Next month, I supposed to go to India for a 5 days training but too bad, I had to cancel it because of a silly dilemma. Of course, I'm a bit upset because India is a country on "my countries list" that I want to visit in my life. So, when I received an Indian cooking class invitation from Pullman Jakarta Central Park Hotel last week, it really cheered me up. Although I can not go to India yet but at least, I can learn how to cook Indian food.
The cooking class.
The purpose of Pullman Jakarta Central Park to make this event is to introduce Mr. Sunardi Song, the new Director of Food and Beverages and also to promote the Indian Food at Collage in March and April 2013.
Chef de Partie, Ranjit Debnath from Kalkota, has been working at Pullman Jakarta Central Park for five months. He taught step by step how to make “Tantalizing Chicken Curry with Prata Bread” to the cooking class participants.
It was a hands on cooking class. I was in a team with Prawnche. We cooked together the Chicken Curry but for the Prata Bread, we made it by ourselves. I had so much fun during this cooking class :)
Here's how to make the Chicken Curry:
The Chicken Curry spices.
- 800 gram chicken, boneless, cut into 8 pieces
- 100 ml vegetable oil
- 2 bay leaves (tej patta)
- 6 pcs. green cardamom (choti elaichi)
- 6 pcs. cloves (laung)
- 1tbs. onion paste
- 1 tsp. ginger (adrak) paste
- 2 tsp. garlic (lasan) paste
- 1 tsp. coriander (dhaniya) powder
- 75 gr cashew nut (kaju) paste
- 200 gram yoghurt (dahi)
- 1/2 tsp. white pepper (safed mirch) powder
- 1 tbs. red tomato paste
- 2 tsp. oregano leaves
- 150 ml cream
- 2 tbs. ghee
- salt to taste
- some water
- Heat the oil and ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan, add cardamom, cloves and bay leaves, then ginger paste and garlic paste. Saute until the cardamoms change color.
- add the chicken, sprinkle salt and pepper.
- add coriander powder, tomato paste, oregano, yogurt, cashew nut paste, cream and water.
- cook and bring it to boil, reduce heat and simmer until the chicken becomes tender.
- serve hot and accompanied with Indian bread (i.e: Prata bread)
- 250 gram whole-wheat flour.
- 4 gram salt
- 15 ml vegetable oil
- 125 water
- butter for greasing the pan
- sift the flour and salt together. Mix in the oil and water, knead to make a soft dough. Cover with a moist cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes.
- divide the dough equally into 5 balls and dust with flour.
- heat the pan and grease it with butter
- flatten the balls and roll each out to an 8" disc. Place the discs on a greased tray.
- put it into the greased pan.
- fry until it becomes golden.
- serve hot.
My cooking result :)
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