Further Adventures in Search of Perfection: Reinventing Kitchen Classics by Heston BlumenthalHeston Blumenthal has quickly made a name for himself as one of the worlds most innovative and revolutionary chefs and is best known for remaking even the most basic meals into truly delectable entrees. In this intriguing volume, Heston investigates every aspect of eight classic dishes: Trifle, Baked Alaska, Fish Pie, Hamburgers, Peking Duck, Chicken Tikka Masala, Risotto, and Chilli Con Carne. Along with helpful tips on how to select ingredients and cook each meal to perfection, information on the cultural traditions and history surrounding them is also provided. Lavishly illustrated and filled with insightful information from both in and out of the kitchen, this is a unique and tasty treat for aspiring culinary perfectionists.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Sign in. Watch now. Before attempting to make what is arguably Britain's favorite dish, chicken tikka masala, Heston first travels to Delhi, India to sample the dish at two of the city's self-proclaimed best restaurants at making the dish. Initially, he comes away more confused as their chicken tikka masala is nothing like what he and Brits know it to be, but is actually closer to what South Asians call butter chicken. An important aspect according to the South Asian experts is the long marination of the chicken in yogurt and the spices. Back at home, Heston goes to school to test scientifically if the positive effect of yogurt in the marinade is myth or truth.
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You know the drill by now. This is a fantastic place. If you ever get the chance to shop at any kind of Asian wholesaler instead of a supermarket then please do so, the savings are worth it. This was also a time when submersion brining still seemed like a good idea. Brine, through various bits of science better explained by Modernist Cuisine , helps meat hold on to more water, giving it a more succulent texture though a more watery, diluted flavour. The recipe uses only chicken thighs the meat is naturally more succulent. This actually left us with about a kilo of leftover skin and bone.