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Simple Scones

Simple Scones

This is a fabulous scone recipe that uses no sugar whatsoever, the gentle sweetness comes from the vanilla.

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Tomato and Spinach Pasta Bake

Tomato and Spinach Pasta Bake

If you fancy something warm and indulgent yet full of fresh flavours, this is a simple dish assembling fresh tomatoes and spinach leaves together in one dish.


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Baked Beans Balti

Baked Beans Balti

When my mother and father eloped to Britain in the late sixties, they both embraced British culture at a time when Britain was swinging. She came across Baked Beans and used to combine Indian spices to make a quick lunchtime snack for me and my brother when we were kids.


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Citrus Fruit Salad

Citrus Fruit Salad

This is a tangy yet creamy salad that makes the most of any apples and oranges which could be lying in the fruit bowl.


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Focaccia

Focaccia

This flat salty bread is produced all over Italy with a number of variations. It is usually eaten warm as a midmorning snack, and you’re lucky if you manage to find it in any bakery after midday.


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Cranachan

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Traditionally Cranachan (apparently pronounced Krana-can) is a Scottish dish that is generally made with local or seasonal ingredients. This indulgent dessert used to be eaten during the time of harvest.


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Chocolate Tea Cake with Fruit and Cinnamon

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This is a spicy cake treat to cheer up any gloomy day. What I like about this recipe is that you don’t have to do much mixing and the cake tastes delicious with the combination of cinnamon and chocolate.


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Chilled Chocolate Slice

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Good chocolate should generally contain at least 50 percent cocoa solids. This should be mentioned on the wrapper. The cocoa solids in chocolate include the cocoa butter along with other ingredients such as flavourings, lecithin, sugar, milk and vanilla.


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Cauliflower Cheese

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This is one of the recipes that my mum used to make when we were kids. I would come home from school and in order to encourage me to eat veg, she would come up with this tasty version including cumin and green chilli.


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Mushroom and Iceberg Lettuce salad

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During the summer months, you don't always have to have a bowl of cereal or an English breakfast every morning to kickstart the day. This recipe felt like an all round breakfast


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Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

This is a hearty dish which tastes wholesome and spicy. Make sure you soak the mince in hot water for ten minutes,


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Chocolate Cup Cakes with Cinnamon and Stout

Chocolate Cup Cakes with Cinnamon and Stout

I've been doing a bit of recipe testing lately and have come up with an interesting combination of British stout with a hint of cinnamon spice.


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Potato Wedges with Chilli Flakes

Potato Wedges with Chilli Flakes

Cooking for the guests at the British High Commission appeared to be a daunting task but it was comforting to know that everyone loved 'naughty' foods such as these potato wedges with a smattering of chilli.


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Desi Pasta

Desi Pasta

Manju's Spicy Pasta Sauce with penne (Desi Pasta)
While I was filming the forty part series for NDTV Goodtimes - all about making British and other European cuisines, I noticed that there were many types of pasta on sale in the shops indicating that cooking pasta has become a popular pastime.


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Smoked Salmon with Chilli and Tomato Scrambled Eggs - Anda Bhurji

Smoked Salmon with Chilli and Tomato Scrambled Eggs - Anda Bhurji

What better way to start the New Year than with an indulgent breakfast combining spicy and smoky flavours. Indians call scrambled eggs, anda bhurji and often add fresh green coriander leaves to their mixture.


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Houmous

Houmous

There are many versions of houmous available in stores, but nothing beats a homemade version of his gorgeous dip which can be freshly prepared and stored in an airtight container for 2 days in the fridge.


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Thai Fish Cakes

Thai Fish Cakes

This is a popular starter on a Thai restaurant menu. It's also simple to make using inexpensive white fish such as pollock or basa fillets.


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Szechuan-style Chow Mein Noodles

Szechuan-style Chow Mein Noodles

Chow Mein is a Chinese dish comprising of noodles either stir-fried or steamed. There are hundreds of varieties of this popular fast food dish.


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Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls

Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are the Chinese equivalent of samosas or even fish and chips so it’s a dish that’s not to be eaten everyday but on special occasions.


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Malaysian Prawn Laksa

Malaysian Prawn Laksa

This recipe is a spicy rice noodle based soup from Malaysia. The spice blends are made from scratch to give it that fresh flavour.


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Speedy Satay Sauce with Peanut Butter

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This makes a great dip with prawn crackers or can be used as a marinade for chicken. If you're planning to use it as a marinade, make sure that you do not use the leftover sauce mixture that was marinating the chicken to come into contact with any cooked foods.


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Tofu Thai Salad

Tofu Thai Salad

Would you believe that in some shops, tofu is sold as soya paneer.
This is to encourage many Asian consumers to try it out in place of the milk based Indian cheese product. Tofu has a lovely and soft texture not dissimilar to paneer and it's a great way of adding chunkiness to a salad such as this simple yet colourful idea.


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Potato Fritters - Aloo Pakora

Potato Fritters - Aloo Pakora

This is another way to eat a street food snack known as pakoras which are extremely moreish,


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Cumin and Coriander Potato Patties - Bread Cutlets

Cumin and Coriander Potato Patties - Bread Cutlets

This is a fab street food that can be easily made at home.


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Scrambled Eggs with Feta Cheese

Scrambled Eggs with Feta Cheese

If you need a boost of calcium in your diet, you can’t go wrong with this breakfast served with wholemeal toast.


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Tea time Potato snack Balls with Gram Flour

Tea time Potato snack Balls with Gram Flour

India is famous for finding an excuse to break for a tasty snack.

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Tarka Bread Snack

Tarka Bread Snack

A quick and to easy to prepare dish. Tasty and very nice for lunch or supper. This recipe can be made several hours before you plan to eat it, and is easy to heat up in the microwave.


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Spicy Festive Biscuits

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I love anything sweet at this time of year. Come to think of it, I love sweet things anytime of the year!


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Sprouted Mung Bean Salad - Moong Salad

Sprouted Mung Bean Salad - Moong Salad

Sprouted beans are easy to digest and are frequently used in dishes from the western and southern parts of India. They impart a crisp, nutty flavour to dishes like this one.


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Chilli Paneer - Mirch Waali Paneer

Chilli Paneer - Mirch Waali Paneer

Paneer is made from whole cow’s or buffalo’s milk curdled with lemon juice. It is pressed until its texture is firm and similar to tofu.
It’s an essential protein source in many vegetarian diets.


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Carrot Salad

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The Maharashtrian salad from Western India, can also be made with various other vegetables, such as radish or cabbage. More often than not,


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Aloo Bondas

Aloo Bondas

Aloo Bondas are a streetfood from Mumbai (Bombay), sold around beaches and in fast-food restaurants. However, my mother has always made them at home.


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Tomato, Onion and Chilli Salad with Radish

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Indian salads are refreshing complements to elaborate dishes that are loaded with spices and flavours. This sharp tangy recipe is remarkably simple and pairs well with meat or chicken.


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Banana chips

Banana chips

Kela Chip. Across the Cochin region in Southern India, roadside vendors deep-fry thousands of banana slices in large black vessels filled with coconut oil. You'll also find jackfruit, tapioca and yam chips. Often the bananas are cut into chunks, fried, dipped in jaggery or sugar syrup, then dried and sold as sweets.


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Tarka Bread Snack

Tarka Bread Snack

A quick and to easy to prepare dish. Tasty and very nice for lunch or supper. This recipe can be made several hours before you plan to eat it, and is easy to heat up in the microwave.


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Curried Eggs

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My mother used to make this when we couldn't be bothered to go shopping. It's one way of using ingredients in the store cupboard and makes a change from eggs and soldiers in the morning.


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Indian Omelette

Indian Omelette

At the crack of dawn in India's railway stations men and women armed with eggs and frying pans are to be found preparing these omelettes outside carriage windows.


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Semolina Biscuits - Nan Khatai

Semolina Biscuits - Nan Khatai

This is the definitive Indian biscuit. Countless recipes have all sorts of different ingredients but they all contain semolina and plain flour. Many decades ago, women would prepare their biscuit dough at home and take it to a communal oven or bakery for the baker to bake. The cooked biscuits would then be delivered back to them.


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Cheesy Nachos

Cheesy Nachos

My mother is quite particular when it comes to food, but she was delighed with this snack. The tortillas are smothered with melting chesse, tangy tomatoes, hot chillies and crunchy onion.


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Potato Cakes - Tikki Chaat

 Potato Cakes - Tikki Chaat

This is a northern Indian street snack but makes a great starter. There are all kinds of chaat recipes but this is served simply with a couple of chutneys.


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Chicken with Spinach - Palak Murgh

Chicken with Spinach - Palak Murgh

Palak Murgh or Chicken Saagwala is traditionally prepared by grinding spinach


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Chicken Jalfrezi - Murgh Jalfrezi

Chicken Jalfrezi - Murgh Jalfrezi

Jalfrezi is a dish in which meat or vegetables are fried in oil and spices to produce a thick dry sauce with peppers, onions and fresh green chillies added.


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Sali Murgh - Spicy Chicken Curry

Sali Murgh - Spicy Chicken Curry

Sali Murgh or Sali Margi is a curry based dish usually made for special occasions, such as weddings and festivals.


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White Chicken Korma

White Chicken Korma

If you head off into the dusty streets of old Delhi, you’ll come across countless formica table topped eateries serving Mughlai cuisine or dishes from an era when Muslim emperors ruled most of India.


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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Murgh Tikka Masala or Chicken Tikka Masala has now replaced Tandoori chicken as the most popular Indian dish in the world.


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Chicken Satay Bites

Chicken Satay Bites

I once went for a two-hour cooking lesson in a remote village in Bali. It was great fun, and as I was the only student,


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Football Vindaloo

Football Vindaloo

Here’s an extremely simple recipe for even the most novice of cooks to make. It needs very little preparation and just a bit of stirring – that’s all!
It's Manju's Football Vindaloo, the perfect side-dish.


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Kerala Chicken Curry

Kerala Chicken Curry

Curry leaves are extensively used in southern India, less so in the North. They were introduced to Malaysia by the many South Indians (mostly Tamil) immigrants during the British colonial era.


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10 minute chicken curry

10 minute chicken curry

Dish that takeaway! The first time I made this in ten minutes I did it to win a bet! However, I had all the ingredients and utensils laid out in front of me, which saved a lot of time -


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Chettinad Chicken

Chettinad Chicken

Chettinad is a town in Chennai, formerly known as Madras, where most of the curries are hot but deliciously flavoured with whole and ground spices.


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Whole Tandoori Chicken

Whole Tandoori Chicken

Whenever I see tandoori chicken sold anywhere in the world, it is a vibrant red colour. The only way to make it red is by adding food colouring which I tend not to use as often I have found that I can actually taste the chemicals.


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Karahi Chicken

Karahi Chicken

Karahi Chicken is yummy! Make your own karahi curry sauce or use Manju's delicious homemade recipe.


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Chilli Chicken

Chilli Chicken

East Indians have added a few Chinese touches to this traditional dish to create Chilli Chicken.


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Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani

The cuisine of Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, ranges from the Hyderabadi style, with its strong Islamic influence, to a pure Andhra hot and spicy style.


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Noodles with Chicken, Broccoli and Garlic

Noodles with Chicken, Broccoli and Garlic

Although Chinese food is popular throughout India, it is nowhere more evident than in the city of Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta).


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Chicken Korma

Chicken Korma

Korma just means a mild curry. Yet it is actually a very rich stew in which the meat, chicken or vegetables and nuts are braised in cream, yogurt or coconut milk.


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Chicken and Egg Wrap

Chicken and Egg Wrap

In Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) in East India, kathi rolls are a staple food. Kathi Rolls are pancakes or parathas are filled with vegetables, cooked chicken or meat. Watching a kathi roll being made is fascinating.


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Quick Chicken Curry

Quick Chicken Curry

This is another fast idea I’ve come up with to make use of five basic spices.


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