indian style aubergines and potatoes

I bought a pack of baby aubergines at the weekend – I’m not normally seduced by such things, but they were so pretty …  We had about a third of them in the roast veg on Sunday, and I was left with not enough for moussaka, but some.  There were also some cold cooked new…

lemony coriander chicken

As I’ve mentioned before, our local CoOp is really not bad, and I always take a beak at the reduced section where they put the items that have reached their sell-by date.  About three weeks ago, I picked up two packs of chicken thighs – 11 thighs for £3.30.  I stowed them in the freezer…

lentil dosas

I’ve been wanting to make these ever since I spotted them in one of my bread books, but I’ve never been organised enough to do it – they’re remarkably simple, but you need to start them 32 hours in advance, according to the book. Take 3/4 cup of long grain rice (I used Basmati, as…

keralan vegetable massala

As mentioned, we needed to make inroads into the veg glut. This is an adaptation of a recipe from Anjum Anand, and we replaced the chicken with some veg. It worked remarkably well, and would serve four greedy people, or six more restrained souls. 1 bag spinach some groundnut oil (I never use as much…

a pound of mince? Meatballs!

As mentioned, we had a pound of mince to use up, as it wouldn’t fit into the new freezer regime. I minced some garlic and a shallot, and chopped some fenugreek leaves small, while Pete ground spices (black cumin, lots of coriander seeds, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamon, allspice, black pepper), and made that lot into meatballs…

lamb massaman

We’re trying to clear out the freezer in the shed, so we can replace it with another, smaller one.  And there was a shoulder of lamb, so I thought I’d give this a go. for the massaman sauce: 4 dried chillis, soaked in boiling water for about  20 minutes 1 tsp each cumin seeds, coriander…

3lbs of stewing steak

I wanted to make Anjum Anand’s Gujerati lamb with fenugreek dumplings at the weekend, so sent Pete out to the icy wastes of the outdoor freezer to fetch some lamb.  He returned without, as he couldn’t find any, and it’s all gummed up with ice and we need to defrost it.  But he was clutching…

cauliflower and potato, indian style

using up: cauliflower. This didn’t go quite to plan, but turned out utterly delicious.  I don’t suppose we’ll ever be able to recreate it, though. I set a pan of potatoes to parboil, intending to deep fry them later, and put a cut up cauli in the steamer on top.  Pete did Indian spices –…

indian vegetarian meal

[no photo – sorry] Pete brought a huge bunch of coriander home from the Indian supermarket on Saturday.  We had some with a vegetable tagine, some with sour pork with rhubarb, but there was still a reasonable wodge left. We have lots of spuds to eat too, as the rain got through the shed roof…

indian spiced cabbage

One of our favourite dishes, this – especially when we’re in a hurry. The weather here has been quite warm recently, and neither perlmonger nor I are particularly keen to stand over the stove in that sort of weather. Riverford brought us a pointy cabbage last week, so we turned it into Indian Spiced Cabbage…