November 2018

Indian Chilli Chicken

If there is one thing I have at the top of my list for every trip to India it’s got be Chilli Chicken. Succulent chicken coated in a thick batter and fried until crisp are added to a garlicky chilli luscious gravy. Served up with some noodles or fried rice; its the sort of food we need in the winters to warm up a cold evening. Of course Indian Chinese isn’t quite the authentic Chinese food that you would probably be vying for but then what can you expect from gravies, noodles and snacks that are utterly garlickyfied or chillified (I realise I just made up those words!). Then again it’s delicious and for me that’s what matters as does for Indians that are crazy about this cuisine. Most friends I know have a favourite street stall to visit for their Indian Chinese fix. From hakka noodles, fried rice, chicken chow mein and chop suey. And the list goes on. As much as a street food fave, chilli chicken is also served across restaurants in India. You’ll find all of the above that I have mentioned in most places and for a late night snack there could be no better meal. Flavours in Indian Chinese food are bold and yet have a balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Simmer, stir fried and deep fried it’s all going on. Its the food I grew up eating in India and truth be told I knew nothing else of Chinese cooking. Much to my disappointment I [...]

Egg Curry

All too often a boiled egg or plain scrambled egg just doesn’t quite cut it. My all time favourite breakfast on a weekend is Anda Bhurji spiced scrambled eggs piled on buttered toast. So satisfying. Most Indian regions have their unique way of cooking eggs with spices and the state of Andhra Pradesh is no different. This is a personal favourite and I think the combination of the heat from the chilli and sour tamarind make it quite moreish. Coconut milk is used sparingly to add the creaminess to the dish; the bland boiled eggs soak in all the flavours of the spices in the gravy. You can leave the eggs whole if you prefer though I like to halve them. Added to the dish last minute letting them steep in the warm curry. Serve with rice, flat bread or dosas as I did. Soft dosas soak in all the flavour and help mop up the egg curry. Simply gorgeous! Ingredients (Serves 4) 3 eggs boiled, peeled and halved 2 vegetable oil 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 medium onion finely chopped (or 5-7 small shallots thinly sliced) 1 small cinnamon stick halved 2 green chillies slit lengthwise 2 tomatoes roughly chopped 1” piece ginger thinly sliced ½ tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (or mild chilli powder) 1 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp tamarind concentrate 100mls water 50mls coconut milk 8-10 curry leaves Salt to taste Method Heat the oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan. Add the mustard seeds letting them splutter for a few seconds. Add the onions and fry for 5-7 minutes on [...]

Prawn curry

Goan Ambotik is a classic recipe hailing from the west of India. Cooked traditionally with fish the key to this recipe is the use of fresh coconut rather than coconut milk. I’ve used prawn in my recipe as the sweetness of the prawns is perfect with the hot and sour flavours of the gravy. ‘Ambat’ in the local language means tangy and ‘tik’ or ‘tikhat’ as in Maharashtra/ Goa means spicy or hot. The heat of the curry comes from the dried chillies. I’ve opted for Kashmiri chillies which lend a lovely flavour and colour to the gravy. If you like it spicy use 10 or reduce the quantity if you prefer it milder. The paste also include vinegar and goan vinegar is perfect for it which lends the sour element. Finish the curry with tamarind paste although as always make sure to taste you curry before you add the tamarind and add only as much as you require. My tamarind paste is fairly diluted so 1 teaspoon is perfect! Served with plain rice this is what a Friday night at home needs! Ingredients (Serves 4) 10-12 king prawns deveined and shells off with tails left on ½ tsp turmeric powder Pinch of salt 3 tbsp vegetable oil 100gms white onion finely chopped 70gms tomato 400 mls water Pinch of sugar Salt to taste 1 tsp tamarind paste Coriander to garnish for the paste; 1 heaped tsp cumin seeds 1 tbsp coriander seeds 4 cloves 8-10 dried mild chillies (or Kashmiri dried chillies) 150gms grated coconut 6 garlic cloves ½” ginger roughly chopped 60mls goan vinegar (or malt vinegar) 150 mls water Method Add [...]

Spicy Lamb Curry

A steaming bowlful of tariwala gosht with tandoori roti served on a rickety table at a no frills dhabba (roadside home cooked stalls) near Ambala. It’s the food that brings us here on every visit. The tandoori dishes and dal fry are amazing but the gosht is definitely one to try as well. There really isn’t much much gosht/ mutton in the dish (well it is a no frills dhabba!) but to be honest it’s the gravy that I have always craved. I would happily devour a bowl of curry with roti than eat the meat unless its working my way through the Nalli/ marrow filled pieces. This thin soupy curry is spiced with ginger, chilli and tomato and served with some onions and lemon on the side. I ask for extra ‘tari’/ gravy which is perfect to dip the leftover roti in. Its perfect comfort food and made with basic ingredients that have some amazing flavours. Tariwala gosht is very much part of everyday Indian home cooking too and a basic curry that most households make. This can be made with chicken or mutton. My mum made a similar curry on Sundays with mutton. Despite such humble ingredients the warmth and balance of spices in the dish was something I always loved. While the mutton was simmering away, the aromas were so enticing and I couldn’t wait to tuck in with some rotis. If there was any left we would eat it the following day just with some crusty [...]

September 2018

Mutton Curry

Ingredients: 500 gram Mutton (lamb) 4 tblspn Oil 2 large onion sliced thinly 2 large tomatoes sliced thinly 1 tblspn ginger garlic paste 3 slit green chillies 2 tblpsn Kashmiri chilli powder 2 tblspn coriander powder 2 tsp Garam masala powder salt to taste to taste 3/4 cup Fresh Coconut grated Water as needed Coriander Leaves a handful finely chopped Instructions: Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add in onions and cook till golden. Once the onion is nice and browned, add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min or so. Add in tomatoes and green chillies. Cook this till tomatoes cook down and turn mushy. Add in all the spice powders and salt. Mix well with the masala. The masala should be thick and all most like a paste. Now add in mutton and toss well with the masala. Keep tossing till the masala coats the mutton pieces and the mutton gets little dark brown in colour. Now add in very little water, say around a cup. Cover and pressure cook for 4 whistle, simmer the pan for 15 mins. Turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. When the mutton is cooking, dry roast the coconut in a dry pan till it is golden brown. Remove it to a blender and make it into a fine puree. Once the mutton is cooked, add the coconut paste in it and simmer for another 10 to 15 mins till oil separates on top. Add in coriander leaves and turn off the heat. Serve with rice or anything you like.


INGREDIENTS: 1kg chicken, 4tbs chicken masala 2 onions, chopped or pureed Green chilly 3no 2 tsp. ginger paste 2 tsp. garlic paste 1 tomato Chopped salt to taste Cilantro/coriander leaves 1 tbsp. oil METHOD OF PREPARATION: Heat oil in a saucepan and fry the onions, ginger and garlic, together and cilantro/coriander leaves for five minutes on low heat. Add tomato,4tbs  chicken Masala , chicken, and salt and mix for few minutes then add half cup of lukewarm water and cook on a medium low heat for half an hour, keeping the saucepan covered with a lid.

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