Pork with Chillies and Dill
This is an incredibly flavourful dish which also looks stunning, yet easy to make. You can cook the pork steaks with wine as I the recipe and refrigerate until need. A quick stir-fry with the remaining ingredients will give it a fresh taste and flavour.
Prawn Cake or ‘Apa de Camrao’ is a Portugues legacy, which is still enjoyed in Goa. A spicy prawn filling is sandwiched between thin layers of egg pancakes to achieve similar height to a cake. In Goa, they cover the entire cake with mayonnaise, to make it look like an iced cake.
Murgh Jalfrazie (Chicken with Stir-Fried Spices)
The popular Jalfrazie was created during the British Raj to use up cold cooked meat. This recipe comes from Kolkatta (previously Calcutta) where Jalfrazie was served frequently to the members of the East India Company. Here I have used raw meat rather than cooked.
Reshmi Kebab (Silky Chicken Kebab)
Ground breasts of chicken with a silky texture and an enticing flavour imparted by a cashew-cream mixture and garam masala. The flavour is subtle yet deliciously assertive, allowing you to appreciate the taste of the different spices used as well as the succulent taste of the meat. Moulded into sausage shapes, butter-basted, grilled or griddled. Broken cashew nut pieces make a more economical choice.
The Muslims in India excel themselves in cooking liver with spices. Here, cubed lamb’s liver is sautéed first in chilli-turmeric flavoured oil then simmered in a rich tomato and onion sauce. Undoubtedly a dish to die for! .
This bread has finely grated beetroot which makes it extra healthy. Beetroot is plentiful during the summer months.
In Indian homes an iron griddle, known as ‘tawa’ is used to cook flat breads as even distribution of heat is necessary. Make sure the frying pan or griddle you choose has a heavy base. You can buy a ‘tawa’ from an Indian store; they are quite inexpensive.
Exotic Fruit Salad
This fruit salad is served with whipped double cream, but it is also good with Greek yogurt or crème fraiche. Choose a colourful combination of fruit and you can give it an exotic touch by using ripe papaya, lychees, pineapple, pomegranate etc.
Tandoori Chicken with Spiced Roast Potatoes
If you want to spice up your Sunday roast, this recipe is your answer! It makes a heavenly alternative to the plain roast chicken. The roast potatoes, cooked in the marinated chicken juices, are simply gorgeous.
Saffron Infused Basmati Rice
Evocative saffron, together with the powerful aroma of a few whole spices, make the naturally fragrant basmati rice enticing and irresistible. It will certainly impress your dinner party guests or your family on a special occasion
Tandoori Bread (Tandoori Roti) is the basic bread baked in the Tandoor, the clay oven. Traditionally nothing other than plain water is used in the dough, but you must eat this bread straight away as cold tandoori chapatti (roti) loses its appeal quickly. In order to overcome this problem I have modified the recipe which keeps the bread moist, soft and delicious even when it is cold.