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Strathfield Good Food Guide : Strathfield Good Food Guide 2012
2012/2013 | 29 indian 25TheCrescent,Homebush80653001tajmasala.com.au How long Have you been a cHef? I studied Hotel Management in 1986 and since that time I have been cooking as a chef. I have also worked in other areas of the hospitality industry. wHere did you learn to cook? After completion of my study in Hotel Management, I was asked by Welcome Group Hotels in India if I would join their restaurant in the well-regarded and quite famous Hotel Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi. I gained such a wealth of knowledge from this. wHat type of food do you serve? We draw on the heritage of our staff to specialise particularly in culinary influences from Northern and Southern India. Indian cookery has a depth of flavour in the spices that just doesn’t seem to exist to the same degree in other cuisines. You particularly find this in some of our more popular dishes like paneer makhani, chana bhatura and the taj spicy chicken. wHat is your signature disH? I would say the taj spicy chicken is our signature dish. This dish embodies those heightened degrees of taste, aroma and texture that Indian food is known for. It combines chicken, chilli and coconut milk and is a typical Southern Indian style dish. It’s quite special. ourstrathfield.com.au MetHod: Heat oil in frying pan. Saute garlic for a few minutes. Combine onion, green chillis and curry leaves to the garlic. Stir for 2 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add chicken and cook until tender. Add water and cook until smooth gravy is formed. Add crushed pepper paste and other spices for several minutes. Combine coconut cream and stir. Garnish with coriander and serve. taj masala special spicy chicken curry you’ll need: 1kg chicken pieces 10 garlic cloves 1/2 chopped brown onion 4 green and 6 red chillis 25 curry leaves 1 tsp red chilli paste 1 1/2 tbsp pepper powder 2 tbsp vegetable oil 4 chopped tomatoes 1 tsp each tumeric and chilli powder 6 red chillis 2 tsp coconut cream coriander for garnish salt to taste wHere do you source your ingredients froM? We use Indian spices imported from India through local suppliers. Our meat is largely from Halal Meat in Villawood and Mastercut in Marrickville. Our vegetables are sourced from Flemington Markets as well as our local Foodworks and IGA, and we buy our fish from Great Ocean Foods in Marrickville. 28 | strathfield Good food Guide milan metha chef@ taj indian Masala indian cookery has such a depth of flavour in the spices
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