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By toxicfur (Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 04:41:21 AM EST) recipes, RFC (all tags)
garlic submitted this recipe for Murgh Makhani in my unofficial Recipe Fun Challenge diary. It was advertised as "An Indian (ish) dish that doesn't take 2 hours."

Review within.



As advertised, this dish did not take long to prepare - it took me about 30 minutes to assemble the ingrediants, and another 40 minutes to cook. It would've taken even less time if I hadn't kept stopping what I was doing to drink more beer and stand under the ceiling fan in my living room. Summer has finally reached New England.

The chicken smelled good from the time I put it, with the sauce, in the pan. It continued to smell heavenly, until I really was ready to start biting the table. The smell was nothing, though, compared to the taste.

This has to be one of the best Indian-ish recipes I've tried. The chicken was moist and tender, and the combination of spices was subtle enough not to be overpowering, but still incredibly flavorful. No one flavor stood out, but blended together perfectly. Even better, ana liked it just as much as I did, so this will certainly be a regular meal for us. I served it with basmati rice, a baby spinach salad, and beer.

I rate this recipe a pomegranate: something a little exotic and slightly time-consuming, and that I'll eat again and again and again.

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Review: garlic's Murgh Makhani (buttered chicken) | 23 comments (23 topical, 0 hidden) | Trackback
Coriander, noooooooo by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 05:08:47 AM EST
Why not just squirt some soap in there while you're at it?

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wha? by garlic (4.00 / 2) #2 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 05:21:03 AM EST
how can you have indian food without coriander?


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Coriander is the Brussels sprout of Indian grub by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 05:32:50 AM EST
By which I mean that eating around it adds to the authentic experience.

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Oh dear. by Merekat (4.00 / 2) #6 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 05:40:53 AM EST
I suggest you remove the lard that traditional scottish cooking has obviously coated your malfunctioning taste buds with and try again.

Fresh coriander is happiness flavour.

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He may be thinking of ground coriander. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 06:12:44 AM EST
Not that pleasant.

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Potty mouth by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 06:27:53 AM EST
I can't think what else accounts for your bizarre craving for the taste of soap.

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Foiled! by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #19 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 02:28:49 PM EST
You were pretending to be Irish all this time, and you were pretty convincing at it, but your last sentence marks you out as Japanese, with a degree in advanced Engrish.

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What do you have against Brussels sprouts??!? by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 06:01:42 AM EST
Very fresh Brussels sprouts, steamed and with butter, are one of my very favorite vegetables.
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IAWTP by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 06:44:37 AM EST


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It's genetic by iGrrrl (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 07:01:40 AM EST
You can probably taste PTC, too.  PTC tasters tend to hate brussel sprouts.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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B.S. ... by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 08:44:50 AM EST

... I had brussel sprouts once as a child. My mom, who was a good cook, made them, and I hated them. Hated hated hated.

I admit and accept that it's possible that she, normally a good cook, prepared them improperly.

When I was an exchangee in the early 90s my host-mother cooked them, but I did not take any, which was acceptable, since my host-father also disliked them, and said host-mother was all the happier, since she loved them ...

Since then I have become an occasional (and occasionally frequent) consumer of foods I hated as a child—mushrooms, sour cream, avocado, sweet potatoes—but I have not gotten around to brussel sprouts.

Recently I was reading up on how good for you they are and I thought to myself, hey, you should give them a try again ... you've reevaluated your like/dislike of other foods ... be open-minded ... and thus, I have that planned, thinking that I'll cook them right, they'll be good, and I'll kick myself for having missed out all these years ...

... then you go and post a comment that undermines my optimism by giving my hatred a potential genetic predisposition. Say it ain't so.

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I, too, disliked Brussels sprouts as a kid. by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 08:53:01 AM EST
But my mom bought them frozen and then boiled them to death. Overcooked, they can be quite bitter, but when they're fresh, and steamed just until they're tender enough to be skewered by a fork, they're incredibly good.

BTW, my ex-gf used the "I'm a PTC taster" excuse anytime I wanted to cook something new. She claimed to dislike anything green, though she eventually she gave in and found out she liked asparagus. I became a vegetarian after our break-up in part to rebel against the heavily meat-oriented meals I'd been eating for 5 years.
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my food reevaluation ... by BlueOregon (4.00 / 1) #14 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 09:00:23 AM EST

... began years ago, but continued a few years back as a sort of anti-hypocrisy on my part.

My now-ex but then-current loved meat. She adored fruit. Veggies were a no-no, as was rice.

Rice!

This was a difficulty for me, for while I enjoy meat, I cannot live without cooking with veggies ... and rice. I could not get her to try rice ... she claimed the mere thought of it provoked a gag reflex. I argued—though only once and did not push the issue—that preparation had been the problem. I always claimed to be a non-picky eater, but I still had dislikes that went back more than 20 years.

Anyway, back to the topic in a way—I have always loved just about every other green veggie, be it leafy or otherwise. We grew wild asparagus in our pasture. I grew up on squash, and so on ... so perhaps there is still hope for me with regards to B.S.

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Depends by iGrrrl (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 11:37:19 AM EST
Do you like cilantro?  If you do, you should be fine with properly prepared sprouts.  They're one of my husband's favorite foods.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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excellent ... by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 11:45:05 AM EST

... brussel sprouts, turnips and rutabaga ... here I come (never had the last two) ... cruciferous veggies and I are better friends now.

(yes, I like cilantro)

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'nips by iGrrrl (4.00 / 1) #20 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 04:04:50 PM EST
Turnips are good in Chicken Tagine, and smashed with potatoes for 'nips and 'taties.

I've had rutabaga cubed in another recipe, and it was fine.  However, I can't think about the vegetable without thinking about learning and memory genes discovered in fruit flies.  Fly geneticists have an odd sense of humor when they name mutants, and this particular scientist named a series of learning mutations after his least favorite vegetables.  rutabaga has a mutation in the calcium modulating system.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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Arg! by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 01:01:19 PM EST
All members of the brassica family are evil! Evil, I tell you!

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I think he meant by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #18 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 02:27:20 PM EST
"Brussels Sprouts", not "bullshit".

I also have great difficulties getting brussels sprouts down, although I recognise the flavour as being a more concentrated form of the cabbage flavour that I do actively like. Confusing.

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garlic says it better than I could. by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 05:26:57 AM EST
So, yeah. Bring on the coriander!
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+1FP, curry by nebbish (4.00 / 2) #3 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 05:23:51 AM EST

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It's political correctness gone mad!

What was in the spinach salad? by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #21 Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 11:37:25 PM EST
NT


The spinach salad. by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #22 Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 03:37:33 AM EST
It was just grape tomatoes and spinach, with Annie's Goddess dressing (a tahini-based salad dressing, and one of the only commercial dressings I like). It didn't exactly fit the Indian theme, but it was too hot for another hot dish.
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TYVM by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 04:33:51 AM EST
So, it was basically tomoatos and spinach then, not "spinach salad".


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