One of my New Year's resolutions is to cook curry from scratch. I have been told that it is really not rocket science, just patience and good taste buds to do taste testing.
Having tasted mutton curry made with love by my Auntie in law (Is that such a term?), I plucked u the courage to request for the recipe. She was generous and proceeded to take out her little black book filled with hand written recipes and handed it to me. I took out my iphone and quickly typed the recipe in.
Coming back to Perth, I told myself that I have to try it quickly since if i leave it a side, it will become "the recipe that i said i will try but it's still sitting there". Plucking up my courage, I told granny that I would like to have a go on a Saturday evening. (Since returning to Perth, the kitchen is my granny's playground! I have to ask permission to use it!)
Given that I do not have access to the kitchen as much, I planned and plotted. And guess what? My vege store RAN OUT OF CURRY LEAF and ginger was costing AU$38 a kg at Woolworths. WHY WHY WHY WHY. No fear, I decided to give it a go anyway and see how it pans out.
Next mistake, the recipe calls for 2 tsp of chili powder, I put 1/2 knowing that the chili powder I have on hand is potent. Yup, it was super potent..so potent that my poor granny couldn't take more than 2 mouthfuls of it. Next time, It's a sprinkle or a pinch.
Well, at least i gave it a go. It was still good. Just that I think curry leaves and ginger would have make a huge difference to the fragrance. I saw curry leaves in stock last week, I decided to store it in the freezer for one of those weekends that I can make another batch of Lamb Curry.
Lamb Curry1kg of Lamb or Mutton
2 medium onions
4 springs of curry leaves
4 cm of cinnamon stick
2 star anise
1 cm ginger
blend together 3 cloves of garlic, 1 big onion
2 tbsp of meat curry powder
sprinkle of chili powder-TASTE TEST!!
salt to taste.
2 potatoes in cubes
Coriander to garnish.
Boil lamb with sliced onions with just enough water to cover meat (approx 30 to 45 mins)
Heat some oil, add cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, cardamon and curry leaves. Stir till u can smell it! Then add blended ingredients.
Fry mixture till brown and fragrant. Add curry and chili powder. Add in cooked meat with the remaining liquid and potatoes. Season. Simmer till it's slightly thicker.