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India

Lightly spiced chicken curry with mint and baked beans

Firstly, this isn’t a student’s recipe.

I actually picked up some chicken drumsticks today but forgot to grab some rosemary that grows in abundance here but not in my pots it doesn’t. And as I had already walked to the village twice today it was far too hot in wander of rosemary. So whilst sipping an […]

By |July 28th, 2014|Andalucia|1 Comment|

Curry: One Pot Keralan Chicken with Vegetables

Apart from toasting the spices in a pan this really is a one pot meal.

Kerala is in the south of India where they would use coconut milk for this recipe – the proximity to Sri Lanka no doubt but at the time I didn’t have any so I simply substituted yoghurt – it to […]

By |July 21st, 2014|Andalucia|7 Comments|

Bangla Egg Curry: Dimer Kosha

In a previous life I had an office in the centre of Manchester at a splendid address: 59 Piccadilly, which overlooked Piccadilly Gardens. To be fair the rent I paid reflected that my view wasn’t of the gardens but of ‘Back Piccadilly’ – a rather squalid view. And if you are wondering why I […]

India: Goa, going, stay

After three weeks of Indian railway trains I was so pleased to be on our way to Goa albeit via another train, the Mumbai – Margao Express, an eleven hour train journey. By the way never trust the word ‘express’ in India. As usual the carriage was straight out of the 1800s and peering […]

Chat Amongst Yourselves: Chaat (chat) Masala

Chaat (sometimes spelt chat) Masala is a Pakistani and North Indian spice mix which is both sweet and sour in taste. There are, of course, more versions than I can shake a stick at but my version is below.

There are a couple of unusual ingredients, the first being Kala Namak (Indian black salt) and […]

Pickled as a Newt

The term pickle is derived from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine. Pickled as a newt is an English phrase for being pissed.

Pickling is the process of preserving food in brine or vinegar and this method has been used for thousands of years, particularly in India and other parts of Asia.

In Fiji, for example, […]

India: The Best Kebab is in Lucknow

For the train spotters: We travelled overnight from Delhi on the mail train to Lucknow. It was a laborious 9.5 hours. We shared a 4 berth compartment with very little privacy. And it was very noisy.

Lucknow is a city of 2.5 million and at times it seems as though the majority of the populous live […]

India: Chandni Chowk Spice Market

Visiting New Delhi is not complete without a trip to the 17th century market. It is one of India’s largest.

Kalu travels 40km (each-way) every day to Delhi by bus just so that he can cycle a rickshaw that he doesn’t even own. It is a very tough life and this day he peddled his […]

India: The Aromas

India smells, sometimes good, sometimes foul but most of the time there’s an underlying aroma that is made up of:

Smog
Tobacco
Cheap soap
Holy cow shit
Spices
Drains
Curry
Smoke
Incense
Inexpensive cologne
Urine

And I defy any woman I know to use the public conveniences.

 

India: A Rick Stein Moment

Bisht was our Sikh taxi driver, he took us to one of the many temples in Delhi and after a tour of the last temple and grounds he took us to a large kitchen where volunteers cook and provide food for the poor on a 24 hour basis. Whilst we watched bubbling cauldrons of […]

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