How to cook… Chicken and Mushroom Balti

Recipes

Serves 4 as a main dish

The joy of balti cooking is that it mixes and matches different ingredients. If you want it then add it to your dish Add mushrooms to the classic Chicken Balti and, hey presto, you have a Chicken and Mushroom Balti.

What you need…
• 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
• 3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
• 3cm piece of ginger, peel and cut into small chunks
• 0.5 onion, sliced
• 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
• 600g Base Curry Sauce
• 1 teaspoon garam masala
• 3 Tablespoons chopped coriander
• 600g chicken, cut into small bite-sized pieces
• 200g mushrooms, thinly sliced
• Salt, to taste

Balti Masala
• 1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
• 3 cardamoms
• 2 cloves
• 3 dried red chillies
• 4 bay leaves


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• 0.5 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon turmeric


How to make it…
1. Dry fry the ingredients of the Balti Masala (except the salt and turmeric) in a heated pan until they release their aromas (about 2 minutes). Grind them to a powder. Add the salt and turmeric, and add some water to form a paste. Set aside.
2. Heat the oil to high heat, add the fenugreek seeds and fry for 15 seconds. They should sizzle immediately. You can test the ghee is hot enough by adding one seed.
3. Turn down the heat, add the garlic and ginger and fry for 2 minutes.
4. Add the onion and fry for 1 minute.
5. Add the Balti Masala, the tomato paste and fry for 3 minutes, adding a little water if needed.
6. Add the Base Curry Sauce, garam masala, 2 Tablespoons of coriander, chicken, and mushrooms, and cook until all the chicken pieces are cooked through (about 10 minutes). Stir frequently, add salt to taste and water if needed.
7. Serve straight away, garnished with the rest of the coriander.

CHEF’S TIP
Experiment with other combinations. Add sweetcorn, peppers, extra garlic, whatever you fancy, to the classic Chicken Balti and you have a combination dish.

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Heard someone they can eat these easily? It’s a phallacy.

How to cook… Sag Mushroom

Recipes

Serves 4 as a side dish

Mushroom and spinach made simple. Just the mushrooms and spinach to some Base Curry Sauce, spices and garlic.

What you need…
• 2 Tablespoons ghee
• 2 garlic cloves, sliced
• 2 red chillies
• 600g mushrooms, washed and sliced
• 160g Base Curry Sauce
• small handful coriander, chopped
• 200g spinach, chopped
• salt, to taste

Spice Mix
• 1 teaspoon garam masala
• 1 teaspoon chilli powder
• 0.5 teaspoon turmeric

How to make it
1. Heat the ghee to a medium heat. While it is heating mix the Spice Mix with enough water to form a sloppy paste.
2. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
3. Add the Spice Mix and chilli, and cook for 2 minutes. It should now be thick and gloopy.
4. Add the mushrooms and stir fry for 2 minutes.
5. Add the Base Curry Sauce, coriander and spinach, and cook for 2 minutes.
6. Add the salt and heat through until the mushrooms are cooked and soft.

CHEF’S TIP
If you don’t like wilted spinach you can purée it before adding it instead.
Sag Mushroom, add chillies for a kick.

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What sporting event do the mushrooms play in? … The Champignons League.

How to cook… Mushroom Bhajee

Recipes

Serves 4 as a side dish

A simple dish for mushroom lovers. Just add the mushrooms to some Base Curry Sauce, spices and garlic.

What you need…
• 2 Tablespoons ghee
• 2 garlic cloves, sliced
• 2 red chillies
• 600g mushrooms, washed and sliced
• 160g Base Curry Sauce
• small handful coriander, chopped
• salt, to taste

Spice Mix
• 1 teaspoon garam masala
• 1 teaspoon chilli powder
• 0.5 teaspoon turmeric

How to make it
1. Heat the ghee to a medium heat. While it is heating mix the Spice Mix with enough water to form a sloppy paste.
2. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
3. Add the Spice Mix and chilli, and cook for 2 minutes. It should now be thick and gloopy.
4. Add the mushrooms and stir fry for 2 minutes.
5. Add the Base Curry Sauce and coriander, and cook for 2 minutes.
6. Add the salt and heat through until the mushrooms are cooked and soft.

CHEF’S TIP
This recipe will create a dryish dish but if you like more sauce with your potatoes simply add more Base Curry Sauce.
Mushroom Bhajee, spicy mushroom curry.

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Why do fans of this dish sit together? … Because they don’t need mushroom.