Chicken Rogan Josh @ Nok Bar

Korat is a great place to live and visit but obviously we all end up missing some things which are hard or even impossible to find here, especially considering how easy they are to get in our home countries. For me the most striking example of this is Indian food. The UK now has more Indian Restaurants than Fish and Chip shops, and Indian Take-aways are easily the most popular take away.

Thankfully Nok Bar in Joho have done something about this and are offering two authentic curries, a Lamb Jalfrezi and a Chicken Rogan Josh as specials.

Chicken Rogan Josh is an aromatic chicken dish of Persian origin, which is one of the signature recipes of Kashmiri cuisine. Roughan means clarified butter or fat in Persian, while jus (alternatively romanised josh), gives the figurative meaning of intensity or passion and ultimately derives from the verb jušidan meaning to heat or boil. Rogan josh thus means cooked in oil at intense heat.

It consists of braised Chicken cooked with a gravy based on browned onions or shallots, yogurt, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices (cloves, bay leaves, cardamom and cinnamon). Its characteristic brilliant red colour traditionally comes from liberal amounts of dried chillies.

The curry is served with a Paratha, which is an Indian bread and various rice options are available to accompany the meal.

The owner’s mother worked in an Indian Restaurant in Bangkok for 15 years before joining her daughter at the Bar, and it shows. The Chicken Rogan Josh was absolutely delicious, one of the best I have had anywhere in Thailand. Great to know that this is now available in Korat and I think judging by the quality more and more people will eat Nok's curries and the range offered will hopefully expand.

Korat has always needed a place to go and sit and enjoy a great freshly made curry and now finally it has one! FF

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