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Street food has become so popular over the last decade in the UK, but there are still many regions of street food still to be explored by UK diners, here is recipe from South Africa!

Bunny chow is simply a hollow bread roll stuffed with curry – not made with real bunny, but with tender pieces of stewed lamb. In its native South Africa it is often spooned into large hollowed-out loaves of bread, which are designed to be eaten with your hands – quite a challenge, even for the most dextrous! For ease of eating I prefer to use smaller rolls, so really hungry diners may want more than one.

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SERVES 4–8, ALLOWING 1–2 EACH, DEPENDING ON GREED

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

700g lamb leg steaks, cut into 3cm cubes

2 onions, roughly chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

4cm piece fresh root ginger, chopped

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

1–2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes, to taste

1 cinnamon stick

4 vine tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons garam masala

550–600g (around 2 large)

potatoes, peeled and cut into 3cm cubes

8 large crusty white bread rolls

salt and freshly ground black pepper

a small bunch of coriander, chopped, to garnish

1 small red onion, thinly sliced, to garnish

Spices for the recipe go to store.eastendfoods.co.uk/

Place the vegetable oil in a large, heavy-based pan and set over a high heat. When it’s hot, brown the lamb in 2 or 3 batches, transferring to a plate as you go. Set aside.

Add the onion, garlic and ginger to a food processor and whizz to a smooth paste, adding a tablespoon or two of cold water to help it along, if necessary.

Lower the heat on the empty pan and add the cumin, fennel, chilli flakes and cinnamon stick, frying for a few seconds until you can smell their aroma wafting up from the pan. Stir through the onion paste and fry for 10 minutes until starting to soften. Return all the meat and any juices to the pan, along with the tomatoes and garam masala. Season with salt and pepper, pour in 500ml water and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for about an hour, until the meat is nearly tender. Add the potatoes, re-cover and simmer for another 30 minutes or so until the potatoes are cooked.

While the curry is simmering, slice the tops off the bread rolls and scoop out the insides to leave a shell about 1cm thick all round. Reserve the insides for dunking in the curry.

When the curry has finished cooking, divide evenly between the hollow rolls. Garnish with a little coriander and a few onion slices and eat immediately – cutlery optional!

Credit: MasterChef: Street Food of the World by Genevieve Taylor with recipes from previous MasterChef winners worldwide (Absolute Press, £26)

Photography © David Loftus

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For anyone looking forward to enjoying a Christmas with a difference, chef and author, Anjula Devi, has created a Christmas feast with hints of carefully selected spices, all containing amazing health properties. Anjula’s Christmas banquet features:

  • Caramelised carrots with chilli flakes, jaggery and smoked ginger juice. Finished with a drop of orange liquor.
  •  Sticky parsnips with maple syrup and mandarin peel. Finished with nigella seeds.
  •  Roast potatoes with burnt garlic, cumin and red onion.
  •  Brussels sprouts with crushed coriander seeds, fennel and twice-roasted chestnuts in butter and garlic.
  •  24 hour marinated roast turkey with garlic, cumin, roasted dry crushed chillies, crushed coriander seeds, natural yogurt, pomegranate, lemon zest and juice. Finished with fresh chopped   coriander.
  •  Sausages wrapped in bacon, with caramelised shallots and fenugreek leaves
  •  Cranberry sauce with a hint of star anise and black peppercorns.
  •  Bread sauce with cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and roasted onion. Finished with a little chilli oil.

Celebrated chef and champion of authentic Indian cooking, Anjula Devi is head of her own eponymous ‘Authentic Indian Cookery School’. Anjula has never been one to follow the crowd, and she loves creating healthy and unique recipes.

This talent began as a gift shared by her beloved father during a childhood in which he imparted all of his culinary wisdom. The essential spices, which form the foundation of much traditional Indian cuisine, remain central to Anjula’s culinary approach. The fifty-year-old Tiffin tin, which her father took with him to work every single day, is always close by, even today.

Speaking about Indian cuisine, Anjula says “There is a whole treasure chest of recipes, flavour combinations and beautiful ingredients which are often completely neglected, along with all of their amazing health benefits. All of my recipes are balanced and healthy; I love cooking with fresh vegetables. I want to inspire as many people as possible to cook delicious, healthy food, just like my father did all those years ago.”

Anjula’s Indian inspired Christmas dishes make a great alternative to traditional roast dinners.

Anjula has a ‘How To’ cookery book and range of Anjula Devi cooking utensils currently online and in Lakeland stores throughout the UK. http://www.lakeland.co.uk/anjula

Her new cookery book ‘Spice for Life’ is being released in spring 2017

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Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Milk

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Serves 4

  • 675g/1.5lb sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsps coconut oil
  • ½ tsp black mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 2tsps ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½-1 tsp chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 400ml/14oz canned coconut milk
  • 175g/5oz frozen garden peas
  • The juice of 1 lime
  1. Pell and cut the sweet potatoes into 2.5cm/1” cubes.
  2. Heat the coconut oil over a medium-high heat and throw in the mustard and cumin seeds.
  3. Add the onion and green chilli and cook until the onion is just beginning to brown, reducing the heat slightly.
  4. Add the ground coriander, turmeric and chilli powder.  Cook for about a minute and add the sweet potatoes and salt.  Stir until the spices coat them.
  5. Add the coconut milk and bring it to a gentle boil.  Cover the pan and cook until the sweet potatoes are almost tender.
  6. Add the peas and cook for 5 minutes.  Stir in the lime juice and remove from the heat.

Serve with rice or bread.

Recipe created by Gourmand World Award winning cookbook author and food writer, Mridula Baljekar.

Tofu Pilau

Serves 4

  • 275g/10oz basmati rice
  • 275g/10oz firm tofu
  • 4 tbsps rapeseed or light olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 5 cm/2” piece of cinnamon stick
  • 6 green cardamom pods, bruised
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 green chilli, chopped (de-seeded if liked)
  1.  Wash the rice in several changes of water and soak it for 20 minutes.  Leave it in a colander to drain.
  2. Drain the tofu and pat dry with absorbent paper.  Divide the block into 4 pieces and cut each into four 5cm/2” slices.
  3. In a non-stick pan, heat half the oil over a medium heat and fry the tofu until lightly browned.  Add the salt and sprinkle the spices evenly over.  Cook for about a minute, remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. To cook the rice:  Heat the remaining oil over a low heat and add the whole spices.  Let them sizzle for 15-20 seconds and add the garlic, ginger and chilli.  Fry for a further 2-3 minutes and add the rice and salt to taste.   Stir gently until the grains are coated with the spiced oil.
  5. Pour in 500 ml/18 fl oz warm water and bring it to the boil. Let it boil steadily for about a minute, reduce the heat to low,   cover the pan tightly and cook for 7-8 minutes.
  6. Switch off the heat source, remove the lid and pile the cooked tofu on top reserving a few pieces to garnish.  Cover the pan again and let it stand, undisturbed, for 5-6 minutes.  Gently mix the rice with a metal spoon (wooden spoon will squash the delicate grains) and serve.

Recipe created by Gourmand World Award winning cookbook author and food writer, Mridula Baljekar

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Mridula Baljekar will be joining Chaat! at the JustVShow at London Olympia 4 July 11 am, come along and watch the demonstration!

Follow the link to get your free entrance ticket www.justvshow.co.uk/go/chaat!

Here is one of Mridula’s Recipes to give you a taste of her demonstration

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Plantains are used in this delightful recipe from Tamil Nadu, Vazhakkai Kari, and these are often sold by Asian grocers and larger supermarkets. Unripe bananas with a dark green skin also work well, although the flavour is different. Cook them on the day of purchase so that they do not get a chance to ripen. The food of this region is generally blisteringly hot, but the quantity of chilli can be adjusted to taste

Serves 4

4 plantains

15ml/1 tbsp full-fat (whole) natural

(plain) yogurtlogo

400ml/14fl oz/12⁄3 cups canned coconut milk

7.5ml/11⁄2 tsp chilli powder

2.5ml/1⁄2 tsp ground turmeric

5ml/1 tsp salt, or to taste

45ml/3 tbsp sunflower oil or light olive oil

2.5ml/1⁄2 tsp black or brown mustard seeds

2

.5ml/1⁄2 tsp cumin seeds

6–8 curry leaves

2 red onions, finely sliced

1–2 fresh green chillies, chopped (deseeded if preferred)

Plain Boiled Rice, to serve

 

1 Peel the plantains and halve them lengthways. Cut each into 2.5cm/1in chunks.

 

2 Rub the plantain with the yogurt, then soak in a bowl of cold water for 15–20 minutes. This removes any stickiness.

 

3 Drain the plantain chunks and rinse. Put them in a medium pan and add the coconut milk, chilli powder, turmeric and salt.

 

4 Add 200ml/7fl oz/scant 1 cup water to the pan and place over a low heat. Cover and simmer for 20–25 minutes or until the plantain is tender, but still firm.

 

5 Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pan over a medium heat and add the mustard seeds.

 

6 As soon as the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the cumin and the curry leaves.

 

7 Add the onion and chillies and fry for

8–10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the onion begins to colour. Reduce the heat slightly halfway through the cooking time.

 

8 Pour the onion and spices over the curry, stir and simmer for 4–5 minutes. Serve with Plain Boiled Rice.

 

cook’s tip

Freshly made coconut-based curries thicken considerably upon cooling, so do not worry if the curry looks a little watery when you have finished cooking. Either leave it to cool slightly before serving, or cook the sauce for a little longer to reduce it to the desired consistency.

Vegetarian Indian Food & Cooking by Mridula Baljekar

 

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