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bgmnts

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Cooking questions
« on: November 20, 2020, 06:04:56 PM »
So i've just made a tofu korma and I've got the coconut milk, onions, garlic, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardomom pods and cloves in it - with a bit of salt and pepper - and yet it tastes a bit bland.

Why is this?

Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2020, 06:05:42 PM »
Because it’s a korma?

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2020, 06:09:04 PM »
still tryna figure out why my chicken fried egg rice tastes so shite we're on the same page

Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2020, 06:11:23 PM »
Add about a tablespoon of brown sugar (or normal sugar)

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2020, 06:11:43 PM »
Because it’s a korma?

I'm hoping this is correct.

Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2020, 06:14:13 PM »
Add some curry powder, also could well be the fact it's a Korma.

Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2020, 06:15:42 PM »
Put some crack in it.

Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2020, 06:16:14 PM »
Did you go big or go home?  I. e are you following a recipe? Because they are all pansies who write the quantities, and recommend half a teaspoon and such nonsense, triple all amounts minimum.

Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2020, 06:17:34 PM »
Put a stock cube in it

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2020, 06:18:55 PM »
I think if you want to cook well, you need to taste your food as you cook it.  Don't follow a recipe rigidly.  Keep tasting and adding things, a very little at a time.  You will make some terrible shit but you will learn how to make some great shit.  It's like painting.

No one makes great art by following someone else's blueprint.  You have to play with the medium, learn its ways, then you're cooking on gas.

Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2020, 06:21:23 PM »
Don't follow a recipe rigidly.

Yeah, recipe instructions need to be taken with a pinch of salt

*tumbleweed*

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2020, 06:22:24 PM »
I think if you want to cook well, you need to taste your food as you cook it.  Don't follow a recipe rigidly.  Keep tasting and adding things, a very little at a time.  You will make some terrible shit but you will learn how to make some great shit.  It's like painting.

No one makes great art by following someone else's blueprint.  You have to play with the medium, learn its ways, then you're cooking on gas.
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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2020, 06:26:14 PM »
So i've just made a tofu korma and I've got the coconut milk, onions, garlic, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardomom pods and cloves in it - with a bit of salt and pepper - and yet it tastes a bit bland.

Why is this?

Needs some ground almonds in too. And despite being a korma I'd stick a bit of chilli in there.

How old are your spices?

Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2020, 06:33:57 PM »
It's because you forgot to add the meat.

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2020, 06:35:24 PM »
I didnt follow a recipe and I think the spices have been around for a while. May need to get some stuff in when I can. Cheers guys! Will def try almonds.

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2020, 06:38:24 PM »
Bit of kashmiri chilli powder (or 3 parts paprika to one part cayenne) and maybe some garam masala.

Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2020, 07:19:29 PM »
Fenugreek is your friend

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2020, 07:20:56 PM »
Also if you're bothered about your spices getting a bit less powerful I suggest buying whole where you can. You can get electric coffee grinders for less than a tenner these days and they're perfect for turning them to powder.

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2020, 07:37:13 PM »
So i've just made a tofu korma and I've got the coconut milk, onions, garlic, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardomom pods and cloves in it - with a bit of salt and pepper - and yet it tastes a bit bland.

Why is this?

Covid?

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2020, 07:50:11 PM »
State of this.

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2020, 08:43:33 PM »

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2020, 08:52:24 PM »
So i've just made a tofu korma and I've got the coconut milk, onions, garlic, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardomom pods and cloves in it - with a bit of salt and pepper - and yet it tastes a bit bland.

Why is this?

You didn't slice the onions fine enough. You didn't cook them until they were deep brown. You didn't use enough garlic, cumin, ginger, cardamom or cloves (though you should still be careful with the last of these). You probably did use the right amount of turmeric, but I wonder if you allowed it and the other spices to bloom in the oil enough. Typically it's better to smash up the cardamom with a pestle and mortar and remove the husk. Mainly you didn't put enough fucking salt in it. And where is the fucking chilli? Hope this helps.
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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2020, 08:56:09 PM »
Fenugreek is your friend

Ignore this pls.

Though you might have considered black mustard seeds (not too much or gets bitter) and curry leaves, perhaps as a tadka to add at the end.

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2020, 08:59:39 PM »
Really depends on whether they meant seeds or the leaves, kasoori methi probably isn't traditional in korma but it works well in other creamy dishes dunnit?

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2020, 09:01:46 PM »
I hate the flavour of fenugreek, I'm afraid. It adds a dank swampy tone, like dill.

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2020, 09:04:22 PM »
The leaves taste completely different though, fair enough if you don't like them, like.

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #26 on: November 20, 2020, 09:05:02 PM »
So i've just made a tofu korma and I've got the coconut milk, onions, garlic, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardomom pods and cloves in it - with a bit of salt and pepper - and yet it tastes a bit bland.

Why is this?

State of this.

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What he said:

You didn't slice the onions fine enough. You didn't cook them until they were deep brown. You didn't use enough garlic, cumin, ginger, cardamom or cloves (though you should still be careful with the last of these). You probably did use the right amount of turmeric, but I wonder if you allowed it and the other spices to bloom in the oil enough. Typically it's better to smash up the cardamom with a pestle and mortar and remove the husk. Mainly you didn't put enough fucking salt in it. And where is the fucking chilli? Hope this helps.

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I hate the flavour of fenugreek, I'm afraid. It adds a dank swampy tone, like dill.

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #27 on: November 20, 2020, 09:10:56 PM »
Dill is the pits. Wretched stuff.

However, from my experience fenugreek is fine if it's there yet not a main event. The leaves gives added complexity and depth (like with swamps) to flavour and texture.

The reason I am here though is to ask whether there is a superior shop-bought Garam Masala to buy*? The stuff out of the packets generally seem seems dull, macey and bitter. I thought it was supposed to provide fine aromatics and nuttiness. And no-one can seem to decide whether to leave it to the end or put it in after the onions have been sauteed. Is it better with milder red-meat Northern dishes?

*Yes, I know there is an option to make it at home.

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2020, 09:11:56 PM »
needs chipotle

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Re: Cooking questions
« Reply #29 on: November 20, 2020, 09:12:28 PM »
Dill is the pits. Wretched stuff.

However, from my experience fenugreek is fine if it's there yet not a main event. The leaves gives added complexity and depth (like with swamps) to flavour and texture.

The reason I am here though is to ask whether there is a superior shop-bought Garam Masala to buy*? The stuff out of the packets generally seem seems dull, macey and bitter. I thought it was supposed to provide fine aromatics and nuttiness. And no-one can seem to decide whether to leave it to the end or put it in after the onions have been sauteed.

*Yes, I know there is an option to make it at home.

Make it at home. Add with other powders earlier on and then a hit just before serving.

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