Chickpeas are homely food to me – a simple chana masala after a long day, or all manner of pakoras, bhajias and celebratory snacks are how I love to eat chickpeas. I’m pretty sorted on for Indian ways with chickpeas, but recipes from further west seem to allude me. (more…)
I’d like to think we are now reaching the end of soup season, as the temperatures start to move into the teens, but in all likelihood we’ve still got another 6 weeks or so of soup eating to go. (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…)
Pudla (sometimes called Poodla or Pooda) are one of my favourite snacks, they’re traditionally eaten at breakfast time with a cup of masala chai, as kids we had them as a snack on the weekend or for a light evening meal. Poodla are spiced pancakes made with a mixture of wheat flour and chickpea flour (also known as gram flour or besan flour) with green chillis, garlic and ginger added. Serve them with natural yoghurt and your favourite Indian pickle. (more…)