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Chicken Curry

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Challenge: Recipe (Food) III (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2008 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Date: Jul 15, 2008
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Jul 15, 2008


To prepare this curry, you make a sauce from vegetables and spices first, then add the meat and stew it. The sauce is then thickened with yoghurt, and the sweetness of the curry is balanced with a little sour lime juice.
4-6 medium tomatoes
1 medium onion
4 tbsp vegetable oil
3cm/1in piece root ginger
2 garlic cloves
1-2 mild green chillies
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp ground turmeric
salt and freshly ground black pepper
100ml/3½fl oz water
1 free-range chicken, jointed into 8 pieces, or 8 thighs and/or drumsticks
2 tbsp yoghurt
1 lime (or lemon)
a small bunch of coriander leaves
cooked rice, to serve

1. To skin the tomatoes, nick the skin of each tomato with the point of a sharp knife, then put the tomatoes in a bowl next to the sink and pour over some very hot water from the kettle to cover. Count to 20, then carefully pour away the water. When the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, peel away the skin, halve the tomatoes, squeeze out most of the pips and juice into an empty bowl, and discard. Chop the flesh roughly and put it down on a plate to one side.
2. Peel and finely chop the onion. Fry the onion in the vegetable oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over low to medium heat for about ten minutes, stirring from time to time so that it turns an even golden brown. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn't burn.
3. Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the ginger and the garlic.
4. Slit the chilli using a sharp knife. Slice the flesh away from the cluster of seeds in the middle. Avoid touching any part of the chilli with your fingers if you can, as it is very easy to get chilli in your eyes, and that will sting. You can use a fork to hold the chilli down or wear rubber gloves. Chop the chilli finely.
5. Measure the ground spices into a teacup. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli to the pan, stir them around and fry for another minute or so. If you want your curry to be hot as well as spicy, include some or all of the chilli seeds. Then add the spices in the cup into the onions. Fry the spices for a minute or two, stirring all the time so that they do not stick. Add some salt and freshly ground black pepper.
6. Pour in the water and the tomatoes, bring to the boil, turn down the heat a little and let the sauce simmer for 5-10 minutes.
7. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and stir them around so they are covered with the sauce. Put the lid on the pan, turn the heat down and let the chicken cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Chicken thighs will take longer to cook than breast pieces.
8. Now add the yoghurt to the chicken and stir it in. When the sauce is gently bubbling again, scoop up a little in a teaspoon, blow it cool and taste it. The sauce will probably taste quite sweet because of the tomatoes. Cut the lime in half and squeeze its juice into the sauce. Stir and taste again, and decide whether you want to add the second half.
9. Finally, chop the fresh coriander leaves and sprinkle them on to the curry just before you serve it with the rice.

Place: 59 out of 134
Avg (all users): 5.5622
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.5435
Avg (non-participants): 5.5683
Views since voting: 578
Views during voting: 296
Votes: 185
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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07/23/2008 03:23:47 AM
Sarah, I really loved the composition and colors in this photo. Can't understand why it didn't score higher - certainly would have deserved it. Maybe if you had added a strawberry...
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07/23/2008 03:12:03 AM
I still think this was slightly underrated!! Guess that's how it goes sometimes eh
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07/23/2008 01:14:15 AM
I didn't really understand the voting in this challenge but I did give this one a 7. I guess I liked your diagonal composition and the lighting was subtle and perfect. I like this better than your outtake.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/22/2008 09:13:59 PM
There's a lot I like about the shot but I think the composition is a bit too rigid. It might be the lines in the tablecloth coming straight at me but it might be the arrangement overall. Shooting square plates is tricky and I've good and bad experiences doing it myself but this shot and one other in the Challenge made me look this guy up...


I think he's one of the best and it's cool how he handles the square plate/bowl here. Very relaxed, super shallow dof (the front and back of the food part are oof, lol) but you can fully sense what the dish is about.

eta:this ones even better...
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07/20/2008 08:30:35 PM
somehow the placement of the containers doesn't make a dynamic image, it comes across as a little bland with all the white
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07/20/2008 08:29:05 PM
Nice keeping focus on the subject dish, and the sides beeing slightly out but still recognizable. I like it, very profeassional.
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07/19/2008 10:44:49 AM
hmmm....yummmy... bumping u up
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07/16/2008 10:39:22 AM
would look better plated, on the rice, shot more from tabletop level, imho
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07/16/2008 10:15:49 AM
Oooh that looks great. I really like your choice of crockery as that allows the focus to be on the food whilst also providing a compositional tool and some nice shapes. I also like the use of both square and round dishes and your off-centred composition. All good really!
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07/16/2008 09:40:16 AM
This is a nice shot. I wasn't sure about the tablecloth at first, but I think it works fine. I like the diamond angles you went with.
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