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…)