Chef Vs Chef Ultimate Curry Battle



(upbeat music) – [Mike] We are Sorted, a
group of mates from London exploring the newest and
best in the world of food whilst trying to have a
few laughs along the way. We've got chefs. We've got normal. And a whole world of
stuff for you to explore. But everything we do starts with you. (upbeat music) And here we are again.
This is Jamie and I'm Ben. – And yes, our chefs are
doing it. You asked for it. It's a curry battle. What did
you think I was going to say? – [Mike] A few weeks
back us three normals had our ultimate curry battle. – Now it's time to see what the chefs have got up their sleeves. – In three, two, one. – Right. I'm going to
recreate two of the best street food dishes I had in Delhi. Pani puri, which is like pastry
that's fried, filled with potato and then an incredibly
spicy, tangy, herby sauce. And I'm making chana
masala. Chickpea curry. To begin with, I'm
going to make the pastry which basically is semolina
flour, baking powder, salt and water combined and
kneaded into a dough. As you knead semolina, it starts to absorb more and more water so it
just takes a bit of time to bring it together
into a nice soft dough. – Right, have you got
anything to bring to the game that's going to compete with that? "I've been to India." – Yes, I have, yes. You guys have never been to
India so you have no idea what it tastes like so it doesn't matter if he's been to India or not. – This is James' recipe and
half of it is scribbled out. Did you just change your mind last minute? – I didn't like what I
cooked in the Recipe Lab and I haven't had another Recipe Lab so. – So you're winging it? – [James] Yeah. Party on! – I'm making a burnt aubergine curry. It's going to be bitter. It's going to go with sweet mango chutney. It's going to go with
a delicious bread that may or may not work. And some yogurt. I need to start with my
bread because I have no idea if it's going to work or
not and if it doesn't work, then I need to do something else. I just combined flour, salt,
vegetable oil and water in a bowl, kneaded it for a few minutes and I'm going to leave it for an hour or maybe half an hour because time. (upbeat music) Aubergines. I'm going to prick them. My pierced aubergines go
directly onto the heat and I'm going to finish
them with a blow torch to get that skin really, really blistered. (laughter) – Did you see that? He tripped
me up. Did you see that? Sabotage. – [Barry] James can't
compete. Can't even stand up. – All though I am glad that Ben
mentioned the word sabotage. Because can you hear that noise? (alarm) – Curveball. – Oh my God. – So today's community
suggested Curveball, at some point during the video, the Curveball Klakson will
ring and one of the chefs will have to exit the kitchen
and come and stand next to us. – In the meantime, the other
chef who stays in the kitchen has to manage both recipes. – For five minutes. We will
decided who comes out and when. – And there will be no
verbal communication to the other chef. – I like the fact that with that Curveball there's nothing we can do. – [Jamie] Nope. (James yells) – [James] It's too much. It's too much. I'm worried about the fire alarm. – Once the dough's kneaded,
wrap it in cling film. I'm going to leave it to
once side while I get on with everything else. Everything else: four
spuds pricked with a fork, microwaved ten minutes. I am using a few cheats for this recipe, microwave being one of them.
The second, tinned chickpeas. I've got brown chickpeas, white chickpeas. I've drained them. I'm now going to warm them up in water with two cloves of garlic,
cumin seeds and salt, cinnamon stick and bay,
star anise and a tea bag. – For my mango chutney, I
have chopped up garlic, ginger and chilies, put them in a pan, fried them off for a little
bit with some spices, lots of brown sugar, white
wine vinegar and three mangoes. – This is the traditional pot. A karahi. It was offered to me by
Niki, who's on our team, and I thought it's something
that's been handed down through generations. I can't
not use it. It's gorgeous. It's going to be the base
of my chickpea curry. Oil, tumeric, cumin seed. When the cumin seeds start
to pop, in with onion. – Just had a message
from Niki who's sitting on the other side of that wall. Just to say he absolutely said that wrong. We literally went through
this ten minutes ago. (laughter) (alarm) – Curveball? – Curveball. Ebbers,
thank you for joining us. Your five minutes starts now. James please continue
your dish and Ebbers. – You haven't even got the
recipe cause you're so confident so I don't have a recipe
to work from either. And I don't know how to use this pan. Well, we'll make sure this doesn't burn and the longer these cook
off the better, I would say. This is going to be boring
because he doesn't have a recipe. He doesn't have anything. – Well, make it up then. – I can't do that. I
cannot do that to him. I'm just going to leave it
and I'm going to blowtorch my aubergines which is a very
important part of my recipe. – Five, four, three, two, one. Go back in. – (cheers) – Timer. – Doesn't matter.
Wasted. Wasted Curveball. – We need to pick our
time more strategically for when we pull James out. – It was your idea. – So I've just taken the tea bag out. Right, what am I doing next? Spuds. – [Barry] Ben? – [Ben] Yeah. – [Barry] What's your
plan with those potatoes? – So I just want the fluffy
insides and then I'm going to turn it into a deliciously
spiced potato filling. – So in the spirit of not wasting food, could Barry and I borrow
those potato skins when you're done with them? – Absolutely. Into my potatoes are going
garam masala, ground cumin, chili powder, black onion seeds and salt. And then once those potatoes have cooled, in with loads of freshly
chopped coriander. (upbeat music) – [Jamie] Flavor, flavor,
flavor, flavor, flavor, flavor. – With the onions soft and
sweet, in goes chopped ginger. In the recipe that Niki
shared with me, as well, there were two ingredients
I'd never used before and had to go in the
sauce: dried mango powder and dried pomegranate seeds. A fair whack of each going into here. Generous amount of tomato puree going into the onion base and cook
that out for a few minutes. – My paratha dough has rested for an hour and now I'm rolling it into
balls and I'm going to roll it as thin as possible and then
roll it into a sausage shape and then roll it into a spiral,
fold on top of each other and then rest it and then roll it again. – This might be a honeycomb
moment. Definitely. – [Jamie] Is this how you
make honeycomb, as well? – [Eric] No. – This is brilliant. – Is it a bit like a filo pastry in terms of how you're
getting lots of layers? – [James] Yes. – Cool. – Like when you make Is caramel the one where
you have to take it to like 124 degrees? – No. – Ben, which part of your recipe
are you most nervous about? – The bit I'm most excited
about is the experience of you making your own at the table but the whole point is that
the pastries have to have a hole in them and if they don't puff up, it's a bit pointless. The bit I'm making now is a really flavored water, basically. It's spicy, it's tangy, it's
sweet and it's super fresh from herb and you've got to
get all of those in balance. So I've got tamarin,
ginger, cumin salt, sugar, chili, we're leaving some seeds in, and loads of fresh mint and coriander. Blend it all up with loads of
water and then strain it off. (yelling) – [Barry] Oh no, James – I made a hole in my dough. Usually, I put my mango chutney
in the fridge to cool down. I'm going to put it in the freezer, just because it takes less time and hopefully I don't forget about it. – I'm going to scoop all the whole spices the cinnamon stick, the
cloves, the bay leaf out of the chickpea water.
It's given it all the flavor. And then combine the two, the chickpea and the water
into the tomato paste. – Can I borrow you while you're here? – It's very hot. – Open your mouth wide. – Why? – Just open your mouth really wide. I'm just checking for size. I want to make these so
they're single mouth. How wide can you go?
Open your mouth wider. – I don't know what's happening. – I don't know how big
to make my pani puri. I want them to go in single. Yeah, if they're any bigger than that we're going to have trouble. – I'm not hungry anymore.
Do you want these? – Yes, I do. I'll get a dish. We'll put them through the sexys. (upbeat music) – So? – Please, thank you.
Anything to pair this with? – No. Cheers. You know, if there's
one thing I've learned from these chef battles, it's that we're really good
at making potato skins. – The next step is to toast off my spices which are tumeric, coriander,
cumin, asafetida and cinnamon. I'm going to toast off my spices
and grind them to a paste. Meanwhile, my onions are
frying up for twenty minutes to get lots of caramelization. In go my garlic and my
chilies with the spices and then the chopped tomatoes go in with a little bit of sugar. Simmer for 15-20 minutes
then the aubergine goes in for another five minutes with a little bit of chopped coriander and
that is my curry done. Super simple. – Another thing in my recipe
that's hugely not traditional, I'm using a pasta roller
to roll out this dough. When I tested it, you just need to roll it as thin as possible. It's fine to do it with a
rolling pin, I just am lazy. So this is the crunch point. Thinly rolled, cut, dipped into oil. Now if the oil is the right
temperature and is good enough, elastic enough but also thin enough, they should puff up into a balloon and keep that air in there. Yes! That was a thing that if it didn't work what I'd have ended up with
is lots of cooked pastry which I would crumble over
the top of my chana masala, which is also a nice element.
And how I had it in Delhi. I did have a back up. Flip them in the oil
so they cook both side, a nice golden brown and crispy. – [James] That is magic, how that works. – Not all of them are great so these ones, I'm going to snap up and put
on the top of my chana masala. – Chef lads, 15 minutes remaining. One Curveball still to play. – I completely forgot about that. – [Jamie] Nope. – I was hoping they'd
forgotten about that. With the potato filling cooled, fresh coriander goes through it. Check it for seasoning. That's good to go. (upbeat music) The final seasoning into my
chana masala is garam masala and ground coriander. – (alarm) What's that noise, Barry? – It's a nice noise. Not now. – It is, I can hear the
Curveball. It's going. James would you like
to step out over here? – Yeah, sure. – Moral dilemma here
because when I stepped out, James was really quite nice. I mean he didn't do anything
but neither did he sabotage. So knowing we were limited on time, I got ahead on my recipe
because being street food, much of it is already good to go so that I now have the capacity
to keep an eye properly on his dish because it smells amazing. Aubergines are going to go in. Paratha with a nice
golden color, I'll flip. Should still leave him time to plate. I wonder if his mango
chutney's frozen yet. So I'm going to get the aubergines in. – There's a tinge of disappointment there. No, not with the words.
Not with the words. – Are you ready? I'm going
to try and flip his paratha. – He's going to toss it. (laughs) – This could only go well. – [Barry] (clapping) Well done. – [Ben] Looks, James. – [Jamie] One minute remaining. There's some nail biting going on now. Twenty seconds left. – [Ben] So I saw him do one earlier and he put his thumb through it. Is that what I'm aiming for? (laugh) (yelling) – Right, you've just earned
yourself another minute. And you're walking back in
with three minutes to go. Two, one. – [Barry] Enter. – James, you've got three minutes left. How do you think Ben got on? – I think he did a good job. There are some things that
I wouldn't have done but. – Such as? – I'd have probably colored
this a little bit more but I've got another one. Aubergine, I'd have
probably added a bit later but who's to know and it's useful that it's in there already. – One minute remaining. (intense music) Thirty seconds remaining. – Five, four, three, two, one. – [Barry] And step away from the plates. – Let's get these in the sexys. (dramatic music) Congratulations, boys. – Congratulations to us. – That is some good looking food. – I noticed that you've made
your way onto the judging panel which doesn't usually happen. – I put the effort in on
the intro so I thought I deserve a pay off. – [Jamie] Ebbers, tell us what you've got. – Pani puri with chana masala. Simple street food that I love. Part of the experience
is getting involved. The chana masala, enjoy on it's own. Otherwise, just basically pop
a little bit of a hole in that fill it with your potato mixture. Typically this would
then be dipped in there but what we do instead is just pour, which is gorgeous and then down
in one before it gets soggy. – Coming through, cheers! – The water tastes different
from what I expected. It's almost citrus-y. – I'd have that over rice. – Yeah, that'd be good. – It's a lot more fruity than
I thought it was going to get. I mean it's communal, I like it. – [Mike] This chana masala's really rich. – And a lasting thought, not
deliberate but a celebration of street food that tastes delicious. And I wanted to avoid using
the V word up until now but it's vegan. – (talks with food in mouth) – [Barry] This is going to be a good day. – That's more like pastry than bread. Burnt aubergine's one, isn't it? – When you put burnt
in the title of a dish, you're not entirely sure
where it's going to go. When you taste that you go "I get it." Delicious burnt aubergine. – It's so smoky, I can't
believe you made that in such a short amount of time. I thought to get that sort of smokiness you have to cook it for
hours and hours on end. – That is a fascinating dish as well. That tastes fantastic when
it's all on one spoon. – Shall we? – Are you stepping outside? – Yeah, I was waiting for
you to go but it's not. It's us, isn't it? – Yeah, that's the way this works. – Should we? – We should. – Can I come? – I want to. (laughter) (intense music) ( laughter) – They might have moved off topic and are just working out what
they're doing this weekend or it's very close. – Okay, so what we loved about yours, Ben, was that it was a story. There was a story behind it and that there were lots of little components. We loved the communal feel of bringing it all together at the table. We thought the potato, in
particular, tasted fantastic. James', we felt the bread. We've never eaten
anything like that before. That was a new experience. The mango chutney was
a version of something that we're so familiar
with but was spectacular and like nothing else we'd had before. And the burnt aubergine
worked exceptionally well. So we basically had to
judge it on the entire dish. And so our winner is James. (clapping) Because we just felt like when
you brought it all together in one mouthful, you got
everything you could hope for. – They're both exceptional dishes that I would happily sit here and eat all of. – Yeah. – So you would. Hypothetically or are you
actually going to do that now? – I was just going to wait
until the cameras stopped but yeah. – Shock win for James there or was it? Do you agree? Do you
disagree? Comment down below. Let us know who you think should have won. – Now my favorite part of these videos is reading all your
comments and telling us where we possibly went wrong when creating traditional dishes. – Definitely went wrong, yeah. – Which is the theme
with this week's podcast, Feast Your Ears. How far is too far when
it comes to fusion food? – If you that and a brand new
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she always use to say, the best way to a man's
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job as a cardiac surgeon but she meant well. (laughter) – [Mike] As we mentioned, we don't just make top quality YouTube videos. We've built the Sorted Club,
where we use the best things we've learnt to create stuff
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we'll see you in a few days. (upbeat music) – [Jamie] He may not be on form today but boy can that man cut up a mango.

36 thoughts on “Chef Vs Chef Ultimate Curry Battle

  1. Listen to the latest episode of Feast Your Ears based on 'How far is too far with fusion food' here: https://sorted.club/s5e4/

  2. I feel my food horizons are expanding with Ben's recipes, over and over again it is something I didn't know exists or one can cook. Even I chicken about trying most of them I became more adventures in my day to day cooking. Thanks)

  3. Why does the F'ing coriander end up in every dish. That stuff is about as pleasant as a bee sting in the perineum.

  4. This episode really drove home the difference between the "normals" and the chefs. Bc the normals are still really quite skilled as is! The plating and combination of flavor profiles… Very impressive!

  5. Strange that the boys have never had paratha before. It's also interesting to see people use exact measurements with subcontinental food.

  6. my mom would kiiiiilll for a son in law that cook like these two…..sadly she's stuck with me ehehehe love you mom!

  7. Would it be too much to ask for an episode where you compare different cooking appliances and why they are the best or the worst? Like electric kitchens, gas kitchens, electric ovens, smoking, and those fancy molecular gastronomy appliances? I would love to know which type of kitchen you guys like the most.

  8. I’m usually a meat in every meal kind of guy but if you are going to eat purely vegetarian, Indians do make it some of the most flavour packed. I liked both meals, I think I would have them as side dishes to meat and rice curries.

  9. I’ve not used it before but apparently asafoetida REALLY stinks, like don’t store in your pantry, throw in bin to get rid of it stinks. It is also known as Devils Dung so that’s probably a good indication of its smell.

  10. Bitter eggplant, bitter is the one taste I really don’t like, I don’t even like the brown or dark coloured lettuces because they are bitter, green lettuce only for me.

  11. What they made isn't really curry. James' dish is actually a mash we eat with rice typically and what Ben made is 2 types of snacks.

  12. Ben always gets the butt of all the pranks, but he's always so fair and optimistic! This is why I love him so much 🙂
    He really is just the dad with the patience of a Saint.

  13. No Barry, you do not have that with rice ! That's not how it works 😂😂
    A sweet chutney is also usually put into the Puris…
    But the execution of the Puris, top notch ! Well done Benny Boy !
    James wanting to nail the parathas is so precious… Even Us Indians fail at those… Well done lads…
    @sortedfood

  14. Curry by Currie

    I really don't like how curveballs were set up in the curry episodes. This is supposed to be a cooking competition between people. How is having different people work on the same recipe, or not having someone cook for some time in this case, a competition between people?

  15. Great episode and almost felt it could have been a draw. My idea for an episode, since I am from Texas, is a chicken fried steak battle complete with cream gravy, mashed potatoes and fresh made dinner rolls. When I was stationed in England and away from home, this was the meal I missed the most. Anyway, great episode.

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