Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Burmese Egg Curry (Jet-u Jhet)

I first tasted Burmese Lamb curry at Madhu Mavshi's place way back in the year 2000 or so. I simply haven't gotten closure from the taste and the explosion of the flavors ever since. It was in pursuit of that taste, that I scoured the local markets for fish sauce, which I finally found in Reliance Mart at Pokharan Road No.2 in Thane.

Here in Thane I have searched enough ingredients in enough places to tell you where you may find certain things.
D-Mart - Near Eden Woods, Hiranandani Meadows, this is your big kirana store. You will find everything of everyday use here. No use trying to search for exotic ingredients though, you won't find them here. You won't find non-vegetarian food items here.

Big Bazaar - (Kapurbawdi) Again a big kirana store. You may find some frozen food items, Hershey's syrups, and Maple syrup here.

Star  Bazaar -  In Korum Mall, this is where I first found BBQ sauce. It is also the place to go to if you want basic meat cuts, salami, sausages, nalli, lamb chops, and lamb feet for paya soup. You will also find tuna fish, and dried fish. I also saw a prawns balchao ready-to-eat preparation the last time I was here. There are also some basic items in cheeses, like cheddar, mozarella, Britannia cream cheese and gouda. In the veggies section you will find iceberg lettuce, ginseng, fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, and tarragon. Celery, avocado, brocolli also have a place in their exotic veggies section. A good place to go to if you are making Italian or French recipes which do not call for other varieties of cheeses.

Hypercity-  In Kasarwadavli. Just-too-damn-far! But man... you will find almost everything here! Right from different types of cheeses (I found Ementhal, parmesan, swiss cheese and more varieties here) to sundried tomatoes. The last time I went, I found Dijon mustard, horse-radish relish, cajun pepper etc. There are different varieties of teas too to suit your taste. In the meat section you will find different varieties of hams too, apart from the regular meat cuts. You will find just about anything and everything under the same roof at this market. I also saw a can of ready-to-use whipped cream (In chocolate and butterscotch flavor) the last time I went there. It is all slightly over-priced though.

Reliance Mart- Pokharan road no.2. A decent store. This is where I found my oyster sauce and fish sauce. They might be stocking it in other stores too, but I haven't come across any store that has them.

Godrej Fresh- A small store in Hiranandani Meadows at Patlipada. Once again, a little too far, although not as far as Hypercity. Small shop, few good items. I saw Rich's Whipping cream here.

These are the hypermarkets. In the next section I will write about the small shops stocking cake essentials.

Till then, my Burmese curry recipe.

You will need,
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 15 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch coriander
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 cup thick coconut cream
  • 1/2  vegetable stock cube
  • vegetable oil
  • salt to taste
Boil the eggs and shell them. Make a small slit on the side. Keep them aside.

Separate the leaves of coriander from the stalks and mince them separately. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a wok and throw in the sliced onions first. Once they have caramelized, remove them on kitchen towels.

Next add the chopped garlic. Fry them till they are slightly brown and keep them aside.

Now throw in the chopped onions, minced coriander stalks and saute well for three to four minutes till the onions are cooked.

Add the tomatoes, dry spices, fish sauce and salt and saute for five to seven minutes till the tomatoes are completely cooked. Add 2 cups of water and bring the curry to a boil. Add the tamarind paste and vegetable stock cube and boil for two more minutes.

Finally add the coconut cream, and stir well. Turn off the heat. Add the eggs, and the fried onions, garlic and minced coriander to garnish.

Serve hot with steamed rice.

Happy Cooking!

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