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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 […]

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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 […]

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: 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 […]

Multicultural gathering

Curry. What better way to bring people together.

In rural Spain it is not easy to pop out for what in the UK is the most common takeaway, curry.

So a few days before setting off to India I held a curry night at Casa Adora attracting nationalities from UK, France, Belgium and Spain. Oh and […]

Mauritian Goat Curry

Goat meat is not easy to source in rural Andalucía unlike Brixton or places in the Midlands, and notwithstanding the number of goat herds I have seen, it was still very surprising when I stumbled across it at Carrefour – I grabbed a leg, like you do. Cabrito, a word of Spanish origin, refers […]

Proper Mulligatawny Soup:It has been a long time

When I was a young man of 17, just starting out in my working life in the big city, I discovered The Taj Mahal in Streatham, south London.At this Indian restaurant, just off Streatham High Road, was an experience that 4½ decades later I would still hanker after. Mulligatawny  Soup – a bowl of […]

A BIG and healthy curry: Don’t eat it raw

Sometimes I crave the heat and taste of curry, cooked from scratch. This recipe of cubed shoulder of lamb and butternut squash contains just about everything in my spice cupboard. The spices need to be dry fried (don’t let them burn) in order to bring out the oils and aromas. I know that the […]