How to cook… Chicken Rogan

Recipes

Serves 4 as a main dish

It’s safe to say you need to like tomatoes to enjoy Chicken Rogan. A medium-strength dish, it’s based on a classic curry with the addition of the extra tomatoes and red pepper mimicking the redness of the authentic lamb version.

What you need…
• 2 Tablespoons ghee
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1 teaspoon garlic paste
• 600ml Base Curry Sauce
• 2 Tablespoons tomato ketchup
• 800g chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
• 0.5 red pepper, cut into small chunks
• small handful fresh coriander, finely chopped
• 1.5 teaspoons garam masala
• salt to taste
• 2 tomatoes, cut into segments

Spice Mix 1
• 1 Tablespoon mild curry powder
• 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
• 1 teaspoon chilli powder
• 1 teaspoon vinegar

How to make it
1. Heat the rest of the ghee to a high heat. While it is heating up mix the Spice Mix with the vinegar and enough water to form a sloppy paste.
2. Add the cumin seeds and fry for 15 seconds. They should sizzle immediately. You can test the ghee is hot enough by adding one seed.
3. Add the garlic paste and cook for 1 minute on a lower heat. You may have to remove the pan from the heat initially to stop the paste burning. (If it burns then throw it away and start again.)
4. Add the Spice Mix paste and cook for 2 minutes. It should now be thick and gloopy.
5. Add the Base Curry Sauce and the tomato and cook for 2 minutes.
6. Add the chicken and red pepper, mix well and cook for five minutes.
7. Add the coriander stems, garam masala and salt, and cook for 2 minutes.
8. Add the tomatoes and continue cooking until the chicken is fully cooked. The tomatoes should be soft but not broken down

CHEF’S TIP
Avoid overripe tomatoes for this dish or they will break up too easily.
Chicken Rogan. Extra tomatoes anyone?

If you like this you should try our
Prawn RoganMedium Chicken CurryChicken MadrasChicken VindalooChicken BhoonaChicken DopiazaChicken Dhansak

What’s red and square? … an uncool tomato.

Lucky curry dip

4. Takeaways

Mirchi, London, E14
(Takeaway)

Ah, what to do when you collect your takeaway, only to open it up at home and discover they haven’t given you exactly what you ordered? In honesty it didn’t make too much difference when I discovered one of the dishes from Mirchi was a Chicken Dopiaza instead of a Chicken Rogan (both £5.25)  because I like them both. I certainly wasn’t going back. But on a previous visit I’d had an extra rice I hadn’t ordered (and I definitely wasn’t going back that time) so this was fast becoming a lucky-dip curry place for me.

The food at this good old neighbourhood curry place is pretty decent anyway. Tucked away in a little arcade just off the Westferry Road it wouldn’t be the easiest place to stumble across. And although there are quite a few cafeteria-style tables this looks more takeaway than restaurant.

Recommended dishes are Chicken Bemisal (at £6.20, a sort of extra hot Dansak thanks to the green chillies) and Chicken Tikka Green Chilli Bhuna (£6.20) a bit of a mouthful in all senses.

Parking: along Westferry Road.
Delivery: free within three miles for minimum orders of £10.
Specials: 10% discount on collected takeaway orders over £10 (excluding set meals).
Beer while you’re waiting: The Tooke is a few metres away.
Waiting time: was about 15-20 minutes from the time of order.

Mirchi, 7 The Quarterdeck (off Westferry Road), Poplar, London, E14 8SH. Tel: 020 7515 7171. Open: Sun-Thurs 6pm-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-midnight.

Mirchi snapshot

Food 6⃣

Waiting area 5⃣

Value 6⃣

Service and friendliness 5⃣

Takeaway time

4. Takeaways

Chondona, Liphook, Hampshire
(Takeaway)

It says a lot about our times that the village of Liphook has more curry outlets than pubs (at least for now as one of them is being renovated after a fire). Chondona is the old favourite, having been here for years and it is the only one in the village itself (the other two, a Nepalese and a takeaway are in the new bit further down the old A3).

It advertises itself as serving contemporary Bangladeshi cuisine, although it serves the usual range of dishes from all the old-school favourites to tandoori and everything in between.

The front part of the restaurant was full (there is a side overflow area as well) early on a Saturday night and from what I saw the takeaway side of the business is thriving as well. People collecting their food can either stand at the small bar or take a seat at a table that has been set aside for them near the bar. It’s a perfectly pleasant place to have a draught Kingfisher or bottle of Bud (£2.05) but is maybe a bit too close to those dining and might make some a bit uncomfortable. It’s never nice to feel like you’re gate crashing someone’s big night out, them all dressed up and you with overcoat and scarf and a bottled beer to while away the time. Yes, yes, I know I could ring up and order in advance but I never do. Imagine – horror – if it was ready when I arrived? Then I wouldn’t have an excuse for ordering a beer…

The potato in the Aloo Gobi (£2.55) was a bit over-cooked and crumbly but the Chicken Rogan (£4.95) was delicious, with the amount of tomato spot on (i.e. loads of it) and, joy oh joy, the chicken was not in those over-perfect cubes that some restaurants insist on dishing up. There, in the tasty thick sauce and coated in the juicy toms were great big piece of chicken, not uniform, and not looking processed. I mopped it up with a Keema nan (£1.95).

Parking: large car park at Hungry Horse pub opposite or a smaller one at the back.
Delivery: free within six miles for minimum orders of £15 (last orders 10pm).
Specials: 10% discount on collected takeaway orders over £10.
Beer while you’re waiting: Chondona is a fully licensed restaurant or the Hungry Horse pub is opposite.
Waiting time: was about 15-20 minutes from the time of order.

Chondona, 15 The Square, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7AB. Tel: 01428 724201 or 722095. Open: daily noon–2p.30m, 6pm–11.30pm.

Chondona snapshot

Food 6⃣

Waiting area 4⃣

Value 8⃣

Service and friendliness 8⃣