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VANdoori - the only Barnet-themed curry recipe you’ll ever need

Published on Friday 25 January 2019 in Vanarama National League News

VANdoori - the only Barnet-themed curry recipe you’ll ever need

Football + Curry = A good night in… and to celebrate Barnet being the last National League team in the FA Cup, we've come up with our very own VANdoori curry recipe for your night in with the match on the TV.

Most companies would just give Barnet and manager Darren 'Ruby' Currie a round of applause for being the only National League team still in the FA Cup, but Vanarama has gone one step further and created a VANtastic curry – the VANdoori – in honour of Mr Currie.

So, before the match starts, whack on some VAN Morrison, maybe even a film starring VAN Diesel or Jean-Claude VAN Damme (you get the picture). Now, let's get our spice on… and make sure you put some loo paper in the fridge, you're gonna need it.

VANdoori Ingredients

  • 1 onion (peel it, quarter it)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A thumbs-up sized chunk of peeled ginger
  • ½ red chilli (representing the fire and passion shown by the teams and their fans)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp honey (in honour of the club's iconic nickname - the Bees)
  • 1 tsp rose water (an ode to the red rose, white rose and crossed swords on the club crest - a reference to the 1471 Battle of Barnet during the War of the Roses)
  • Sprinkling of saffron (to provide an orange colouring representing Barnet's playing kit)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1-2 tsp hot chilli powder (this is why you need the cold loo roll)
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • small pack coriander, chopped
  • rice
  • naan
  • VANgo chutney
  • Loo rool – serve chilled

What to do when…

  1. Shove the onion, garlic, ginger and red chilli together into a blender until it turns into a thick paste, turn up VAN Morrison.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan, add the paste, fry for 5 mins until it goes soft (throw in a bit of water if it sticks).
  3. Tip in turmeric, cumin, coriander, honey, rose water, saffron and 1-2 tsp hot chilli powder (check loo roll is in fridge) and stir in for a couple of minutes. Add chicken breasts, cut into chunks. Stir and make sure everything is covered in the spice mix (re-check loo roll).
  4. OPTIONAL – Add in a splash of orange food dye to make the curry that little bit more "Vanaramarised".
  5. Cook until the chicken begins to go white adding water if it sticks to the pan.
  6. Pour in chopped tomatoes, throw in a pinch of salt, pop on a lid and cook on a low heat for 30 mins so the chicken cooks.
  7. Get your coriander, stir it through, then serve with rice, naan, crack open the VANgo chutney and turn on the football. Perfect!