Here at Ice Moon Prison, we celebrate the winter festival of Christmas with traditional wintery foods. A few years ago we did a cooking course at Gewürzhaus in Toorak, and learned how to make Lebkuchen, a German spiced gingerbread.
Here at Ice Moon Prison, we like a good curry, especially that most British of curries, butter chicken. Home recipes for butter chicken tend to be awful, and usually end up being given to the Ice Moon Prison Hound. When we came across a recipe from MasterChef’s Jimmy Seervai, we were sceptical. But it proved to be authentic, and ever since, we’ve been tweaking it to taste more like what we can get from our local Indian restaurant, Tandoori Cottage (Urbanspoon page).
The latest version, heavily adapted, is presented here. The most important spices are the fenugreek leaves (methi) and Kashmiri chilli powder; there really is no substituting them. Ice Moon Prison uses and recommends Herbie’s Spices (unlike MasterChef since 2011).
Prep Time: 3 hrs | Cook Time: 1 hr | Difficulty: Medium