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Bride and Prejudice and Butter Chicken

1butter18A Bollywood-style version of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice? Bollywood is cool, in small doses, I even attempt to dance along, but Bollywoodization of Austen?

I was pleasantly surprised by Bride and Prejudice starring Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson (The Ring), Naveen Andrews (Lost), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Nadira Babbar, Anupam Kher, and a wonderful supporting cast. It was more Hollywood Bollywood, with plenty of romance and dance. A thoroughly modern version. I won’t get into the colonialism issues, that’s for another post.

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Of course all this got me thinking of Indian cuisine. I can’t think of a curry, chutney, masala, dal, paneer, gosht, dahi, lentil, chickpea, raiti, naan, vindaloo I don’t love, wait, I’m not horribly fond of mung beans.

When I got this copy of The New Indian Slow Cooker by Neela Paniz (Ten Speed Press) from Netgalley.com I found it incongruous; Indian cooking is meticulous and methodical,  would it work with a slow cooker? I understand the practicality of it, I love slow cooking. So why not give it a try?
I perused the recipes, all well-written and accompanied by mouth-watering images that made me want to reach into the pages, tear off a piece of naan and scoop up some curry.

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Then I saw my friend and arch nemesis, butter chicken. Silky cream caressing your senses as you swim in a river of abounding contentment. Yes, I thought, you shall decide. Let The Hunger Games begin, but you know, with less fighting and death, more cooking delicious food.

While the butter chicken was delicious and easier than usual (after cooking just add butter sauce to whatever version of cooked chicken you like, or turkey or tofu or paneer), I may stay with longer cooking, unless I’m short on time.

Does it bother anyone when they take a classic and change it?
I don’t mean bother as in people being blown up, deadly viruses, planes being shot out of the sky, government corruption, lies, etc., maybe more like annoy.
I’m of two minds, I love the classics, but enjoy renovations or adaptations, not that there aren’t bumps, but I sometimes think, why can’t they leave well enough alone and get some new ideas?

What about with cooking? Why not just enjoy what we have, then again, if we did that what culinary wonders would have been left undiscovered?

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Butter Chicken

3 tablespoons butter
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup half and half
Substitute coconut milk or lower fat milk or non-diary for cream and half and half, it will thin your recipe, but 1 tsp of corn starch will thicken it.
¼ cup water
Ginger and chilis (1-3 pieces each to taste) or you can use powered, 1 tsp each
2 tbsp sugar or 2 tbsp honey
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt

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Melt butter on med-high heat.
Add diary. Mix well.
Add water.
Then spices and sugar. Mix well.
Cover, reduce heat to low (whether on the stove or in slow cooker).
In slow cooker, cook for about 5 hours; on the stove, 2 hours, but remember to stir.

This will keep in fridge for 2 weeks, sealed, or in freezer for 2 months.

This book and others have many variations on this recipe, this is the one I usually use, feel free to play with all, have some spicy fun… and don’t forget to dance.

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6 thoughts on “Bride and Prejudice and Butter Chicken

  1. I was pleasantly surprised, too, when I saw the film. I think I might be highly delighted by the Butter Chicken. I’m going to have to buy that cookery book as I love Indian food and we were recently given a rather splendid slow cooker to replace our original, very old, very small one!

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    1. A new and larger slow cooker sounds lovely, especially as a gift, how thoughtful! Yes, butter chicken is a delight. I’m glad you liked the film, it’s not as well-known as the other Austen adaptations, but very enjoyable. 🙂

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  2. I don’t use my slow cooker nearly as often as I should. Kids complain that everything is mushed together! We all love Indian food here and I don’t know why I’ve never thought to cook it in this way seeing as how it always ends up looking a bit mushed anyway. Now that I’m returning to work next week I’m giving this a go. I’ve never tried butter chicken but I like the sound of it. And I love Bollywood music. So next week should find me serving up Indian cuisine and sashaying in time. Or, with a bit of luck, someone will serve it up to me. 🙂

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    1. Mmmmm, now I’m thinking of butter chicken all over again. Hope it goes well for you, the cooking and the dancing, maybe you can dance while someone else cooks. 😉

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  3. Bride and Prejudice and Butter Chicken
    Sounds like an excellent movie…. I love all the Bollywood-style versions of
    cool movies… it’s one that I have to watch.
    It so nice to get a recipe for Butter Chicken – I love their food and now I’ll
    have to make it tonight!

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