Monday, 24 February 2014

A Vini & Bal's competition...and how to pretend that you made a kick-ass aromatic soup


This week over in The Cooking Corner, I'm showing you how to impress all your friends by lying to them.  We will be tarting up a Vini & Bal's curry sauce by hoying a couple of other ingredients into it and turning it into soup.  This is a useful sort of recipe for a dinner party as it means that you can bez on with the wine nice and early instead of wasting precious time cooking.

Here's what you'll need for two portions:


* 1 tub of Vini & Bal's Shahi sauce.  This one is quite creamy and mild, so great for curry wimps.
* tin of coconut cream.  Because you can never have too much cream going on.
* soy sauce
* a lime.  I'll be honest, I found my lime at the bottom of the fridge underneath something squishy and unidentifiable.  The lime wasn't looking too hot.  If I'm struck down with a dodgy tummy later, it'll definitely be the lime's fault.

Method:

Empty the Shahi sauce into a pan and heat.  Add some water.  Yes, "some".  How much you add depends on how thick you like your soup to be.  Now, you could leave it at that at this point - the sauce, heated up with a bit of water to thin it makes a perfectly delicious soup as it is.  However, as we're aiming for deception here, I chose to add a few ingredients, as everybody knows that something totally counts as home cooked if you've added at least 2 ingredients yourself.  Granted, this is on the same dodgy ground as "it's not infidelity if it happens in a different county", but you're going to have to get on board with me here.

Squeeze in the lime to taste.  It's not complicated: if you like things extra limey, squeeze in the lot. If you don't, just a little bit will do.  Then dollop in some coconut cream.  You've guessed it - use as much as you like.  I was then slightly controversial and added a few drops of soy sauce.  I'm pretty sure than Vini & Bal are shaking their fists at the computer screen right now, but I like soy sauce in a curry and it's my blog, so there.

When everything is hot, pour into bowls and add a little more coconut cream.  I think it would be good to serve this soup with naan bread instead of the traditional crusty bread rolls.  But what do I know?  I ate mine with a crumpet because I have all the finesse a bog brush.


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198 comments:

  1. love a good chicken korma mmmmmm

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  2. chicken tikka balti. just the right hotness and not too creamy xx

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  3. I've just perfected the lamb rogan josh! I'm getting there...! :)

    Jen xx

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  4. Chicken biryani is probably my fave :)

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  5. Jo Pratts Beef Beef Redang Curry - Yum Yum

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  6. i like your humour :) chicken curry

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  7. Lamb rogan josh is my fave, the lamb has to be perfect though, melt in the mouth, yum!!!!

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  8. My favourite curry is a Chicken Tikka Masala, yum yum

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  9. My favourite is Chicken Jalfrezi

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  10. I like chicken jalfrezi!

    Ashleigh

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  11. Just a normal Chicken Curry

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  12. I have a great Thai green curry recipe that seems really impressive but is actually really easy. I usually make it with tofu but split it into two and make half tofu, half prawns for non-veggies.

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  13. A NEW FAVE IS RENDANG, ITS DELICIOUS

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  14. It has to be lamb passanda or Gurka chicken curry. Mmmm.

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  15. I tend to make mine up as I go along, but recently, I've been experimenting with prawns, lots of curry leaves and coconut milk.

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  16. My favourite is vegetable malaya

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  17. Lamb Balti, sooo delicious

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  18. i'm a a bit of a wuss but my hubby makes a lovely korma

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  19. I adore a pollok chicken tikka masala, I think the spinach makes it taste extra tasty x

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  20. My favourite is chicken tikka balti. Just spicy enough for me!

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  21. A nice chicken balti with a side of tarka dhal for me!

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  22. beef madras x maria blythin

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  23. I lurve curry! I always order chicken dansak from the local takeaway but I also cook my own curries and I've curried potato,chcken, beef and pork. I love lentil curry too.

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  24. Only just got into curries as I didn't really like them. Bf encouraged me to try one and now I love them. :)

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  25. lamb rogan josh :)

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  26. Charmian Filewood24 February 2014 at 22:30

    I'm afraid I'm a bit of a wimp I prefer mild, so korma or tikka is more than enough for me lol

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  27. thai green curry...mmm, now I'm hungry

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  28. A lovely cocco nut creamy curry for me

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  29. I love dupiaza! Especially chicken dupiaza, although actually I'm a fan of veggie curry too :)

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  30. The hotter the better lamb madras with a perswhari nann yum!!!!

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  31. Chicken Thai Green Curry.

    Rachel Craig

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  32. I am a fan of Korma, but I love a Lamb Tikka Masala as well :)

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  33. vegetable curry

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  34. My favourite curry is a hot dahl served with boiled rice.

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  35. I love any curry made by my hubby. He usually uses lots of spices and coconut milk, delicious. :)

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  36. We were sent a kit for a Syrian curry it was the best ever.

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  37. Nice Fish Curry like we had in India

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  38. Chicken tikka. I love strips of chicken then coated in loads of sauce.

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  39. any chicken curry

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  40. a classic chicken tikka masala, but to be honest i always prefer starters with loads of fresh salad and mango chutne mmmm
    Georgia Gordon

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  41. Chicken tikka masala or a nice vindaloo :)

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  42. Now I need curry (any chicken or prawn one, but preferably a bhuna or dopiaza) with a crumpet!

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  43. Either a Beef Madras or a Thai Green Prawn

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  44. I really like curry with a little kick in it however I also enjoy the occassional Korma but home made always win

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  45. I go for any meat - but not hotly spiced (spice takes the flavour off the meat) - so probably a lamb korma
    Spencer Broadley
    s.broad@hotmail.co.uk

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  46. A prawn or chicken korma. Very traditional and not spicy! Takeaway as well, I can never make a good korma

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  47. My favourite is Chicken Jalfrezi

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  48. lamb and lentil with lots of garlic and chilli

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  49. Any with chicken in, Tikka or Masala, any mild curry x
    Twitter @tjsi1963

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  50. rogan josh as it is nice and creamy

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  51. It has to contain prawns, don't mind how hot or what type

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  52. chicken tikka

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  53. I can't remember what it's called (useless I know!) but it involves chickpeas and spinach!

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  54. I love tikka masala

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  55. Anything with fenugreek in - and spicy!

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  56. My uncles chicken curry is the besr

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  57. i used to go for chicken tikka masala but now tend to for chicken rogan josh i love all the tomatoes and its one of the more healthier curry choices you can go for :)

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  58. I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to trying new curry's but I would love to experiment, I usually stick to Korma or Passanda.

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  59. Suzanne Jackson1 March 2014 at 15:07

    chicken vindaloo x

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  60. Chicken shashlik if eating out, dopiaza if I'm making at home

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  61. I make and 'everything curry', loads of left overs all in a bit pot, nice and spicy, theres no recipe but it goes down a treat

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  62. Chicken Tikka Masala, always the monday night dinner after sunday roast chicken

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  63. Quite sadly from a Curry van that pitches up accross the playing field from our house every Friday and Saturday. Choices of 'Beef' 'Lamb' 'Chicken' 'Prawn' 'Vegetarian' wtih lots of extras, always a poppadom and she does fantastic Bhajis!

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  64. Chicken Tikka Masala is the usual but I would love to try something different

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  65. My favourite curry is my husbands jamaican style lamb curry. It's nom nom, but I put on about 2 pounds every time I eat it as he makes loads and I just cant help having seconds/ thirds then eating any leftovers the next day even for breakfast ( Yes I have no shame )

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  66. Chicken Tikka, poppadum,rice and mango chutney mmmmmmmmmmm

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  67. My favourite curry is chicken tikka masala :)

    Natalie Gillham

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  68. chicken biryani is my favourite.

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  69. Anything mild, but with lots of spices.

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  70. I love chicken tikka biryani

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  71. thai green with wild garlic rice

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  72. Pam Francis Gregory2 March 2014 at 09:54

    I love a good dhansak, Sweet but hot with pineapple & lentils to thicken

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  73. I adore korma i love super spicy ones but love a korma :)

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  74. If I'm buying a ready made curry I usually go for a decent lamb rogan josh but if I'm making one I tend to make up a biryani and have curried eggs



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  75. I love a good spicy jalfrezi!

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  76. louise e bennett2 March 2014 at 11:42

    chicken tikka

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  77. tracey thompson2 March 2014 at 11:43

    im a bit of a woos so it has to be mild for me...korma

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  78. In my Twenties we used to go to the Curry House in Cambridge and try and eat the hotest curry, the chef always won. now I love a medium, as I am not as agile at getting to the little room and cannot take the pain.

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  79. A prawn curry that hubby makes, it started its life as a really easy, midweek, five ingredient sort of meal. I couldn't make it now, Andy has fine tuned it into a gourmet dish!

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  80. Saag paneer - so yummy and not too naughty

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  81. Chicken Vindaloo for me - the hotter the better

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  82. Thai curries are very tasty.

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  83. I'm afraid I'm boring and like Chicken Tikka Massala!

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  84. Chicken Tikka Massala ... My most Favorite .....YUMYUM

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  85. Home made chicken curry :) Using the recipe my mum taught me

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  86. My favourite is Chicken Jalfrezi :)

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  87. Most curries that are not too hot and only contain veg,love mushroom dopiaza.

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  88. I love chicken madras - but with bombay potatoes & Brinjal bhaji

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  89. I love butter chicken, with a slight curry flavour but not so hot it burns my tongue!

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  90. I'm loving chicken tikka korma at the moment <3

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  91. I love paneer and pea curry... we call it cheesy peas in my house :) x

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  92. Chicken tikka. Curry is my favourite takeaway, love it

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  93. i cant remember to much about it but when i was about 10 (18 years ago lol) i went round a family friends house and they made a curry and parsnip soup and it was amazing! With actual currys i love a korma with a peshwari naan mmmm!

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  94. worked out two things here. (1. jalfrezi is my fav as its not to so hot it burns and ruins the flavour but it still has a kick. (2. I need a life! the amount of time I spent working out number one just isn't healthy ;)
    Ashleigh armstrong

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  95. Chicken Tikka Masala is the best for me

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  96. My Favorite is a Lamb Pasanda

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  97. I'm a fan of anything with a bit of heat to it.

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  98. Thai Green Curry - it's yummy.

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  99. Aubergine and sweet potato Thai green curry with a coconut sauce

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  100. Chicken biryani or something from chinese as full flavour without the bum burn

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  101. im totally a wimp when it comes to curry.. weird because i have fond memories of tucking into a spicy bhoona many years ago the day after a wild night out, and i liked it.. now though i can barely sit through a packet of salt and vinegar crisps without having watery eyes and running to the fridge for a glass of ice cold milk and my tastebuds squealing in pain.. soooo ive been sticking to a good old korma.. cant beat it :)

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  102. p.s, love your blog.. so honest, funny and refreshing.. i shall be back to visit :)

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  103. thai green curry

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  104. I love a thai green curry. It is the only curry I can have however my husband loves things hot and spicy

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  105. Chicken korma, yep I'm a curry wimp!

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  106. i love a chicken korma! i dont think its boring!

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  107. Tracey Tedford3 March 2014 at 10:08

    Korma or Rogan Josh for me

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  108. Chicken Madras

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  109. I love a chicken korma, but my best curry is one that someone else has cooked

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  110. chicken dopiaza :)

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  111. I love a really mild Paneer Makhani with pilau rice and poppadoms!

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  112. Lamb rogan josh.. Amazing!

    Kel Ellen Hirst

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  113. Chicken Rogan is nice

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  114. I love a lamb rogan josh - a bit of heat but not too much

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  115. my favourite curry is a chicken curry that my mums friend used to make, I have never tasted a better one

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  116. Chicken and mushroom biriyani

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  117. I love Vegetable Madras :-)

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  118. chicken tikka masala

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  119. @veridianstorm (twitter)3 March 2014 at 18:37

    Chicken Tikka Madras, Pilau Rice, Bombay Aloo on the side, with two Spicy papadums. DELICIOUS!!!! (Think i'll go and order one right now lol)

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  120. Any Curry with lamb in it!!

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  121. chicken curry
    lisa ann tebbutt

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  122. I love a mild curry like a korma or a pasanda

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  123. My hubby makes a great Thai Green Chicken Curry

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  124. I Love Dansak, love the sweet and sour flavour

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  125. I love my wife's nepalese mutton curry - so rich and tender and it blows your socks off!

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  126. I like it quite sweet ... so lamb korma is my favourite!

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  127. Chicken Tikka Masala ... yummy :-)

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  128. Lamb and Spinach (saag gosht) my absolute fav with peshwari naan mmmm

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  129. I love an aubergine curry, quite mild and a bit creamy.

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  130. Rachel Steward3 March 2014 at 23:20

    Homemade Rogan Josh - Nom

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