Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Vindaloo Anyone?

It seems our local Safeway doesn't sell enough of the Patak's Vindaloo Curry Paste to warrant carrying it. It dropped off the shelves six months ago and no amount of my wishing has made it return. So I got on the net and found a recipe which I have just mashed up in my trusty Aldi mortar and pestle. I now have an extremely pungent beef curry with lentils brewing away on the stove.

It must be potent as well, because when Lily came in for her dinner, she sneezed and shook her head. Poodles mustn't be big on Vindaloo.

This recipe isn't like Pataks, but it's rip-roarin' chilli-hot and very fragrant.

Vindaloo Curry Paste Recipe

Use in Vindaloo recipes calling for Vindaloo curry paste. Easy to make so you don't have to buy it and you can have it fresh. Easy to store and freeze as well.

2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 fresh red chillies, chopped
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 whole cloves
6 whole peppercorns
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1.Place all ingredients in food processor and blend for 20 seconds or until smooth.
2.Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
3.May freeze for up to 2 months.
4.Use as directed in recipes.


Andrew said...

We have had a go at this, but Patak's is good and far cheaper if you need it irregularly. Who needs cook books anymore.

BlissHill said...

I love Pataks Vindaloo, but it's not available close by. I really love their Rogan Josh too.

This recipe was not as hot to taste as I expected (more chilli?) but the subtle spicey flavours were really good.

It made enough for three curries for two, so two are in the freezer.

dysthymiac said...

There are vile politics involved in what items appear (or not) on Safeway shelves.
When The Consumers figure out what is happening ... it will be too late to stop it.
One of my favourite staples disappeared, but was replaced by their own brand version containing sugar - which my staple did not.
Luckily I was able to shift to Coles (the other evil food monolith)for it ( and the staple is a wonder-food: Orgran organic stoneground buckwheat flour, 42% protein and not a cereal).

Cumin and turmeric are Very Good For One's Systems, so keep on cookin'.

poor Lily.

BlissHill said...

My Zara's special dry doggie tucker went from $30 something to $36 something without blinking an eye in Safeway.

The they changed our two kilo bags of yummy Sunbeam sultanas to 1.5kg and the price skyrocketed. So many more changes they think we will swallow.

Then so many packets are marked 'made by local and imported ingredients'. I hate that one..........

Monoliths is the word.