Hi, Ray here again.
It is weekend curry time again and once more Saturday morning finds me browsing through the great range of curry recipes on the Curry Focus website. This time, one of the chicken curry recipes caught my eye. It was for a chicken bhuna. I love a good chicken bhuna so the Saturday shop saw me picking up the chicken breasts whilst doing the weekly food hunt (or is it weekly food gathering?).
Anyway, there was nothing really challenging to this recipe. There were not an excessive number of ingredients, preparation time was negligible and the cooking time was only around 35 minutes. In other words, this is an easy chicken bhuna curry to make.
I prepared the ingredients before the dinner guests arrived and started the cooking about 15 minutes before they arrived.
And there was nothing at all complicated about this recipe. The only thing that I had to watch was make sure that the curry ingredients did not stick to the frying pan when I added the spice powders.
I timed the basmati rice to be ready at the same time as the bhuna curry and pretty soon I was serving the Chicken Bhuna curry on basmati rice to the eager diners.
One thing that I noticed right away was that the sauce was runny. I’m used to a bhuna curry having a thick sauce so things did not look right.
The diners only picked at the bhuna curry. It was pale orange/yellow and tasted very bland. There was lots of onion, which was about the only good thing in the curry (apart from the chicken being well cooked). Overall, this was a pretty disappointing bhuna curry and it received a low taste score of 6 out of 10 with a spice/heat level of “Mild”.
To me, this was not a bhuna curry. In my eyes, a bhuna has a thick sauce that is spicy (ranging from medium hot to hot). And a good bhuna is dark, not an insipid orange/yellow (the onions should probably have been well browned rather than just cooked to softness). So this recipe is placed in the “Disappointing” file whilst the search for a great chicken bhuna continues (I reviewed a beef bhuna recipe a while ago and it was really good so there must be some great chicken bhuna recipes out there that I can try).