Home made lime pickle

It’s impossible to have the perfect curry experience without a good pickle or chutney. It’s a very personal thing, and every Indian grocer will want to foist their preference on you. One thing’s for certain – it needs to be spicy and salty to act as a seasoning for your curries, yoghurts, or breads. It […]

Masala Peanuts

Masala peanuts are a mainstay of barflys in India – it is maybe the only thing worth ordering in some seedy drinking establishments.  But really, with this and a Haywards 5000, maybe a few papadums, why would you bother with anything else.  In my mind this in the ultimate accompaniment to cold beer on a […]

Coconut Coriander Chutney

Travelling in south India, coconut coriander chutney was my favourite of the many chutneys that would usually be served alongside every main course. At home, it is pretty easy to whip up a good coconut coriander chutney on the spot in the food processor and add a nice freshness to seafood dishes especially.  Half a cup of grated […]

Chickpea Yoghurt Salad

This chickpea yoghurt salad is a great hearty salad for a hot day. You can have it with another salad or a snack (like we did with the rava prawns) for a quick summer meal. 1 tin chickpeas 1 tbsp coconut oil or vegetable oil Tsp black mustard seeds Tsp cumin seeds Tsp fennel seeds […]

Goat Vindaloo

This is a classic marinade usually reserved for pork. I have made it a little differently here, using goat and giving it a longer marinade to offset the toughness of the meat. Vindaloo is normally served very hot – and that’s the way I like it – but it’s not all about the heat. A […]

Pakistani Osso Bucco

Being made from cow, osso bucco isn’t going to be found in many Indian restaurants or recipe books.  I had a distant memory of a beef shin dish at a dodgy Pakistani restaurant many years ago. Recalling only a nutty sauce and a big boney sinewy piece of cow leg I thought “THIS SHOULD BE […]

Pani Puris at Home

(Pani being water and Puri being bread or snack) One of the highlights of travelling anywhere but especially in India is the street food.  Most people are a little concerned about the hygiene and dangers of getting sick from eating off the street.  Pani puri can be particularly problematic because as its names suggests it […]

Chicken Korma

This is my go-to curry. It’s designed to please the fussiest of guests, even those who aren’t really big fans of Indian food. I like it served with breads and a vegetable subzi. Here, we had it with a matar paneer (peas and cheese curry). Serves 2 4 chicken lovely legs 1 tsp ground turmeric […]

Biryani (Curry-in-a-Hurry)

This dish is quick and cheap. I often use left over roast lamb or chicken especially if the roast was indian style.  Otherwise pull  a chicken drumstick (or lovely leg) out of the freezer or even a piece of steak anything will do. As a bonus I think biryani is the perfect lunch hot or cold, no drippy sauces […]