Sunday, 29 November 2009

A Curry for Curry Week

Last week, as some of you may know, was national curry week. National Curry Week is, in its essence, a two pronged attack; designed to both promote the cuisine and culture of India and to raise money for the less advantaged around the world. What makes this year's national curry week extra special is that it's the two hundredth anniversary of the opening of Britain's first Indian restaurant, by Sake Dean Mahomed; he named his joint Hindoostanee Coffee House.

Clearly we had to celebrate this most auspicious of occasions; it's right there below Remembrance Sunday and Guy Fawkes as the third best special time cycle in November in our books (we decidedly prefer it to world toilet day and anti-bullying week, also both in November..). So, in order to commemorate this special week we invited a bunch of friends round and and cooked two different curries - one of these curries was supposed to be spicy and one wasn't in order to cater to all tastes.

As a stupid white male I obviously felt a need to make the spicy one very hot. I put two chillis into the cooking and a second chilli was cut up for garnish, alongside plentiful vindaloo curry paste and extra chilli powder. Weirdly it ended up virtually identical to the supposedly non-spicy curry. Rubbish to that i say.

Anyhow, here's how we knocked up the spicy one...
1. Firstly soften some garlic in olive oil, then add a well chopped onion. Saute.
2. Add mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower and swede (already softened up a by a spot of steaming in the microwave) to the mix and fry for quite a while; ten minutes or so.
3. Add some vindaloo paste and fry it all up for a bit longer.
4. Add two cups of hot water, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and some tomato puree.
5. Put a lid on the pan and let it simmer away for approx half an hour, adding water or tomato puree depending on if it looks too watery or too thick.

If you'd like to donate to The Curry Tree charitable fund (the main driving force behind curry week), then click here. The Curry Tree distributes what riches it gets to worthwhile charities doing crucial work for the malnourished, starving and poor (charities like Oxfam and Action Against Hunger). You even get posted a free curry recipe book if you donate too...

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