder (optional!)
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 packet of cooked & peeled prawns
- Soften the chopped onion and garlic in some oil.
- Add the spices, stirring to coat all the onion and garlic.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and stir to incorporate. After a few minutes of simmering, taste, and add more spices as necessary.
- Leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- When almost ready to serve, add the prawns, and add the tomato paste to thicken.
- serve with lots of rice, naan, or pita bread.
FYI, the dal is exactly the same, except you don't include the spicy stuff (red chili, chili powder) and you add a cup of lentils in step 3 instead of chopped tomatoes. Then stop after step 4. Dal is the best - usually served as a side dish, but we like it as a main. Fresh chopped cilantro as a garnish makes it complete.