Sunday, August 7, 2016

Precision Chef Knife Series (Edge of Belgravia) & Salted Fish Curry

As far as I can remember, I have been cooking for the longest time. Cooking during the initial years was mainly due to the endless indirect hints from my Indian man who prefer home cooked meals instead of eating out. He of course didn't openly pester me but when I had to constantly listen to how spectacularly his mum and sisters cook, I had enough. I thought I made the biggest mistake in my life by marrying this man, not realising it is the same story across the board, if not all, in a typical Indian household. So, to keep his mouth shut and to prove a point I can cook too, I started rolling the pots and pans. Never mind I messed up massively with the dishes which was still acceptable with my man, eventually I learned to cook and here I am today as chef of my house.

Ultimately, whatever said, cooking must begin with planning the menu in advance to ensure all ingredients are ready on the go to whip up a meal on time for your family. The other crucial thing I vouch is investing in a good set of knives for your good hands. Trust me, I know. For years I struggled with ordinary knives which I could use, but quite frustrating due to time taken to cut and chop the ingredients. Lately however, cooking has been a joy and pleasure ever since I received the Precision Chef Knife Series - Edge of Belgravia. My sincere thanks to Edge of Belgravia, these professional knives certainly made me realise how faster and easier cooking can be to precisely cut, chop, peel and slice the ingredients. especially for making the ever loved traditional Indian salted fish curry. Absolutely, there's so much more we can do with these knives, at this point, instead of further convincing you, before anything else, take your time and read from hereon.   

I tested, I tried and I love these knives. To begin with, I used them mostly for cutting vegetables, for chopping tomatoes and to slice the dried salted fish with bones. As for the bread knife, I am yet to bake a bread, well, honestly, I have not bake it before, or a better option will be to get a loaf from the bakery and try out the serrated bread knife for ensuring bread remains airy when sliced through. 

I am certain you are truly convinced with Precision Chef Knife Series. I am, honestly, I am and now, lets get to the recipe, a twist to the previous Mochakottai Karuvadu Kulumbu (Field Beans Salted Fish Curry or tweet it further as Pineapple Salted Fish Curry or Pumpkin Salted Fish Curry. 

1 packet (about 400g) threadfin/kurau salted fish with bones (soak for 15 minutes and slice)
1 cup field beans (mochakottai) - soak possibly overnight, or at least 4 hours, then simmer to soften with some water and 1 tsp turmeric powder. Drain off the water and keep aside.
7 lightly crushed shallots
7 lightly crushed garlic
1 tomato - chopped
2 potatoes - sliced
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1 tsp halba/fenugreek seeds
1 tsp black mustard seeds
Some curry leaves
1/4 cup oil
Salt to taste

For the curry paste
2 tbsp fish curry powder (or as needed)
1 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp fennel powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
**Mix these ingredients with some water for a thick paste.
Heat oil.
Saute shallots, garlic and fenugreek seeds.
Add curry paste, stir and cook over low heat till aromatic and oil splits.
Add tomato and potatoes.
Stir for 2 to 3 minutes.
Pour enough water for gravy, stir and simmer to soften potatoes.

Now, add salted fish and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
Add beans, curry leaves and salt, also pour in coconut milk.
Stir and simmer to heat through and remove curry from heat.
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  1. the curry looks amazing:)nice review nava

  2. The knivesc look super good quality
    Keep in touch

  3. Wonderful post.. I totally believe that you need to have the right kind of knives to work with. I have my own set of knives which i love and take care of them so much. Even when i am cooking at my friend's house, I take my set of knives along;)

  4. These knives do look stylish & sharp! Definitely a great tool for any kitchen. xoxo

  5. Nice! It would be convenient to own this collection.

  6. A good set of knives help to make it easy when prepping for a recipe, This looks delish.

  7. Talk about Indian women and them being mocked for not cooking amazing food like the mother in law, Thank god m not married yet.. haha ... it happens everywhere and is annoying too... u really need to do some home work to try out new dishes and as u rightly mentioned prepping is a must.. love these knives they look and perform amazing..

  8. Delicious fish curry...! These knives are stylish and sexy....! love to have them in my kitchen too....!

  9. These knives look so sharp and stylish. The curry looks delicious!

  10. LOL your start on cooking made me think about my better half who is alomost similar. He like eating homemade dishes and hates outside food. that made me a chef at home. love the Knife set. Thinking of expending my collection. Nice dish for rice

  11. Smart looking knives! Sharp knives make everything so much easier! And I'm a big fan of salted fish. Curry looks delicious!


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