Recipes

Mango Crumble

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A delicious recipe for Mango Crumble


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Vanilla Lassi

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Lassi is the ‘milkshake of India’. Made with cold yogurt and tempered with either sweet or salty ingredients, it is drunk mainly in northern India during the hot summer months.


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Indian Coconut Treats

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Made with only two ingredients, this simple recipe is bursting with delicious sweetness. You can use shop-bought coconut powder.


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Apricot Nut Dessert -Malai Khumani

Apricot Nut Dessert -Malai Khumani

Malai Khumani is a popular recipe that was created in the princely southern state of Hyderabad in India. The sweet tooth of Hyderabadis is legendary.


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Mango Lassi

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This variation on the basic lassi recipe is made using a fruit that is synonymous with India. I’ve used ready-made mango pulp for extra sweetness, but a fresh pulped large or medium mango can be substituted.


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Bread and Butter Pudding

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The traditional British Bread and Butter Pudding is without a doubt a firm favourite, but I've added an Indian twist and come up with an impressive dessert for a dinner party.


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Exotic Indian Fruit Salad

Exotic Indian Fruit Salad

Mango, the national fruit of India, is also known traditionally as the food of the gods. Its leaves are used as floral decorations during Hindu marriages and religious ceremonies.


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Crème Fraiche with Saffron – Kesari Srikhand

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Get set for Valentine’s Day with this indulgent creamy recipe.
This sweet dessert comes from Maharashtra, the state whose capital is Mumbai.
Srikhand is so popular that it is also commercially available and served in tubs like ice cream.


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Indian Rice Pudding - Kheer

Indian Rice Pudding - Kheer

Rice plays an integral role in Indian culture and lifestyle, and at many Hindu festivals it is served to eat and used in colourful rituals. On New Year’s day, sweet rice pudding is served to mark a new beginning.


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Spicy Tea

Spicy Tea

If you’re recovering from illness or feeling a bit run down, this tea is delicious and comforting.


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Ginger Zinger

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For centuries, ginger has been prized as much for its medicinal properties as for its culinary value. This is a thirst-quenching drink that packs a punch with the use of fresh root ginger and lime.


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Chilli Hot Chocolate

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Indians love to spice things up and that includes anything sweet. I discovered this drink on the coast of Mumbai, where there were plenty of eateries serving spicy milkshakes and chilli-flavoured ice cream,


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Strawberry Fruit Salad

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This is a delicious and spicy way of eating fruit. The black pepper actually works well with the sweetness of the honey and if you want a dollop of indulgence, spoon over some double cream.


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Desi Style Pancakes

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This is a twist on a definitive pancake recipe by one of my favourite chefs Delia Smith. I’ve added scrummy vanilla and a hint of cardamom for that spicy kick.


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Caraway Seeds

Caraway Seed has a warm, pungent, slightly bitter flavour with aniseed overtones. Caraway is popular in central European and Jewish cooking and compliments cabbage, potatoes, onion, carrots, coleslaw, sauerkraut, pork, goulash, dumplings, cheese, pickles, cakes, biscuits and rye bread. Dutch caraway seeds are regarded as the best.
Spice up cabbage by adding a sprinkling of lightly roasted caraway seeds on top or stir into soups.

Sichuan Pepper

Sichuan peppercorns do not belong to the same family as Western black and white peppercorns. It’s a major condiment in Chinese cooking with a spicy woody aroma and a numbing taste.
The berries should be gently roasted to release their aromatic oils before crushing with a mortar and pestle or an electric coffee grinder. If a fine powder is desired, sieve to remove the husks and stalks. Used in making Chinese Five spice powder and cooked with chicken or duck used to make noodle dishes and soups mildly hot and fragrant.

Allspice

Allspice is the dried, unripe berry of a tree indigenous to the Caribbean and Central America. As its name implies it tastes of a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Dried allspice berries resemble large brown peppercorns. Allspice complements beef, pork, chicken, fish, stewed fruit, cakes and biscuits. Tastes great sprinkled on gammon and pork steaks, just mix with orange juice, a little honey or brown sugar and a drop of vegetable oil and liberally brush on before grilling.
Sprinkle into beef or lamb casseroles for an extra warming flavour.
Stir into fruit salad or stewed fruit for extra flavour. It can be used in the preparation of apple pie spice.

Juniper Berries

Juniper berries have a bitter sweet, pine flavour with a peppery aftertaste. The berries are famously used as a flavouring agent in gin and luncheon meats. Northern France, Germany and Scandanavia use juniper berries in everyday cooking. Sauerkraut is traditionally flavoured with Juniper. You can lightly crush the berries and add to enrich beef, pork stews and casseroles.

Manju's Curry Powder (Kari Podi)

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Curry powder which is sold commercially personifies an attempt by British manufacturers to provide in
ready-made form of a spice mixture corresponding to those used in South India which incorporates curry leaves.


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Manju’s Medium Curry Paste

Manju’s Medium Curry Paste

Curry pastes are a mixture of spices blended together to form a fairly smooth mixture. Generally the pastes are used in Thai and Indian cooking.


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Homemade Karahi Curry Sauce

 Homemade Karahi Curry Sauce

Time and time again, I am often asked whether there is a difference between a curry sauce and a curry paste and the short answer is yes.


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Punjabi Garam Masala

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Many variations of garam masala are available depending on the region and personal taste. This recipe has a more pungent and smoky flavour.


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Garam Masala - Hot Spice Mixture

Garam Masala - Hot Spice Mixture

Garam means hot and masala means blend or mixture. This is a northern spice mixture which is used predominantly in Moghul and tandoori cuisine.


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Manju's Garam Masala

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Garam Masala means quite literally a mixture of hot spices. It's a mixture made from warm spices such as cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.


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Dhansak Masala

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There are several spice blends that are commercially available including Dhansak Masala.


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Maharashtrian Masala

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Masala means a blend of spices. This recipe is from my mother who comes from the western state of Maharashtra in India where Mumbai is its capital.


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Chicken Reshmi Kebabs

Chicken Reshmi Kebabs

Dried fenugreek leaves are easily available in Asian grocery stores and online spice shops.


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Unleavened Fenugreek Flatbreads - Theplas

Unleavened Fenugreek Flatbreads - Theplas

Theplas are Gujarati baked flatbreads, and are similar to chapatis. The dough is made with wheat flour, often mixed with gram flour or besan, and fresh fenugreek leaves.


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Malai Murgh Tikka - Creamy Chicken Tikka

Malai Murgh Tikka - Creamy Chicken Tikka

This is one way of eating a light chicken dish packed with the indulgence of cheese and cream.


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Bombay Potatoes

Bombay Potatoes

Bombay in western India is now called Mumbai but this Indian restaurant perennial served predominantly in the UK can be made quite easily at home in place of jackets or chips.


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Cardamom-flavoured Lamb Patties – Galouti Kebabs

Cardamom-flavoured Lamb Patties – Galouti Kebabs

Awadhi is considered India’s most subtle cuisine and is typical of Uttar Pradesh. There are hundreds of varieties of kebabs also spelt kabab, such as kakori kebabs, galawat kebabs, shami kebabs, and seekh kebabs. ‘Galouti’ means ‘melt in the mouth’.


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Aloo Parathas - Potato stuffed unleavened Breads

Aloo Parathas - Potato stuffed unleavened Breads

Breakfast in the north of India wouldn’t be complete without a couple of aloo parathas to start the day.


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Spiced Bengal Gram (Cholar Dal)

Spiced Bengal Gram (Cholar Dal)

Bengal gram is also known as chana dal or gram lentils. It is the most widely grown lentil in India. Matt yellow, with a rich nutty taste, gram lentils are used for making desserts, as well as being cooked with vegetables, or with meat to make dal gosht.


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Thin Lentil Soup

Thin Lentil Soup

South Indian food is largely non-greasy, roasted and steamed. Rice is the staple grain and forms the basis of every meal. It is often served with


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Potato and Coriander Fritters - Aloo Bhajis

Potato and Coriander Fritters - Aloo Bhajis

The subtle heat of the green chillies, the nuttiness of the gram flour and the cool, refreshing taste of coriander makes these fritters a delightful opening to a meal.


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Vegetarian Kebabs

Vegetarian Kebabs

Vegetarian Kebabs or Hara Bhara Kebabs. Kebabs are usually made with meat, fish or chicken. These have evolved from the Mogul-style kebabs and been adapted for the vegetarian market. 'Hara Bhara' means 'laden with greens or vegetables'


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Salmon with Chilli and Garlic

Salmon with Chilli and Garlic

This is a simple dish which only requires the chopping of the garlic and the coriander leaves. It might be a nice way to introducing oneself to a couple of culinary techniques which are marinating - the method of soaking food in a seasoned liquid mixture before cooking and chopping or crushing garlic.

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Maharashtrian Fish Curry - Kaalvan

Maharashtrian Fish Curry - Kaalvan

Maharashtrian Fish Curry - Kaalvan
This is a fish dish from my mum's mum who loved cooking for friends and family. Her generosity knew no bounds and she would help or even feed a stranger on a street. The spice blend can be replaced with 1/2 tsp of garam masala and a 1/4 tsp of chilli powder.


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Spiced White fish cooked in Coconut - Meen Molee

Spiced White fish cooked in Coconut - Meen Molee

Traditionally, made with seer fish in Kerala, in southern India, this is a versatile
recipe that can be made with any white fish. The combination of the coconut and tamarind gives this dish a distinctive sweet-and-sour flavour.


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Chilli Chicken Crumble

Chilli Chicken Crumble

Generally a crumble is a British oven-baked sweet pudding that’s made with stewed fruit such as apples or peaches and then with a crumble-like mixture consisting of flour, butter and sugar.


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Gobhi Pakoras

Gobhi Pakoras

North Indian appetisers or snacks, pakoras are batter-fried vegetables or fish. The batter is usually made of chickpea flour known as besan that's mixed with water and a few select spices such as coriander and chilli.


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Tapioca and Potato Patties

 Tapioca and Potato Patties

Tapioca is an important product of the American plant cassava, but the main producers are now in Asia and Africa.


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Potato Fritters - Aloo Pakoras

Potato Fritters - Aloo Pakoras

North Indian appetizers or snacks, Pakoras are batter fried vegetables or fish. The batter is usually made of gram flour or besan mixed with water and a few select spices such as coriander and chilli.


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Minced Turkey with Cumin, Ginger and Peas

Minced Turkey with Cumin, Ginger and Peas


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Mooli chi Koshimbir – Maharashtrian style Radish Salad

Mooli chi Koshimbir – Maharashtrian style Radish Salad

Koshimbir in Marathi means salad. This is a quick salad with a simple dressing of lemon juice and salt which is very common.


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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Why use plum tomatoes instead of regular tomatoes? The skins are much thicker and there are fewer seeds and less juice.


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Baked Chips

Baked Chips

I try to deep fry foods as little as possible so when I have a craving for chips, I opt for these which can also be made with sweet potatoes.


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Green Peppers with Potato - Aloo aur Shimla Mirch

Green Peppers with Potato - Aloo aur Shimla Mirch

A touch of turmeric, cumin and coriander adds a warm golden glow to a quick and colourful dish. This can be prepared in a matter of minutes.


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Low Fat Chicken Curry

Low Fat Chicken Curry

This is a fabulously flavoured tangy curry which is packed with spice. It is worth investing in a food processor or a blender.


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Spicy Summer Chilli Spaghetti

Spicy Summer Chilli Spaghetti

A great and hearty dish that's packed with the flavours of an Italian summer.


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Chajá - Peaches and Cream Meringue dessert from Uruguay

Chajá - Peaches and Cream Meringue dessert from Uruguay

Will it be 1950 all over again for Uruguay, the year when they last lifted the Jules Rimet?


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Pancho Hot Dogs from Uruguay

Pancho Hot Dogs from Uruguay

Fundamentally, these are simple hot dogs but the difference is that the dogs are larger than the buns.


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Capucino Ice Cream from Costa Rica

Capucino Ice Cream from Costa Rica

This sweet ice cream cornet dessert is like a choc ice style magnum ice cream but on a cone.


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Gallo Pinto - Spiced Rice and Beans with Red Peppers

Gallo Pinto - Spiced Rice and Beans with Red Peppers

The official World Cup Costa Rican chant is My Passion Is Football, My Strength Is My People, My Pride Is Costa Rica.


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Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

This is a quick way to transform something out of leftovers into something special and delicious.


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Garlic Mushrooms

Garlic Mushrooms

You can serve this as a first course or as a side vegetable with pork chops or lamb cutlets. The nice addition is the parsley to give it that extra flavour.


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Cinnamon and Vanilla Raisin Swirls

Cinnamon and Vanilla Raisin Swirls

This is a quick pastry recipe that uses cinnamon to great effect especially for the festive season and looks great on a party platter table.


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Christmas Bread Pudding

Christmas Bread Pudding

This is a twist on a British classic with all the flavours of a festive dessert such as sultanas and currants.


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Whole Oat Cookies

Whole Oat Cookies

This is a biscuit which is quite chewy yet crumbly with hardly any sugar.


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Indian Plum Cake

Indian Plum Cake

Although the name would suggest, bizarrely, this recipe does not contain any plums. However, in Kerala in southern India during November and December, shops are teeming with plum cakes for people to take home as one would in the UK with Christmas Cakes.


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