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 […]

Eggplant and Tomato Salad

Our eggplants and tomatoes survived and thrived through the heatwave conditions in February and March and after a bumper crop we’ve now reached the end of the season. I went for a variety of heirloom tomatoes this year and it paid off. The big meaty oxhearts are mild and great for eating raw in a salad […]

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 […]

Burnt Eggplant on the Barbecue

Eggplants are my favourite vegetable. What’s better than an eggplant? They’re great in Italian, Indian and Middle Eastern food. You can slice them and throw them on the barbecue to accompany grilled meat, you can fry them up or you can throw them in a stew – and they’re hearty enough to make a meal […]

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 […]

Root Vegetable Crumble

This recipe has been with me since I was a poor student when for one week all I ate was roasted veg, following a visit to a fruit and veg shop on Sunday afternoon as they approached closing time. I took home a large bag of greening potatoes and a large whole pumpkin. I experimented […]

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 […]