Basic Balti Sauce

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Title: Basic Balti Sauce
Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Indian, Sauces, Balti


3 tb Vegetable oil
4 Onions, chopped
Small piece of ginger,
Peeled and grated
1 Large garlic clove, crushed
1 Tomato, chopped
1 tb Paprika
1/2 ts Turmeric
1/2 ts Cumin (ground)
1/2 ts Ground coriander
1 ts Chili powder
Fresh chopped coriander
(a handful)
Salt to taste

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over moderate heat. Fry the onions, ginger
and garlic until the onions are translucent. Add the tomato and stir-fry,
breaking it up with the spoon. Pour in 300 ml / 1/2 UK pint water, and stir
in the other ingredients. Bring to the boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer
for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour into a blender or
food processor and liquidize.

(Note: this is only one formula of thousands possible. There's no more a
single recipe for Balti sauce than there's a single recipe for chili. Some
cooks like more garlic, some more chili powder; some use fresh chilies as
well: some add yogurt, coconut, name it.)

(Adapted from 100 BEST BALTI CURRIES, Lowe & Davidson)

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