Sunday, 29 March 2015

Cardamom and Rose Water Cookies

these cookies give a subtle hint of rosewater and cardamom, with a buttery rich texture. they're also quite easy and to make for a quick treat. if you don't like rosewater, or, as an alternative cardamom and orange would be a great combination - just replace the tablespoon of rose water with orange water or even fresh orange juice and zest. 

these cookies can also make great gifts if you have some nice tissue paper / gift box to put them in, and you could always add icing on top

Saturday, 31 January 2015

chicken tikka burger

chicken tikka is traditionally cooked in a clay oven, but in lacking one, if it’s summer, a barbecue would be great but if it’s a cold and rainy day, the grill is fine. i prefer a griddle plan which gives nice ridges to the chicken. quite often when you see chicken tikka, it can be quite a bright shade of red. this is largely down to using food colouring in the marinade, which you’re welcome to do, but to avoid unnecessary E numbers and a healthier recipe, I have left it out with the chilli powder, turmeric and paprika leaving a more natural colouring. several recipes will also suggest just using a curry paste and yoghurt for the marinate but if you have the basic spices, it’s really easy to make this from scratch and it’ll taste better too!

you can use the marinade recipe for different combinations such as lamb burgers, though I have a slightly different lamb burger recipe on this blog if you’d like to try that instead

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

stuffed aubergines

simple but full of flavour, this works as a great starter or as a main served with rice. i've used chick peas as the main filling but you can stuff it with whatever you fancy - sweet potato, rice, or, for a non-veg version, lamb keema goes well (recipe further down)

ingredients (serves 4 as a starter)
2 medium / large aubergines, washed
olive or rapeseed oil
1 small onion (red or white), chopped
salt to taste
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 fresh green chillies, chopped (or you could use a tsp of chilli powder)
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 can of chick peas, water drained
few spoons of yoghurt (option) 
chopped coriander to garnish (optional)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Spicy Salmon

a change from a usual fish curry but still packs a punch with some coconut to make the salmon even more indulgent.the curry leaves can be tricky to find but you can usually get fresh ones in most large indian shops and in larger supermarkets. if you can't fresh ones, dried curry leaves are easier to get a hold of, but bear in mind substituting with bay leaves will give you a different flavour. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Diwali recipe - chocolate chai brownies

wishing everyone a happy diwali, with a recipe, of course!

this has taken me a few tries to perfect and the result is around 15 small, very moist brownies, like nothing I’ve ever tasted  - unsurprising when your brownies have allspice, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, black pepper and more! but trust me, they taste good with a lovely balance between sweet and spicy for a diwali celebration and even taking you to Christmas. the good thing about these is that you can adjust quite easily to taste – if you prefer a dry, more cakey brownie, leave them in the over for around 5 more minutes. with the chai mix  


120g unsalted butter
100g of good quality dark chocolate (at least 70%)
50g of pistachios, chopped (optional, or use another nut if you prefer)
35g plain flour, sifted
45g of good quality cocoa powder, sifted
170g of caster sugar
Half tsp of baking powder
2 large eggs

for the chai mix (but adjust to taste!):
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp all spice
seeds of 4 cardamom pods, ground
2 cloves, ground

preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper [if like me you have a strong fan oven, perhaps go for around 160 degrees)
melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl (I just did this in the microwave, checking and stirring often so it didn’t burn)
stir in the nuts
in a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, sugar and chai mix
add this to the chocolate mix in intervals, folding the mixture
beat the eggs one by one until you have glossy mixture
pour the mixture into the baking tray and place in the oven for around 15 minutes for a moist brownie, but check with a knife to make sure they are baked through (the knife should still come out quite clean when you pierce into the brownies)

set aside to cool and cut into slices