Saturday, February 07, 2009


Here in the West Midlands, we got off fairly lightly with the snowfall at the beginning of the week. I know others had a significant amount of snow and it brought lots of things to a grinding halt. The children loved it though, and it was definitely the right sort of snow to build snowmen and have lots of fun.

Curry is always good to eat when the weather is cold and brings with it lots of comfort.

This recipe is by James Martin and was taken from THE COLLECTION - ISNB 978-1-84533-350-8 - Page 146. I found a link to the recipe on the UKTV Food website. Simple this curry recipe may be, but it was totally delicious.

James says to use fresh tomatoes, even in the summer most of our tomatoes are unfortunately tasteless. I replaced these with half a large tin of chopped tomatoes, at least this way you get some tomato flavour.

Chilli powder - now how much, or how little! In the recipe it says one tablespoon of chilli powder - in this house we definitely aren't brave enough for that amount. I'm presuming he means mild chilli powder, still sounds quite a lot to me though. Perhaps some of you have used this amount of mild chilli powder in other recipes and can let me know if you think this sounds about right. Unfortunately, I didn't make a note of how much chilli powder I used, but I mostly use an organic hot chilli powder from Waitrose and am guessing I would have used half a teaspoon.

Coconut powder is a store cupboard essential, I never use canned coconut milk. It works out far better value as you can measure out the powder and then add water to make up the same amount as you would buy in a can. You can buy this at most Tesco Supermarkets.

I've never had takeaway but always make my own curry, for no other reason than I love roasting the spices and smelling the curry as it is cooking.

This recipe is for four people, but if there are only the two of you, make the full amount in the recipe and freeze the rest for a rainy day.

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Sylvie said...

Or you could post your leftovers to me?! It looks wonderful. I haven't had a curry in a while, I think that needs to change.

Jan said...

We'll also have some of your leftovers posted to us please!
A really good picture - very fancy looking indeed.

Antonia said...

A delicious-looking recipe. I want to start making more curries - I don't make them very often.
Like you, I think I'd go for half a teaspoon of chilli powder.

Maria said...

This curry looks wonderful, perfect food for this cold weather we are having!


Sam said...

Hmmm I've got this book I think I'll give this recipe a go. I love the photo, it looks great.

I agree with you about the tomatoes, fresh are a waste of time in the winter, they taste of nothing.

The Caked Crusader said...

Beautiful presentation - it looks so inviting!
Glad to hear you escaped the worst of the weather. Where I am it's only the roads and pavements that are clear. All the gardens and fields are still underneath snow

Anne said...

That looks really good, have also got the book at home and think will have to christen it with this one!

Lennie Nash said...

What a fantastic looking curry! God I'm hungry!

Rosie said...

An excellent looking curry M!! Perfect for the cold days we are having here!

Rosie x

Dee said...

Heat wave or not, I can't resist a good curry. Lamb always rocks! We're spice fiends here so 1 tbsp sounds about right ;)

Margaret said...

Thank you as always for your kind comments - they are very much appreciated.