Any good Indian will celebrate Diwali, or any occasion with really a lot of food, and little ladoos and mithai are often the best part of it. They’re wonderful to share and feel particularly special as they’re not something you (should) have very often. One of my favourite Indian sweets to make is coconut ladoo, they’re ridiculously simple and everyone loves them. You can even dip them in chocolate if you wish!
Writing about food seems entirely trivial after this strange and maddening weekend of limbo, but despite how scary and unknown things are, life carries on. We get up in the morning and go about our days as normal, hoping future days won’t be too different or much worse. Cooking has been a good distraction this weekend, to avoid the car crash that is the press and social media. I want to stay informed, but you need to switch off for your sanity eventually, and the kitchen is an excellent sanctuary.
This is a simple recipe that delivers flavour in spades, and is a perfect weeknight meal with the addition of rice, naan or pita and green vegetables. (more…)
Thali Cafe is the kind of place I want to be my local. My Indian restaurant for any occasion – a quick masala chai before work, a spicy lunch to jumpstart your afternoon or a fine evening out with great company.
Until they come to Cambridge (they’re based in Bristol) we’ll just have to keep finding excuses to visit the South West, which is no bad thing! We were on our way to Bath last week so decided to stop for lunch at the Clifton cafe. Our visit was especially timely as one of my favourite Indian food writers Meera Sodha has recently collaborated with Thali Cafe on some mouthwatering summer specials. (more…)
I can’t leave a recipe alone. It is rare that I will follow a recipe to the letter, I suppose I am stubborn and believe I know better. If a chocolate cake recipe stipulates caster sugar then I know dark muscovado will give it a better taste. I am right though, aren’t I? With savoury food I will nearly always change the spices and herbs based upon what I think is better, or what is in the cupboard. Like I said, I’m stubborn.
This is not usually the case for childhood recipes. You’ll find me hard pressed to change how my Mum makes chicken curry and it is out of the question to add something different to the classic rotli which it is eaten with (whole spices? add garlic? not a chance).
The other night I did fancy messing with my usual recipe for tuwar daal though, I had a big squash and a craving for a coconut-based daal, so I decided it wouldn’t be so bad to break with tradition. Just don’t tell my Mum, OK? (more…)
What do you call them? In Gujarati they are called rotli, and in other parts of India roti, and also chapati – which is often used outside of India. They are a soft, unleavened, flat bread made from a mixture of brown and white wheat flour, used to scoop up your curry. (more…)