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Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby inthedark » Thu May 08, 2008 6:21 pm

I'm a 40-something year old Canadian who has travelled extensively, including various parts of England.......HOWEVER, I'm totally embarrassed :oops: to say that until last week I have never had a curry dish before. Well my goodness, I could kick myself for waiting so long - it was fantastic!! I bought two jars of Patak's at Costco last weekend, one Butter Chicken and the other Tikka Masala. I'm not sure if that counts as a 'real' curry, but I loved the flavour so much (as did my family, who often accuse me of trying to poison them at mealtimes) that I want more, more, more!! I feel a fool for not having tried it sooner, but I'm going to make up for it now!! :)
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Re: Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby SUGARBABE » Fri May 09, 2008 8:35 am

inthedark wrote:I'm a 40-something year old Canadian who has travelled extensively, including various parts of England.......HOWEVER, I'm totally embarrassed :oops: to say that until last week I have never had a curry dish before. Well my goodness, I could kick myself for waiting so long - it was fantastic!! I bought two jars of Patak's at Costco last weekend, one Butter Chicken and the other Tikka Masala. I'm not sure if that counts as a 'real' curry, but I loved the flavour so much (as did my family, who often accuse me of trying to poison them at mealtimes) that I want more, more, more!! I feel a fool for not having tried it sooner, but I'm going to make up for it now!! :)



That's NOTHING. Wait till you taste our FAMOUS curries in Durban!

My daughter has to fill her suitcase with Gorimas curries when she goes back to AUS. Her boyfriend (an aussie) is hooked on it.

We have a famous takeaway in Sparks Road called Johnnys Roti. Their curries are legend! We are also famed for our Bunnies. Not the four legged one, but it is a half loaf of bread, with the centre scooped out, you can either put chicken curry, beef curry, or lamb curry in it. You then replace the bread you have removed and place it on top! Try it, it is divine. Specially after a late night out
on the town! The curry must be very hot though. The hotter the better. Good luck!
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Postby cushty » Fri May 09, 2008 10:09 am

inthedark wrote:I'm a 40-something year old Canadian who has travelled extensively, including various parts of England.......HOWEVER, I'm totally embarrassed :oops: to say that until last week I have never had a curry dish before. Well my goodness, I could kick myself for waiting so long - it was fantastic!! I bought two jars of Patak's at Costco last weekend, one Butter Chicken and the other Tikka Masala. I'm not sure if that counts as a 'real' curry, but I loved the flavour so much (as did my family, who often accuse me of trying to poison them at mealtimes) that I want more, more, more!! I feel a fool for not having tried it sooner, but I'm going to make up for it now!! :)



I use Patak's different curry pastes all the time

in fact, if the firm ever went out of business I would probably have to move to India
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Postby SUGARBABE » Fri May 09, 2008 10:25 am

I use Patak's different curry pastes all the time

in fact, if the firm ever went out of business I would probably have to move to India[/quote]


Cush, we have a massive indian population here in Durban. We get to eat Southern and Northern dishes. But my personal best is the Southern. Hot and exotic!
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Postby cushty » Fri May 09, 2008 10:45 am

thank God for immigration, I say

otherwise we'd still be living off boiled potatoes and cabbage over here :roll:
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Re: Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby itwasntme » Fri May 09, 2008 10:54 am

Bunny Chow I believe is the correct word for the bread filled with the curry's

But that wasnt the best I had in my 6 years in the S.A.

Biltong and boerewors can not be beaten

Now in Mallorca Spain I have normal curry's such as Tikka Masala but only served with the Naan Breads (garlick and coriander flavour)

I wont have a curry with out the naan

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Re: Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby SUGARBABE » Fri May 09, 2008 11:06 am

itwasntme wrote:Bunny Chow I believe is the correct word for the bread filled with the curry's

But that wasnt the best I had in my 6 years in the S.A.

Biltong and boerewors can not be beaten

Now in Mallorca Spain I have normal curry's such as Tikka Masala but only served with the Naan Breads (garlick and coriander flavour)

I wont have a curry with out the naan

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Locally we refer to them as Bunnies! In fact you walk into a shop and just ask for a half!

I'm personally not a fan of Biltong or Boerewors.
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Postby chimaera » Fri May 09, 2008 11:11 am

Tika Masala is something that Indian restaurants came up with in the UK to suit the British palate. It does not exist in traditional Asian cooking. It's good, though!
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Re: Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby SUGARBABE » Fri May 09, 2008 11:30 am

As we are on about Curries, I thought I would send you this for a laugh.

NATAL CURRY COMPETITION

Note: Please take time to read this slowly.
For those of you who have lived in Natal, you know how typical this is.
They actually have a Curry Cook-off about June/July.
It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the Royal Show in PMB.
Judge #3 was an inexperienced food critic named Frank, who was visiting
From America.
Frank: "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a
Curry Cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment
and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for
directions to the Beer Garden when the call came in. I was assured by
the other two judges (Natal Indians) that the curry wouldn't be all that spicy and,
besides, they told me I could have free beer during the
tasting, so I accepted".
Here are the scorecard notes from the event:
CURRY # 1 - SEELAN'S MANIAC MONSTER TOMATO CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.
Judge # 2 -- Nice smooth tomato flavour. Very mild.
Judge # 3 (Frank) -- Holy xxxx, what the hell is this stuff? You could
remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the
flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These people are crazy.
CHILI #2 - PHOENIX BBQ CHICKEN CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of chicken. Slight chili tang.
Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure what
I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who
Wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver! They had to rush in more beer
When they saw the look on my face.
CURRY # 3 - SHAMILA'S FAMOUS "BURN DOWN THE GARAGE" CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse curry. Great kick.
Judge # 2 -- A bit salty, good use of chili peppers.
Judge # 3 -- Call 911. I've located a uraniums pill. My nose feels like
I have been snorting Drain Cleaner. Everyone knows the routine by now.
Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone
is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting p***** from all the beer.
CHILI # 4 - BABOO'S BLACK MAGIC BEAN CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- Black bean curry with almost no spice. Disappointing.
Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or
other mild foods, not much of a curry.
Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable
to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Shareen, the
beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 200kg woman is
starting to look HOT...just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?
CHILI # 5 LALL'S LEGAL LIP REMOVER...
Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong curry. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding
considerable kick. Very impressive.
Judge # 2 -- Average beef curry, could use more tomato. Must admit the
chili peppers make a strong statement.
Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no
longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The
contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage.
Shareen saved my tongue from xxxxxxxx by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher.
I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges
asked me to stop screaming. Screw them.
CHILI # 6 - VERISHNEE'S VEGETARIAN VARIETY...
Judge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety curry. Good balance of spices and peppers.
Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.
Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous,
sulfuric flames. I am definitely going to xxxx myself if I fart and I'm
worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand
behind me except that Shareen. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to
wipe my ass with a snow cone ice-cream.
CHILI # 7 - SELINA'S "MOTHER-IN-LAW'S-TONGUE" CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- A mediocre curry with too much reliance on canned
peppers.
Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a
can of chili peppers at the last moment. (I should take note at this
stage that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit
of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably).
Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I
wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds
like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with curry which
slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my
shirt. At least, during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me. I've
decided to stop breathing- it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting
any oxygen anyway. If I need air I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch
hole in my stomach.
CHILI # 8 - NAIDOO'S TOENAIL CURLING CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending. This is a nice blend curry. Not too bold
but spicy enough to declare its existence.
Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced curry. Neither mild
nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted,
passed out, fell over and pulled the curry pot down on top of himself.
Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor man, wonder how he'd have
reacted to really hot curry?
Judge # 3 - No Report.
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Re: Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby Sandie » Fri May 09, 2008 12:06 pm

SUGARBABE wrote:As we are on about Curries, I thought I would send you this for a laugh.

NATAL CURRY COMPETITION

Note: Please take time to read this slowly.
For those of you who have lived in Natal, you know how typical this is.
They actually have a Curry Cook-off about June/July.
It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the Royal Show in PMB.
Judge #3 was an inexperienced food critic named Frank, who was visiting
From America.
Frank: "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a
Curry Cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment
and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for
directions to the Beer Garden when the call came in. I was assured by
the other two judges (Natal Indians) that the curry wouldn't be all that spicy and,
besides, they told me I could have free beer during the
tasting, so I accepted".
Here are the scorecard notes from the event:
CURRY # 1 - SEELAN'S MANIAC MONSTER TOMATO CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.
Judge # 2 -- Nice smooth tomato flavour. Very mild.
Judge # 3 (Frank) -- Holy xxxx, what the hell is this stuff? You could
remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the
flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These people are crazy.
CHILI #2 - PHOENIX BBQ CHICKEN CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of chicken. Slight chili tang.
Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure what
I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who
Wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver! They had to rush in more beer
When they saw the look on my face.
CURRY # 3 - SHAMILA'S FAMOUS "BURN DOWN THE GARAGE" CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse curry. Great kick.
Judge # 2 -- A bit salty, good use of chili peppers.
Judge # 3 -- Call 911. I've located a uraniums pill. My nose feels like
I have been snorting Drain Cleaner. Everyone knows the routine by now.
Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone
is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting p***** from all the beer.
CHILI # 4 - BABOO'S BLACK MAGIC BEAN CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- Black bean curry with almost no spice. Disappointing.
Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or
other mild foods, not much of a curry.
Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable
to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Shareen, the
beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 200kg woman is
starting to look HOT...just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?
CHILI # 5 LALL'S LEGAL LIP REMOVER...
Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong curry. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding
considerable kick. Very impressive.
Judge # 2 -- Average beef curry, could use more tomato. Must admit the
chili peppers make a strong statement.
Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no
longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The
contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage.
Shareen saved my tongue from xxxxxxxx by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher.
I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges
asked me to stop screaming. Screw them.
CHILI # 6 - VERISHNEE'S VEGETARIAN VARIETY...
Judge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety curry. Good balance of spices and peppers.
Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.
Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous,
sulfuric flames. I am definitely going to xxxx myself if I fart and I'm
worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand
behind me except that Shareen. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to
wipe my ass with a snow cone ice-cream.
CHILI # 7 - SELINA'S "MOTHER-IN-LAW'S-TONGUE" CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- A mediocre curry with too much reliance on canned
peppers.
Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a
can of chili peppers at the last moment. (I should take note at this
stage that I am worried about Judge # 3. He appears to be in a bit
of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably).
Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I
wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds
like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with curry which
slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my
shirt. At least, during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me. I've
decided to stop breathing- it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting
any oxygen anyway. If I need air I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch
hole in my stomach.
CHILI # 8 - NAIDOO'S TOENAIL CURLING CURRY...
Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending. This is a nice blend curry. Not too bold
but spicy enough to declare its existence.
Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced curry. Neither mild
nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted,
passed out, fell over and pulled the curry pot down on top of himself.
Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor man, wonder how he'd have
reacted to really hot curry?
Judge # 3 - No Report.



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I must be honest with you, my best curry ever is SELINA'S MOTHER-IN-LAW'S TONGUE.
Mohamed our local curry chap also sometimes mixes me a special. I also agree with Cushty
thank god for immigration, especially years ago to our shores here is S.A.
What would life be without curry!!!!
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Re: Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby Sandie » Fri May 09, 2008 12:14 pm

inthedark

I'm terribly sorry to hear that you only found out about curry so late in life. We here in Southern Africa have had these dishes since time immemorial when our Indian friends hit our shores here, I think in the 1600's. They are the greatest cooks on the face of the earth. Real curry comes in powder form here, as well as bottled, and has a much better taste.I am sure you can get it mixed for you as I do on one of your travels again. Also, when you really wish to poison your family, don't forget to add the chillies!!! That will give them a wake up call.
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Re: Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby bomaris » Fri May 09, 2008 12:22 pm

Prepare to be a 40 stone plus Canadian...
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Re: Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby inthedark » Fri May 09, 2008 4:08 pm

chimaera wrote:Tika Masala is something that Indian restaurants came up with in the UK to suit the British palate. It does not exist in traditional Asian cooking. It's good, though!


Thanks - I didn't realise that! It's the same with Chinese food here in Canada - I have a Chinese friend who laughs at how Canadians love Lemon Chicken, yet apparently they have no such thing in China. :)
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Re: Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby inthedark » Fri May 09, 2008 4:09 pm

bomaris wrote:Prepare to be a 40 stone plus Canadian...


:lol: :lol: :lol:
I think I'm probably pretty close to that now!! :wink:
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Re: Curry - now I know what all the fuss is about!

Postby inthedark » Fri May 09, 2008 4:10 pm

cushty wrote:thank God for immigration, I say

otherwise we'd still be living off boiled potatoes and cabbage over here :roll:


Amen Cushty, although I do love the simplicity of English food too! :)
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