Hi, Ray here again.
The weekend is here and time for another recipe test from the great range on the Curry Focus website.
What I most like about the Curry Focus recipes is that they are easy to follow. So non-cooks like me can produce a great tasting curry without too much effort.
As I’ve said before, I’m not a natural cook. I’ve spent years “grazing” and being fed.
But that’s not true anymore. I’m beginning to understand how the ingredients interact with each other and how they contribute to the finished meal.
I can make a basic curry without following a recipe but it is a very basic curry.
But I can make a great meal when I follow the Curry Focus recipes.
There’s been a lot of interest in biryani curry recipes on the website so this week I tried the Lamb Biryani curry recipe.
Once again, I had most of the ingredients and all I had to buy was the lamb and yogurt.
I got up fairly early on Sunday morning, put the lamb into marinate, and then sneaked back to bed for a well-deserved couple of hours rest.
Cooking time arrived in the early evening. I’ve been asked how I know how long it’s going to take to make the meal, seeing that I’ve usually never cooked the dish before.
Well, that’s pretty easy to work out. I just add up the minutes in the recipe, then add 15 minutes for the initial preparation and then 10 minutes for getting things ready, such as heating up the oil or getting a curry up to simmering temperature.
So for this biryani curry recipe, it is 61 minutes cooking time plus 15 minutes preparation time plus 10 minutes – a total of 86 minutes. It takes a few minutes to serve up the meal so the biryani curry probably took 90 minutes.
Plus, this dish took a few hours to marinate the lamb but I can’t really include that in the cooking time, can I?
Anyway, I followed the recipe, step by step, and about 90 minutes later the lamb biryani curry was served up to the waiting diners.
I was a bit anxious about the biryani curry drying out in the last phase but I didn’t need to worry. I checked it every 10 minutes, stirred it well to stop it sticking to the casserole, and it turned out great.
The biryani curry had a lovely, delicate, flavour and was well received by the diners, with “tasty” being the most frequent comment. The biryani curry had a medium heat rating and scored an average of 6.5 out of 10.
I must admit that I’m not a great fan of biryani curry but one of the guests was a fan and said that it was great. Why not give the recipe a try and see for yourself?