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Title: Curry?
Post by: Chris on November 23, 2005, 10:17:58 PM
Whats the best curry house in Belfast?
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Post by: Mageeka on February 03, 2006, 03:08:14 AM
It used to ne my Dad,s house Chris
However i do need to hear of a fine one, for my next visit.
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Post by: belfastred on March 13, 2006, 06:54:44 PM
Whats the best curry house in Belfast?


THE MANDARIN
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Post by: Addy on June 19, 2006, 01:34:13 AM
Belfastred,don't bust yourself with eloquence !!! Where the Hell is it ???
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Post by: Christopher on June 20, 2006, 12:39:17 AM
Belfastred,don't bust yourself with eloquence !!! Where the Hell is it ???

In Belfast Addy :D Where did you think it might be ??? It is a fair question though. I have looked in the 2005/6 Northern Ireland Yellow Pages. Restaurants - Chinese Page 1378 - 1379. There is not a Restaurant - Chinese called The Mandarin. There is a Mandarin City on the Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, a Mandarin House in Scotch Street, Armagh and a Mandarin on the Waterfront in Derry/Londonderry.

Where in tootintarnation is The Mandarin, Belfastred ??? Addy, The Mandarin sounds like a Chinese Restaurant.
Does an Indian Restaurant not serve a better curry than a Chinese Restaurant ???

Whats the best curry house in Belfast?


Chris, are you sure you want a curry ??? We are having serious problems finding the place   I've found one The Jharna Indian Tandoori Restaurant on the Lisburn Road. Loads of people have posted reviews about this place and a guy called Derek says "As for the food, the Jharna has by far the best curry in Belfast and is better that any curry house I have been to anywhere else. If you love curry but havent been to the Jharna yet then you really are missing out."
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Post by: teap on August 24, 2006, 10:52:43 PM
The Mandarin was on the Lisburn road.

Colette
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Post by: EllCee on August 24, 2006, 11:18:03 PM
"Does an Indian Restaurant not serve a better curry than a Chinese Restaurant "

Of course.

I have heard the "Bengal Brasserie" at the old Ormeau Bakery, is highly reccomended.   There is one off Botanic Avenue called the "Maharajah", but I can't remember the name of the street.  It's round the corner from Eason's.

I usually make my own, so can't comment on many of the commercial establishments.
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Post by: Christopher on August 25, 2006, 06:06:58 AM
It's Cromwell Road, Les.
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Post by: EllCee on August 25, 2006, 11:28:19 AM
That's it, Chris.

I see they are not in either of the phone books, so perhaps they have closed. 

There was another Indian restaurant further along Botanic Avenue that I have been to.  It closed a couple of years ago.  Was it called the "Taj Mahal"?  It was quite good, but became very scruffy.  The last time I was there was with Simon and Andrew McDaniel. While we were at the bar, Immigration Dept officials removed a number of staff from the kitchen!
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Post by: Christopher on August 25, 2006, 12:36:39 PM
I presume that meant the service was somewhat slower than usual, Les :D
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Post by: giannineo on August 25, 2006, 10:55:41 PM
Whilst a student in Glasgow I learned the delights of the curry.When I returned to Belfast in 1972 the only Indian Restaurant I could find was around the Methodist Centre across the road and down a bit from the Club Bar.I didn't like it and in any case my mates went to the Swan Chinese Restaurant on the Lisburn Road for the apres Pub nosh.
      One of the first Chinese Restaurants in Belfast served bird's nest soup back in the 60's and the stories you heard as to what the soup was made of were amazing.No offence to the Chinese community whatsoever;but one of the rumours was that the soup was made from crushed Shredded Wheat and Kitekat....laughable.
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Post by: EllCee on August 25, 2006, 11:14:18 PM
"one of the rumours was that the soup was made from crushed Shredded Wheat and Kitekat....laughable."

Whereas everyone knew it was really made from Belfast Pigeon or Portavogie Seagull.

Goodness, some people are really thick  .. :P ;)
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Post by: Christopher on August 26, 2006, 12:35:22 AM
So was the Pigeon and Seagull Soup Les. You had to chew it :D
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Post by: Mageeka on August 26, 2006, 01:48:33 AM
Les
Why dont we write up our curry recipes and see how similar or the oppisite they may be are
I love the stuff
I  curry everything. I curry Heinz baked beans with added olives , boiled raisins, onions and chopped tomatoes
Served  with toasted garlic- buttered, pita bread.
Excellent.
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Post by: EllCee on August 26, 2006, 09:45:56 AM
Les
Why dont we write up our curry recipes and see how similar or the oppisite they may be are
I love the stuff
I  curry everything. I curry Heinz baked beans with added olives , boiled raisins, onions and chopped tomatoes
Served  with toasted garlic- buttered, pita bread.
Excellent.

We could start with any one of the labels on Patak's Curry Paste jars.  Or I have a book entitled "Classic 1000 Indian Recipes", as well as a couple of others.

I'm not that fond of a curry to go to your extreme lengths tho'.   :o
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Post by: EllCee on August 26, 2006, 08:55:02 PM
Les
Why dont we write up our curry recipes and see how similar or the oppisite they may be

Here you are M.  Two to be getting on with:

Lesís Meat Curry

Spices:
2 Bay Leaves
1 x 1" Cinnamon stick
8 Peppercorns
8 Cloves
4 Small Cardamoms
2 Large Cardamoms
4 Garlic cloves (or 5 ml Garlic powder)
1 x 5 ml Ground Ginger
1 x 5 ml Chilli powder
1 x 2.5 ml Ground Turmeric
1 x 5 ml Ground Cumin
1 x 5 ml Ground Coriander
150ml Plain Yoghurt
Coconut Milk/ Cream or finely chopped fresh coconut flesh

Other:
25gms Ghee/oil
1 medium Onion, coarsely chopped
450gms/1lb Meat (cubed)
200 ml water
salt

Instructions:
Make up the spices as follows...
A)  Bay leaves, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, small and large cardamoms.
B)  Garlic, ginger, chilli powder, turmeric, cumin, salt, coriander.

Heat the Ghee/oil and fry the chopped onion until golden brown.
Add ĎAí and fry for 30 seconds.
Add  the cubed meat and "B" and fry, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned.
Stir In the yoghurt and gently fry or "bubble" to remove most of the moisture.
Add the water and gently cook for 40 - 45 mins or until the meat Is tender
10 mins. before the end of cooking add coconut milk/ cream
.
Notes:
1) This recipe will probably work OK with any meat or chicken.
2) If coconut milk/cream is not available, a reasonable substitute can be made from proprietary products available in supermarkets
3) This recipe will make quite a HOT curry. Chilli should be added according to taste!

Lesís Vegetable Curry

Spices:

1 x 5 ml Chilli powder (adjust to taste)
2 x 5 ml Ground Coriander
1 x 2.5ml Turmeric

Other:

Mixed vegetables, e.g. cubed carrot:, potato, cauliflower, turnip, peas, or any other you can think of.  A good idea is to get a balance of red, white/yellow and green colouring
1 x Medium onion
2 - 3 Chopped tomatoes
Lemon juice
Salt

Instructions:

Fry the onion In the Ghee until golden brown.
Add the mixed vegetables
Stir In the spices and fry for 2 - 3 minutes stirring continuously
Add 2-3 chopped tomatoes and a "squirt* of Lemon juice
Add up to 200 ml of water and bring to the boll
Cook until the potatoes etc. are tender
Serve immediately
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Post by: giannineo on August 26, 2006, 09:30:38 PM
Les,....Pataks.  they have a factory in Dundee and a care assistant where my wife works has a part time job there.For£2.50 we get a massive box of curries,breads and Indian trimmings from her-humma,humma.
         Les,a great recipe book is 50 great curries of India by Camellia Panjabi published by Kyle Cathie LTD.
   No curry tonight due to diet starting.So it was low fat Feta,aubergine and zucchini antipasto,beef tomatoes,scallions,cucumber,celery ,roasted red peppers and tossed in balsamic vinegar,extra virgin olive oil and basil.The Californian Zinfandel was just to break down the oil.Oh aye,and a big tuna steak grilled .
                      The curry is still calling.
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Post by: EllCee on August 26, 2006, 10:03:45 PM
Are you fat, by any chance?  Or in current parlance, obese?   :P
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Post by: giannineo on August 26, 2006, 10:41:15 PM
Moi of PORTLY DEMEANOUR OR CARRIAGE? 5'7" AND 12 STONE. ...IF YOU WOULD LIKE THE 50 GREAT CURRIES OF INDIA BOOK,PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND YOU ARE WELCOME TO MY COPY.....am unlikely to use it again
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Post by: EllCee on August 26, 2006, 11:08:55 PM
Ah well, you aren't that bad then.  The BMI will be raised a bit, but nothing that 40 days in the desert won't fix.   :P

I'm 5'10" at 12 stone.  I was less than 10 st for decades until I stopped smoking 3.5 years ago.  Now I look pregnant!   :'( :'(

I wouldn't want to deprive you of a valuable resource.  Is the book not available perhaps on ebay?  I'll have a look.  Thank you for the offer.

PS:  I've had to replace amost my entire wardrobe, especially trousers, and don't, despite all everyone says, feel any better for not smoking.   Except financially.  I could afford the clothes!   ;D
Title: Re: Curry?
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on August 27, 2006, 02:28:24 AM
LES

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Lesís Meat Curry

Do you wear a frilly apron when you cook  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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I'm 5'10"


Yea , wearing 2 inch heels.  ;) ;)

Have you ckecked your height lately, you've most likely shrunk with age , like the rest of us. :D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

I think you are just a wee fat† puddin'

Most fat people claim thay they are taller than they actually are, so that their BMI does not tell them that they are FAT

BUT, I thought it was mainly a woman's trait ;) ;) :-* :-*
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Post by: Mageeka on August 27, 2006, 03:23:48 AM
Hey Les
It really seems that you start from scratch
I CHEAT with Pataks tandoori   (AKA,Ghandi's Revenge  :)) + a mixture of herbs which I get from an Indian lady in D.C
The only thing that I insist upon is a good "Stock" usually boiled chicken.lamb or Turkey bones
I add my herbal bouquets , pureed veg. to this and let  the stock simmers for 3 hours
I serve with rice ,Nan bread, popadoms raw onion, unsweetened coconut and riati.
I have found that  a Shiraz wine is great with this
However next time I will use your recipe
Thank you
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Post by: EllCee on August 27, 2006, 01:56:45 PM
M, I also use Patak's paste, Rogan Josh, Korma and Bhuna.  I haven't made the other one since discovering those colourful jars in the local Asian Supermarket.   :D

I wouldn't drink any wine with a curry.  They just don't mix, IMVHO.  Cold lager or cold water, preferably the beer, and preferably a strong one.  There's a good "Indian" lager, brewed in England, called 'Cobra' which at 5% is ideal, but others are just as suitable.

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Post by: giannineo on August 27, 2006, 05:40:33 PM
Have you tried Tiger beer Les?-just the ticket with a curry.The Cobra is certainly grand with a curry.
         I have heard of sprout curry but wouldn't dare try it.
    I had a pal from Mauritius when I was a student.He made the most fabulous curries.He would appear with little paper bags of dried herbs and spices and all manner of ingredients.3 hours later the masterpiece was ready.His mother would make a curry on a Monday,and it was topped up as the week progressed...humma,humma.
                   
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Post by: EllCee on August 27, 2006, 09:05:12 PM
Have you tried Tiger beer Les?-just the ticket with a curry.The Cobra is certainly grand with a curry.
         I have heard of sprout curry but wouldn't dare try it.
    I had a pal from Mauritius when I was a student.He made the most fabulous curries.He would appear with little paper bags of dried herbs and spices and all manner of ingredients.3 hours later the masterpiece was ready.His mother would make a curry on a Monday,and it was topped up as the week progressed...humma,humma.                 
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Post by: Mageeka on August 27, 2006, 09:06:01 PM
Les
 Years ago  there used to be a curry paste which I always purchased, but I haven't seen it in years.
It was "Fearns Curry paste!"
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Post by: EllCee on August 27, 2006, 09:13:47 PM
Have you tried Tiger beer Les?-just the ticket with a curry.The Cobra is certainly grand with a curry.
         I have heard of sprout curry but wouldn't dare try it.
    I had a pal from Mauritius when I was a student.He made the most fabulous curries.He would appear with little paper bags of dried herbs and spices and all manner of ingredients.3 hours later the masterpiece was ready.His mother would make a curry on a Monday,and it was topped up as the week progressed...humma,humma.                 

Yes, I've tried Tiger, and Bangla.  Any strong light lagers are ideal, but if it is "oriental" all the better for adding to the atmosphere.

I had an Indian friend in Libya who brought round a plastic bag full of "stuff" and produced a glorious meal in exchange for some home made beers.

As a matter of expediency, I used to buy 2 kilos of mince beef and make a large pot of bolognase meat sauce for my flat-mate and I to have with spaghettti one night.  The next night, I'd add Chilli con carne "mix" to the pan, and that is what we would have on the second evening.   To finish off, on the third evening I'd add "curry" mix.  So, one cooking, 6 good, and different, meals.

Have you ever tried to make chips from frozen "Smash"?

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Post by: Mageeka on August 27, 2006, 09:44:53 PM
 Ah a great idea
The bolognase is going on to-night
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Post by: EllCee on August 27, 2006, 10:05:13 PM
Ah a great idea
The bolognase is going on to-night

Eh, we lived in the desert and only made "meals" that we could eat.  Don't follow my example and entertain friends with the same food 3 nights on the trot!  I had a VERY good and tolerant flatmate.   :o
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Post by: giannineo on August 27, 2006, 11:30:59 PM
Chips from frozen Smash?Hmmmm,potato ice lollies could be on the cards after a meal of soup sandwiches.
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Post by: EllCee on August 27, 2006, 11:40:25 PM
Les
 Years ago  there used to be a curry paste which I always purchased, but I haven't seen it in years.
It was "Fearns Curry paste!"

Never heard of such a curry paste, M.

I used to speak by radio to an elderly chap, now deceased, who lived on Anglesey.  He served in India in the army and met his wife there   she was also in the army.

She had to have a particular brand of curry powder and I was one of her few suppliers.  George would let me know, and I'd go to Agincourt Avenue and buy a bag and post it off.

Was it "Barts Mild Curry Powder?  Does that ring a bell/
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Post by: btheboot on September 01, 2006, 12:08:36 AM
a good feed of stew would do none  lof yous any harm
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Post by: giannineo on September 02, 2006, 08:40:09 PM
BTHEBOOT-indeed,in fact I have made curried Irish Stew-one such occasion was for the 1974 Ulster Grand Prix,and it was heated up ona Primus stove in a wet field alongside the road where the race took place-fed about ten of us and we headed home that evening with a strong tailwind.
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Post by: EllCee on September 03, 2006, 12:02:10 AM
Ah, the Primus fryups at Quarry Bends, after we got there before the roads closed at 0700hrs and it was free.  [
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Post by: Christopher on September 03, 2006, 11:39:37 AM
What field will you guys be in next year ???
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Post by: giannineo on September 03, 2006, 01:34:28 PM
The field with the curried fry fumes....now there's a thought ;curried Ulster Fry. .maybe not so daft;there is a chipper in Arbroath which serves up fish in a Massala batter.
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Post by: Christopher on September 15, 2006, 03:03:55 PM
Hiya pentio, should I include your great grandmother on the Belfast Firsts and Lasts... Time Frame thread ???
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Post by: Christopher on September 16, 2006, 04:27:53 PM
Hiya pentio,

Do you think the chefs on the Titanic had Matilda's recipe for making curry ???
Matilda was making curry for friends and neighbours. When was curry first served in a Belfast restaurant?

Chris

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Post by: Christopher on October 21, 2006, 04:34:48 PM
National Curry Week 22nd to 28th October

Curry houses across the UK will be venues for this year's National Curry Week  (http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_you_can_do/events/curryweek/index.htm) Ė
Seven days of fun and food to raise funds for Oxfamís work in South Asia.