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30
Nov
18

Potato Curry

Most curry dishes, you think with meat often chicken, but this one uses the lowly potato.

Time to get spicy hot !

Getting the rhythm of the curry cooking, while I watch some periscopes of persons in India cooking, it becomes a secondhand nature.

Don’t mind the ingredients, keep it simple, (until the spices !)

Parboiled some potatoes and shallot. Drain. with smaller potato you could probably skip this step.

Prepare the spice palate. Tomato in place of tomato paste.

I prepared some ghee.

Wok fry the potato and shallots slightly browned in the gee, remove from pan.

add the spices and toast very quickly in  a bit of ghee. Alternatively you can sputter whole spices, even better with a curry leaf.

 

add the tomato

cook till the oil separates for the mix.Add back the potato and shallots

cook till desired thickness

good alone or as a side dish.

I’ve made slight variations of this recipe,

  • sputter or cook the spices in ghee
  • add onion , ginger etc.
  • add tomato paste, stock
  • add main ingredients, potato, meat, vegetables
  • simmer
  • serve

other notes

use grated fresh turmeric

curry leaves

grated fresh ginger

dried or fresh chopped hot peppers

whole preferred or dried spices and seeds

 

 

 

30
Nov
18

Cruffins

A new method for dough, I had though of this idea but wasn’t sure of what type of dough would work with the pasta machine. Found this recipe. A bit labor intensive, but a different take on the traditional dinner rolls.

ladyandpups.com

Here’s the ingredients, refer to the link for the technique.

Ingredients

  • 150 grams (1 cup + 1 tbsp) bread flour
  • 150 grams (1 cup + 1 tbsp) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp (6 grams) instant dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp (11 grams) salt
  • 130 grams (1/2 cup) luke-warm water + 30 grams (2 tbsp) for adjustment
  • 50 grams (3 1/2 tbsp) unsalted butter, soften and cubed
  • 165 grams (11 1/2 tbsp) unsalted butter, room-temperature

I doubled the recipe but made each batch separate.

Utilized tipo “00” for the bread flour and all-purpose for the other flour.

There’s a lot of mixing involved, but with the dough hook on the machine it’s just a matter of time.

after the butter has been blended in I let it mix about 15 minutes at medium low-speed.

The fun is just beginning !

As the recipe suggests, loop the dough back through the pasta roller before it runs through resulting in a continuous loop, too long to effectively manage once you decrease the thickness settings with results in a long loop of dough. I did each strip without the looping, possibly with a helper the continuous loop method will work , but I didn’t see it as an advantage.

The dough, I guess with the amount of butter incorporated and the long kneading time , is very forgiving, it went very thin without breakage and very silky and manageable. I hope you like playing with butter, a lot more is spread on the dough strips, I found out by microwaving the sticks of butter several seconds only and somewhat whisking, the butter became soft enough for spreading with an offset spatula. Too thick a butter results in tears in the paper-thin dough. You merely roll the butter frosted strips cigar style. Placing one rolled strip on top of another  unrolled strip and rolling again. Then it cut length wise, exposing the lamination.  Just loop the half cigar with the lamination on the outer circumference pulling the ends together to fit in a muffin pan.

(I don’t know why you could not just place one buttered strip, on top of another and roll them at once. Possibly once buttered would be too fragile to lift.)

The recipe suggest letting the cruffins rise till double, mine did nit really as I noticed a fast rise only after a short rest of the initial mix of the dough.

No problem with the baking , with the high butter content and the buttered muffin tins, the butter will be bubbling within the tins at the completion of baking. I feared that the cruffins would be soggy ! NO they finished extremely light and crispy on the outer edges and pull apart flaky interiors. Of course with buttery flavor. No reason to have to butter these rolls ! Broken apart on the plate, pour over some gravy !

Now the real test as they are presented at the Holiday dinner table.

Hurry up before they are all gone !

Many comments and accolades from the family food critics ! Since I bake many variations of dough products, some not repeated, they asked if this would be another one time bake !  Now, I’m going to repeat this recipe, more free form croissant style less the muffin pan, and perhaps a savory version.  Even though the recipe calls for the powered sugar atop , of course for dinner rolls I omitted that.

The labor of this recipe goes into the rolling of the dough through the pasta machine and  time wise  kneading 15 minutes with the mixer. Have plenty of butter on hand for this recipe. (I made one recipe without salt and salted butter and one recipe with salt and  salted butter with, I could not tell the difference. ) Also I weighed the ingredients, highly recommended, so there was no problem with the consistency of the dough in both recipes. After the 15 minutes of dough hook time, the dough came together beautifully.




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