Phall (The Hottest Curry of All!)
photo by Smokenbluecheese
- Ready In:
- 1hr 40mins
- 1 1⁄2 lbs meat or 1 1/2 lbs poultry, chopped into 1 inch cubes
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 ounce fresh ginger, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons ghee or 3 tablespoons oil
- 14 ounces canned tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree
- 12 dried chilies (birdseye work well) or 12 fresh chili peppers (birdseye work well)
- 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
- 1 teaspoon coriander, ground
- 3 teaspoons chili powder (dried, ground chiles such as cayenne)
- 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves (optional)
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- Fry the meat in a pan in half the ghee or oil, until sealed (5 to 10 minutes). Set aside.
- Fry the onion, garlic and ginger until golden in remaining ghee or oil.
- Mix the spices with a little water to make a paste.
- Add to the onion mixture and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add the tomato (tinned, ketchup and puree) and chilies.
- Cook for a further 10 minutes.
- Combine the meat and all ingredients in a casserole dish and cook in a pre-heated oven at 400 deg F, Gas 6 for 45 to 60 minutes. (Alternatively, add meat back to the pan with the mixture and cook covered on low heat for an hour. At this stage you can also just throw it all into the slow cooker if you prefer.).
The spice combination is perfect, exactly what I was looking for. I used 6 habanero peppers, which was just about right for us, and 1/2 tsp ground fenugreek instead of the leaves. Just wanted to point out that you really can use any kind of meat or poultry and it'll be great -- I poured the sauce over a brisket and baked it covered for 3 hours and it was amazing.
Goat meat was my protein of choice and I omitted ketchup. I used a combo of Thai chilis and habaneros with some bhut jolokia. This was deadly but delicious. Standing over the pan while cooking caused major reactions to eyes and sinuses. Major mouth burn, I mean SERIOUS mouth burn but no gut issues for me after. People are amazed that I can eat what I eat and feel fine while they're riding the porcelain bus for half the day. Lol! But it hurts so good! Thanks!!!! Btw, I hit all the ingredients except the meat with my immersion blender. I recommend serving this with cucumbers and mint in yoghurt to tame the heat beast, Basmati rice, and beer! Ghee or butter is better than oil for flavor.
We made this tonight and it was WONDERFUL. Thank you so much for such a great recipe. And yeah, if you don't like spicy and kinda hot, skip it. But you'll be missing a lot.<br/><br/>We had Naan bread with it, and it was perfect. We didn't have birdseye chilies so we used the Japanese, ground, and it worked just great.
I added 250ml water and combined the ingredients with an immersion blender before adding the meat back into the sauce. I also added a tablespoon of paprika and seasoned with salt which this recipe desperately needs. I cooked this on the stovetop on low heatfor 2 hours with the lid off to tenderise the meat and reduce the sauce. Brilliant.