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    Move over masala:

    Move over masala: Jalfrezi is crowned top of the poppadoms as Britain's new favorite curry

    IT has often been voted the nationís favourite dish. But it seems our taste for chicken tikka masala may be cooling.
    Research shows the orange-tinged curry has been usurped by a lesser-known pretender, the jalfrezi.
    A far hotter dish, cooked using green chillis, it is now the most popular dish in Britainís 10,000 Indian restaurants, the survey found.
    Currying favour: The jalfrezi has been confirmed as Britain's new favourite curry

    It is thought Britons are becoming more adventurous in their tastes, with restaurant diners developing a much higher tolerance to hot foods.
    Coming in at second place was the madras, another spicy dish containing generous helpings of chilli.

    Chicken tikka masala made it into only eighth place in the poll by Chaat!, the in-house magazine of the British Curry Club.
    Among the 1,000 people polled, jalfrezi took 21 per cent of the vote and madras 18 per cent.
    Moving down: The traditionally favoured masala could only manage eighth in the poll of more than 1,000 curry-lovers
    Just over 10 per cent voted for rogan josh, a medium-spiced dish, while korma, a creamy, milder dish, was chosen by 2 per cent.
    The poll found six million Britons a day visit curry houses.
    Enam Ali, owner of Le Raj restaurant in Epsom, Surrey, and founder of the British Curry Awards, said Britons are getting more used to spicy dishes.

    He said: ĎOnce you have a flavour of spice on your palate, itís very difficult to go back to having something plain.
    'The British palate is changing. Peopleís tolerance for spiciness has gone up, and they are beginning to appreciate it more.

    ĎLondon is now the best place for a curry, even better than India. All the top chefs are here now.í
    Dave Jenkins, editor-in-chief of Chaat!, said: ĎItís great to see that people are becoming more adventurous rather than going for the safer dishes such as korma.

    ĎPeople are after more exciting dishes and flavours these days. Curry is now so ingrained into our culture, itís no longer a novelty dish.
    'People are becoming more savvy with whatís on offer, and we have so many choices right now. Chicken tikka masala was never going to stay at the top for ever.í

    Chicken tikka masala is said to have been invented in a Glasgow curry house when a customer said his chicken was too dry.
    Scrabbling about in the kitchen, the chef hit upon the idea of preparing a sauce by putting spices into a tin of Campbellís condensed tomato soup.

    Serves 4
    • 1 Medium Onion
    • 2 Cloves Garlic
    • 1-2 Chillis (seeds optional)
    • 1 Red or Green Bell Pepper
    • 2 tsp Ground Coriander
    • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
    • 2 tsp Turmeric
    • 2 Chicken Breasts
    • 1 Tin Chopped Plum Tomatoes
    • ľ Pint Chicken Stock
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • To Taste Freshly Ground Black Pepper
    • 1 Handful Fresh Coriander
    Chop the onion, garlic, chillis and peppers, and saute in a glug of olive oil until the onions turn translucent.

    Add the ground coriander, cumin and turmeric and stir to coat the vegetables.

    Cube the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan to brown. The chicken should take on the colour of the turmeric.

    Add the tin of tomatoes and chicken stock and cook for 20 minutes, until the chicken
    is cooked and the sauce has reduced and thickened.

    Add the salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

    Stir in the fresh coriander to wilt before serving.

    Garnish with a couple of coriander leaves, and serve with boiled basmati rice and naan bread.

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    1-2 Chillis (seeds optional
    why bother? can't make a spicy dish with deseeded Chilli.

    I was commenting on how much tastier my wife's pad krapow was than the one I make, she asked how many chilli's I use ? when I replied about 5, she said well, no wonder yours is tasteless, I use about 10 to 15 complete with seeds of course.
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    29-01-2013 @ 05:54 PM
    I have been eating chicken or lamb jalfrezi for years. Its a good starter dish if you do not like your Indian dish to spicy or just a little bit of a kick to it.

    Lamb rogan josh is my favourite although I do ask for some chilli,s on the side to make it more to the flavour I like.
    My girlfriends a chicken balti fiend although she likes this very spicy.
    I like a good Chicken Vindaloo now and again but that depends on the restaurant where I am eating it.
    I like Indian food as long as the restaurant I am eating it in is clean. I have eaten in Bombay/Mumbai in India and the choices are great,sometimes its the hygiens of the [places that are the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Jenkins
    London is now the best place for a curry, even better than India
    It's not hard. Most food in India and Pakistan isn't fit for dogs.

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