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Dishoom Recipe Book Review

June 2, 2020

There seems to be a new recipe book published every day at the moment as we all turn ourselves into culinary wizards, or not, depending on your dedication to the kitchen.

Perhaps this is the influence of Bake Off and Master Chef, but either way I have invested in a few of the latest Indian recipe books and will review them over the next few weeks to let you know if, in my opinion, they’re any good or not for the average amateur chef.

Dosai recipe

Dosa with Potatoes and Onions

June 1, 2020

Guest Chef Dev Biswal gives a classic Indian street food recipe. Dosai with gently spiced potatoes, mustard and onions.

A dosa is a simple pancake, originating from South India, made from fermented batter. They look very similar to thin pancakes or crepes. You can add just about any fillings you wish to make a great snack or light meal.

Tandoori Lamb Curry

Tandoori Lamb Curry

May 28, 2020

This Tandoori Lamb Curry with scented rice & onion seed naan is brought to us courtesy of Steenbergs.

Although not seen as an “official” curry this dish is very popular and is full of flavour. You can adjust the heat level to your own liking by adding more or less chilli powder.

Star Anise

Star Anise

May 27, 2020

Star anise (also known as badain anise), when whole, is an eight-pointed star shape around the size of a small broad bean and is mid to dark brown in colour in its dried form. It has an aniseed flavour that is sweet and mildly spicy with a liquorice type aroma.…

Peanut Butter Curry

Peanut Butter Curry

May 26, 2020

Guest chef Astrid Mitchison brings us her Vegan Carrot & Sweet Potato Korma.

Ideal for those who are looking for both a healthy curry and one that is not too spicy, this twist on a classic Korma still has plenty of flavour for you to savour.

And even better, this recipe is not only suitable for vegans but is also dairy-free and refined sugar free.

NRB Assist Help for Hospitality Businesses in the North

May 26, 2020

If you are a hospitality business and need some help wading through the huge amount of help and information available, you might want to take a look at what the team at NRB are doing to help. Their Assist newsletter and website links you to much of the key sources…

cloudwater curry club

Cloudwater have a Curry Club

May 26, 2020

Sounds like a perfect match! And of course it is, great beer and great curry have got to be the country’s favourite duo or close to it. This curry club as taken on a lockdown twist by adding a live cooking class that you can follow from home. Here’s some…



May 25, 2020

Tamarind is a long, pea pod shaped fruit that contains a sour pulp and seeds and is a mid-brown colour. It has a strong, tart flavour and a little goes a long way. It is sold as a paste, in a pressed block (cake) or as whole pods and tastes…

Green Chillies

Green Chillies

May 24, 2020

Green chillies are popular as a cooking ingredient and give a hot flavour to dishes. However, they also have several applications for health and well-being.  The heat of your curry is generally determined by the amount and type of chilli peppers used in the recipe.  There are many types of…

Indian style Sea Bass

Sea Bass Keralan Style

May 23, 2020

Our guest chef for this Indian fine dining recipe is Asian chef of the Year 2019, Chef Dev Biswal, The Ambrette Restaurants

This Sea bass, Herb marinade, Kerala style Moilee sauce highlights the brilliant dishes available for those of you lucky to live near to the Ambrette.

For the rest of us, we are just going to have to try it at home

whole poppy seeds

Poppy Seeds

May 22, 2020

There are two varieties of poppy seed which are either blue or white. In Europe we mainly use the blue (almost black) poppy seeds but in Indian cooking mainly white (more like beige) seeds are used. The use of white seeds avoids colouring the dish. Blue and white poppy seeds…

Prawn and Coconut Laksa

Prawn and Coconut Laksa

May 21, 2020

A warming bowl of spicy laksa that is quick and easy to make.

This recipe is brought to you by Steenbergs, providers of organic spices and cooking ingredients.

Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from Southeast Asia and can be found in Singapore, Malaysia, parts of Thailand and Indonesia