Indian Restaurants in Helsinki / Espoo area

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Post by sinikala » Thu Aug 17, 2006 4:24 pm

Hank W. wrote:Theres 'Sharwoods' sauces in Prisma, and 'Rajah' brand stuff (garlic, ginger, pastes etc) and I think I've seen Patak's in the ethnic stores atleast.
Sharwoods is passable, Patak's used to be the market leader in the UK.... I heard it was the first UK firm to export Indian food to India... it's vile.
Rajah on the other hand is the base for most curries we make - their mild curry paste is mighty, mighty stuff, way better than starting from dried spices IMHO.

Recipies you want, butter chicken ain't much use to me... so here's Vegetable korma...

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Fry off 1 large onion + 0.5 cloves garlic in 2 tbspoons ghee (olive oil works just as well).

Add 1 paprika, halved & sliced, half a kesakurpitsa chopped into chunks, plus 2 grated carrots

Now add 1/3 (mild) to 1/2 (less mild) of a jar of Rajah mild curry paste & continue to fry off.

Embarass 4 fresh tomatoes, roughly and add 1 small handful of cashew nuts (almonds are more traditional, but I prefer cashews).

Cook until the kesakurpitsa starts to soften, add a few drops of water if it looks like it's going too dry.

100-200g of button mushrooms / herkkusieni (this is not traditional at all) quartered if they are small, chunks if they are jumbo.

Add 1 veggie Oxo cube or similar (Maggi greasy cube) 

Add 1 small handful of sultanas (that's yellow rasins to you)

Soft bubble for 20 minutes

Add Demerera Sugar or golden syrup to taste... finally add 1 packet of coconut cream & bring back to the soft bubble, but don't boil or the coconut cream will split. 

Serve with boiled basmati rice, sprinkle fresh chopped coriander / cillantro on top.

Rajah mango chutney goes well, and a garlic and coriander naan - now available everywhere, never hurt anyone. 

p.s. Even better if you have time make a bit of raita - roughly grate half a cucumber, squeeze out the water with your hand, add a dollop of mint sauce or Baxter's mint jelly, stirr in then add a quarter of a litre of natural yoghut and fresh ground black pepper on top.


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Post by Rosamunda » Thu Aug 17, 2006 4:35 pm

How do you "embarass" a tomato ?

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Post by sinikala » Thu Aug 17, 2006 4:40 pm

penelope wrote:How do you "embarass" a tomato ?
:lol: you need to watch Posh Nosh
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Post by Hank W. » Thu Aug 17, 2006 4:43 pm

sinikala wrote: Rajah on the other hand is the base for most curries we make - their mild curry paste is mighty, mighty stuff,
Oh yeah :lol: we agree on something, I use that as a base for all kinds of sauces. The hot stuff is a wee bit too hot, I rather use (self-made) chili oil as I sort of 'know' how much/little makes you feel burning sensations...

Penelope - tell it a dirty joke?
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Post by enk » Thu Aug 17, 2006 4:51 pm

sinikala wrote: Rajah on the other hand is the base for most curries we make - their mild curry paste is mighty, mighty stuff,
I've been known to use the more potent stuff in chili when I make it.
One desperate year, we even used wasabi :D

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Post by Hank W. » Thu Aug 17, 2006 4:54 pm

Best potential to cause a cindered sphincter I've encountered so far is harissa...
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Post by helios » Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:29 pm

:roll:
That leaf is called arasa ellai... from the huge arasa maram..


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Post by raumagal » Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:07 pm

Tadpole'sMommy wrote:And Helsinki wants you to come back! We miss you.

Awww thanks! I miss all my friends in Helsinki too! Too bad we were only there for a quick day trip otherwise it would have been fun to see everyone. I guess I'll have to get to Helsinki more often than every couple of years from now on!! :-)

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Post by sammy » Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:53 am

sinikala wrote:Sharwoods is passable, Patak's used to be the market leader in the UK.... I heard it was the first UK firm to export Indian food to India... it's vile.
Rajah on the other hand is the base for most curries we make - their mild curry paste is mighty, mighty stuff, way better than starting from dried spices IMHO.
Can't really compare Patak's and Rajah - I tried the former ages ago, and have since been recruited into the apparently mighty ranks of Rajah :lol: (however that was mainly because Rajah became more widely available)

The Rajah mild curry paste indeed is a frequent lodger in my Hotel Fridge.

I've sometimes added a spoonful of it to the Lamb Rogan Jhost, which I otherwise prepare "from scratch".

Oh, damn. Is it normal to drool & dream of dhal, chutneys and lamb curry this early in the morning? :wink:

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Post by karen » Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:00 am

sammy wrote:
Oh, damn. Is it normal to drool & dream of dhal, chutneys and lamb curry this early in the morning? :wink:
Certainly! I'm already planning lunch.

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Post by enk » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:08 am

sammy wrote:Oh, damn. Is it normal to drool & dream of dhal,
chutneys and lamb curry this early in the morning? :wink:
Yes. And it's perfectly normal to eat the leftovers for breakfast :D
Breaks the monotony of metwurst-breath on the busses and trains. 0=)

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Post by sinikala » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:20 am

enk wrote:
sammy wrote:Oh, damn. Is it normal to drool & dream of dhal,
chutneys and lamb curry this early in the morning? :wink:
Yes. And it's perfectly normal to eat the leftovers for breakfast :D
Breaks the monotony of metwurst-breath on the busses and trains. 0=)

-enk
Curry for breakfast?

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Post by sinikala » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:22 am

enk wrote:
sammy wrote:Oh, damn. Is it normal to drool & dream of dhal,
chutneys and lamb curry this early in the morning? :wink:
Yes. And it's perfectly normal to eat the leftovers for breakfast :D
Breaks the monotony of metwurst-breath on the busses and trains. 0=)

-enk
Curry for breakfast?

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Post by enk » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:28 am

sinikala wrote:Possibly Enk pictured earlier today :wink:
All good, but I like pot noodles, especially the ones with the
nasty little freezedried shrimp, which I've yet to find in Finland :D

-enk

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Post by sammy » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:45 am

enk wrote:All good, but I like pot noodles, especially the ones with the nasty little freezedried shrimp, which I've yet to find in Finland :D

-enk
Pot noodle - not poodle.

Someone's in a spoonerism mode today... :wink:


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