27170_lQ: I was watching a cooking show the other day where they were making a Chicken Korma, looked like and easy enough recipe but one item the recipe called for was Korma paste. How would one make it as I am sure the store bought ones would contain a few preservatives and I try to stick away from those.

A: Chicken Korma is a fantastic easy curry to make. I do agree with you about using products that have preservatives in them we try keep away from foods that have been processed to much and will always try make from fresh.

This is a very easy Korma paste recipe that we made recently in our Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food class.

2 cloves garlic peeled and sliced
4cm ginger, peeled and finely grated
½t cayenne pepper
1t garam masala
½t sea salt
2T grapeseed oil
1T tomato purée
2 fresh green chillies seeded and finely sliced
3T desiccated coconut
2T ground almonds
Small bunch fresh coriander stalks and leaves chopped

Dry fry
2t cumin seeds
1t coriander seeds

1.    Dry fry seeds until they start to change colour and release an aromatic smell.
2.    Place all the ingredients in a food processor or mortar and pestle and grind until the desired paste is achieved.

Wickedfood Cooking School will be holding an “all you need to know about Indian curry” class on the 6th of July 2009 where we will give an in-depth hands on demonstration in preparing a number of great Indian curries. Cooking methods covered will include:
A hot fragrant beef curry
A classic lamb curry
Mild slow cooked curry.
A famous Mongol dishes
Fish curry
A vegetarian stew.

Other topics covered will include:

Blending spices and masala mixes;
Making gee and its uses in Indian cooking

Wickedfood Cooking School

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Wickedfood Cooking school Johannesburg runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our classes are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.