So popular is Chicken Tikka that you can now find it in everything from sandwiches to pastas and wraps to pizzas. But still nothing beats a beautifully cooked chicken, served with crunchy salads and your favourite chutneys and pickles.
What you need… • 400g chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks • juice of 1 lemon • 0.5 recipe of Tikka Marinade
How to make it… 1. Squeeze the lemon over the chicken, rub it in well and leave for 15 minutes. This will degrease the chicken and also helps the chicken absorb the marinade. 2. Shake off the excess lemon and coat the pieces in the Tikka Marinade. Leave for at least 15 minutes but preferably 24–48 hours. 3. Preheat your oven to 170 C. Place the pieces on a baking tray, ensuring all the pieces are kept well apart and cook for 15 minutes, turning once. Check one of the largest pieces to ensure it’s cooked. If not return to the oven. 4. Serve with salads, chutneys and pickles.
Makes enough for a side dish for 2 people to share
• 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
• 2-3 small red dried chillies
• 10 lady’s fingers (okra)
• 1 red onion
• 2 tbsp oil
• 1 tsp salt
Method 1. Mix the coconut and chillies and mix together with a small bit of water. This is best done with a pestle. Do not blend as you want a rough mixture. Set aside. 2. Wash okra well and slice into small chunks. 3. Finely chop onion. 4. Heat oil in a non-stick pan until medium hot and add onion. Fry until they start to brown. 5. Add the okra and stir through. Cook until the okra softens. 6. Add salt and some water if the dish is sticking. Cook for a further 2 minutes. 7. Add coconut and chilli mix. Mix well and heat through.
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This is a simple street snack you’ll find all over the sub-continent. For that delicious roasted taste the vendors finish cooking the corn in the coals, leaving on the leaves so the corn is protected. You can try the same on the barbecue at home or try to replicate under the grill. On the street it’s eaten with your hands, of course.
For 2 people
4 corn on its cob (with leaves on if you can get them) A lemon cut into halves or quarters A large spoonful of mixed tandoori spice (or any mixed spice you choose) A small spoonful of salt, preferably sea sea salt with large grains
1. Cook cobs over barbeque until corn is soft (finish off for a few seconds in the coals if you have leaves to protect the corn). Use the grill if it’s cold and raining.
2. Mix the spice and salt together and add to a plate with the lemon pieces.
3. Once corn is ready rub the lemon into the spice and salt mix and then rub generously over the corn.
4. Eat immediately.
What you need
• 1 medium-sized cucumber, skinned and chopped into cubes • 1 green pepper chopped into cubes • 1 onion chopped • 6 small plum tomatoes halved • 1/2 tsp rock salt • 1/4 lemon • 3 tbls vegetable oil • 15 medium-sized prawns
• pinch of ground turmeric • pinch of chilli powder • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds • 1/2 tsp chopped garlic • small bunch fresh coriander roughly chopped
How to make it 1. Mix all salad ingredients with salt then squeeze lemon over the top. Set aside. 2. Heat 2 tbls of vegetable oil to medium heat. Add turmeric and chilli powder for 30 seconds, making sure it is fully absorbed into the oil. 3. Add prawns and fry until they turn pink (about 4 minutes). Remove prawns with a slotted spoon and add to the top of the salad. 4. Add the other tbls of vegetable oil and bring to a high heat (almost smoking). 5. Cook the seeds and garlic until the seeds pop (this will only take a few seconds). 6. Pour the oil mixture over the prawns. You can keep back the seeds if you prefer as it’s the taste from the oil you want. Top with coriander leaves. 7. Serve with a chilli jam as a dipping sauce.
Sindhi Biryani Serves 5 Cooking time 40–45 minutes
What you need • Chicken ½ kg
• Rice 300 gm
• Plum 100 gm
• Whole mix spice as required
• Big green chillies 5–6
• Mint leaves ¼ bunch
• Coriander leaves ¼ bunch
• Potatoes 3–4
• Yellow colour as required
• Tomatoes 4
• Lemon sliced 2
• Onion 2
• Turmeric 1 tbsp
• Chilli powder 1 tbsp
• Rose water 3 tbsp
• Ghee 1 cup
• Ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
• Yogurt 250 gm
• Nutmeg powder ½ tsp
• Salt to taste
How you cook it
1. Peel potatoes, cut into cubes and boil with a little yellow colour and water as required. 2. Now remove the slightly boiled potatoes and shallow fry with a little oil. Then remove potatoes and keep aside. 3. In a pan heat ½ cup ghee, add 2 chopped onion and fry till golden brown. Then add 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste and ½ kg chicken. 4. Fry well on high flame till chicken is a little tender. 5. Simmer the flame, add 1 tbsp chilli powder, 1 tbsp turmeric, salt to taste and whole spices as required. Cook for 2–3 minutes. 6. Now add 250 gm yogurt and mix well. 7. Also add fried potatoes, cover and simmer on low flame for 10 – 15 minutes. 8. Now add 4 tomatoes cut into halves, 100 gm plum, ¼ bunch coriander leaves, ¼ bunch mint leaves and 5 – 6 green chillies. Turn the flame off. 9. Boil water in a pan, add a little salt and 300 gm rice, boil rice till tender. 10. Spread boiled rice on top of chicken mixture. 11. Now spread ¼ cup melted ghee on top of rice, dissolve a pinch of yellow colour in rose water, spread on top of rice. 12. Sprinkle ½ tsp nutmeg powder on top and simmer on low flame for 8–10 minutes. Recipe courtesy of Zaynub Mahmood
Photo: Miansari66 Wikipedia
Prawns are delicious in curry, giving a firm bite and a gorgeous taste. Raw prawns need between eight and 15 minutes to cook depending on size. Cooked prawn merely need to be heated through and will take just a few minutes.
Ingredients (serves four)
• 675g peeled prawns or fish cut into chunks
• 485g Madhuban sauce*
• 2 tbls finely chopped coriander (optional)
• A few toasted almond flakes to garnish (optional)
• A few curls of fresh coconut to garnish (optional)
• A few coriander leaves to garnish (optional)
Method (cooking time five to eight minutes)
1. Thoroughly mix the prawns with the sauce in a large wok, karahi or saucepan.
2. Put the pan on a stove ring at medium and stir occasionally until the contents are simmering.
3. Stir in the coriander and add a little water if the sauce needs loosening. Cook through for a couple more minutes.
1. Soak all the lentils (urad, rajma and chana dhal) in water for six hours or preferably overnight.
2. Boil the soaked lentils with ginger, garlic, chilli and salt, and simmer on low heat for three to four hours until lentils are well cooked. Drain off excess water and mesh the lentils lightly.
3. To make tadka, heat the ghee (butter) in a pan until hot and add the cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds and stir until they crackle. Add garlic and fry until beginning to colour. Add garam masala, tomato puree and stir for a minute. Add to the cooked dal, mixing well. Bring the dhal to the boil again adding the chilli powder, ghee (butter) and cream.
• Recipe courtesy of Gurkha’s Inn, Greenwich (Greenwich Curry Club Restaurant of the Year 2011).