I admit it, I’ve fallen for the wild garlic hype. Probably because like ingredients that are fleeting, it makes them seem a little bit more special or interesting. I’ve not yet bought my first punnet of strawberries or bunch of asparagus but I’m looking forward to this year’s first taste as I do each and every year. The same goes for wild garlic, and even more so as you have to go and hunt for it, well sometimes. (more…)
Dal, soupy fragrant lentils, and Bhartt, basmati rice, is probably what most Indian people will tell you is their absolute comfort food. The dal varies from region to region in India, thick or soupy, using different lentils or using sugar like Gujarati dal. Gujarati dal for rice is soupy and hot, sweet and sour all at the same time, a flavour combination you’ll find in a lot of Gujarati food. (more…)
Make your own cheese! Homemade paneer is surprisingly easy, and you only need two ingredients – whole milk and lemon juice. You just need to slowly boil milk, add the lemon and then strain when it separates into curds and whey. (more…)
Sour, sweet and deeply savoury Tamarind is a brilliant ingredient used widely in Indian cooking, it’s often used in chutneys, called amli, and used to fill pani puri or drizzled over the top of crunchy bhel puri. It also works really well to add something different to curry, and it goes really well with delicate, creamy fish. (more…)
Raita, or raitu as it’s normally called in Gujarati, is synonymous with Indian food, and made in lots of different ways in different regions of India. This recipe is the one I grew up eating, it’s really simple to make and can be whipped up just before serving, whilst the curry bubbles away on the hob. You can find black mustard seeds in most Indian grocers and some bigger supermarkets.