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Crab is very fashionable at the moment

This delicious dish is messy because you have to crack the crab claws and eat with your fingers, but it is worth it! The stylish host would provide rosewater fingerbowls for the guests.

Recipe by Keith Floyd one of the legends of the reality cooking programs that both entertained and provided viewers with an insight into regional cooking styles across India.

serves 4

vegetable or coconut oil

1 tablespoon small black mustard seeds 10 –15 fresh curry leaves

100 g/4 oz red onion or red shallots, finely chopped

150 g/5 oz tomatoes, chopped 1 teaspoon ground turmeric   1 tablespoon red chilli powder

25 g/1 oz ginger and garlic purée (see page 56)

500 ml/18 fl oz coconut milk salt

2 or 3 small raw crabs per person, chopped in half, cleaned out, gills and stomach sac removed and the claws cracked

a handful of small fresh curry leaves or fresh mint or coriander leaves, to garnish

 

  • Heat some oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds and curry leaves and cook until the mustard seeds cr

 

  • Stir in the onion or shallots and sauté until soft, then add the chopped tomatoes and cook until you have a rich tomato and onion gravy.

 

  • Stir in the turmeric and chilli powder and cook until the raw flavour disappears. Add a little water to help you do this, if necessary.

 

  • Now stir in the ginger and garlic purée and the coconut milk and simmer gently until you have a nicely amalgamated gravy. Season to taste with salt, then pop in the crabs and cook them gently until the shells have turned r

 

  • If using curry leaves for the garnish, quickly stir-fry them in very hot oil and sprinkle them over the crabs. Alternatively scatter with fresh mint or coriander leaves and serv
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Anjula’s World of Daal! More recipes like this in issue 28 of Chaat! 

Daal’s the store cupboard ingredients that can trigger your taste buds and culinary skills!

Anjula’s tells Chaat!, “I have always loved daal; for me it’s the ultimate delicious comfort food. I’m not quite sure why many people in the UK don’t appreciate the myriad benefits of lentils and pulses. Not only are these beautiful gems full of nutritional value, they are affordable, sustainable and healthy. Chana daal, for example, is incredibly low in GI and is great for diabetics”.

If you search online for ‘black-eyed peas,’ you’ll find lots of results for the famous American hip-hop band as well as for these wonderful beans – that’s right, they are actually beans rather than peas. Known as ‘lobia’ in Hindi and Punjabi, black-eyed peas combined with coconut milk make this dish a real delight. You can use dry black-eyed peas, but do remember to soak them overnight. They are delicious eaten hot or cold and come with some impressive nutritional benefits.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Key Spices

1 Indian bay leaf

1 1 inch piece of cassia bark

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp red chilli flakes

1 tsp crushed coriander seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

Warming Spices

1 tsp fennel seeds

2 cloves

4 green cardamom, lightly bashed

Other Spices

1/2 tsp ajwain seeds

Wet Ingredients

2 tbs vegetable oil

2 onions, finely chopped

3 fresh tomatoes, chopped

2-3 green chillies, pierced

1 tsp fresh pulped ginger

2 tsp fresh pulped garlic

2 400 g tins of black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

200 ml coconut milk

2 tbs tamarind paste

Sea salt to taste

1tsp grated jaggery

Garnish

Small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped

Method 

Heat a sauté pan, with a lid, on a medium heat and warm the vegetable oil. Add the onions and sauté for 3 minutes.

Add the Indian bay leaf, cassia bark and salt to taste. Continue to sauté for 5 minutes, then add the turmeric powder, red chilli flakes, tomatoes and jaggery. Stir well and continue to sauté gently on a low heat for 10 minutes.

Add the green chillies, garlic and ginger and sauté for 2 minutes.

Place a small pan on a low heat and gently warm the crushed coriander seeds, cumin seeds and ajwain seeds for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add to the onions and tomatoes.

In the same small pan, warm the warming spices on a low heat for 1 minute. Set aside.

Add the black-eyed peas, stir really well and cook for 3 minutes.

Add the coconut milk, bring to the boil and immediately reduce to a simmer.

Add the warming spices and tamarind paste, then place the lid on the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the chopped coriander and serve with basmati rice.

Recipe by Anjula Devi

NB – remember to count the cloves and cardamoms in and then count them out again before serving.

 

Piercing your fresh chillies with a cocktail stick gives you more control over the warmth of your dish. If you like your dish hot, then simply chop the chillies rather than pierce them. 

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RE: GROW YOUR OWN CURRY
Welcome to the this years British Curry Club’s campaign to
encourage the public to “grow your own curry” ingredients!

This is the second year we invite primary schools to get involved in our “Grow Your Own Curry” campaign, along with help from our campaign partners, Chaat! Magazine, Sutton Seeds, East End Spices and Sweet Cherry Publishers. We also have celebrity chefs providing recipes for both schools and parents to cook up!

There can be nothing better than encouraging young people to enjoy gardening, and being able to use these fresh ingredients to cook their very own curry, either in school or at home! Global foods topic is encouraged by the primary schools educational curriculum.

Your school may already have a gardening patch or have some spare pots ready to grow your seeds in!

For your school to get involved it is very simple, all you have to do is:
b Use as many of the Sutton Seeds we have included with this letter
b Put the poster up in your school to spread the message of the campaign
b If your school has a Website, Facebook or Twitter post #Growyourowncurry
Plus if you would like to get involved in our nationwide competition with the chance of being one of three schools to win £200 and for one pupil to win £25 worth of of reading books provided by Sweet Cherry Publishing then register your involvement by returning the slip or email to [email protected] by the 30 June 2017, then by the 15 July send us letters/drawings from your pupils telling us about your schools vegetable path and how much they have enjoyed taking part in the schools gardening club.

Terms and conditions

  • Completed competition entry form must be returned by post or email
  • ([email protected]) by the 30 JUNE 2017.
  • All competition entrant schools must publically display #Growyourowncurry either on the schools website, Facebook or Twitter
  • School can use Sutton Seeds or other seeds the school may already be using for the schools gardening club/activities.
  • All schools sending in letters must make sure there is a clear covering letter stating the schools contact details and each letter is marked on the back with pupils name and class for traceability and letters to arrive by 15 July 2017, to the competition address below.
  • 3 winning schools will be chosen by the merit of pupil’s letters emphasizing the enjoyment of their schools gardening club; to receive £200 worth of books from Sweet Cherry Publishing.
  • No cash alternative will be offered in exchange for books. No alternative prize will be offered.
  • Books will be delivered to the UK school address on the entrant form, date of delivery to be confirmed.
  • One winning pupils from each winning school will be awarded a voucher for £25 where Sweet Cherry Publishing will deliver to the pupil via the school  contact details, and gardening club organiser, books to the value of £25 from the publishers range for the age group.
  • The decision of the British Curry Club and the campaign partners are final.
  • Competition in partnership with all campaign partners.
  • Entrants must be primary schools from the UK.
  • Entrant forms and posters can be requested by contacting [email protected]
  • All schools sending in letters from pupils must be primary age pupil and be UK residents.
  • For details of the prize winner, please contact the competition owner [[email protected] or British Curry Club 6 Bute Crescent, Cardiff, CF10 5AN]

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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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The Pumpkin Beet Soup is jam-packed with goodness that will keep you full, and healthy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Small Beets
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 ½ Small New Potatoes
  • 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup Onions, chopped
  • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ Cup Light Coconut Milk
  • 1 ½ Cups Water or Vegetable Stock
  • 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Seeds
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper (black and white)

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and roughly chop beets and potatoes.
  • Place on baking tray with chopped onion and drizzle lightly with oil and salt. Toss and bake for 35 minutes or until tender.
  • Allow to cool and then extract in your NutriBullet Rx Soup Pitcher on the 7-Minute Heated Cycle.
  • Enjoy!

The NutriBullet Rx is available from www.highstreettv.com for £169.95.

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Ingredients:

  • 500ml Peach Nectarine Sparkling Ice sparkling water, (divided)
  • 1 classic plain cake mix, 400g box
  • 3 large eggs
  • 110ml vegetable oil
  • 450g cream cheese
  • 120g unsalted butter – room temp
  • 400g confectioners sugar
  • Candy corn for garnish

 Special Equipment:

Mini cupcake pans

Paper mini cupcake liners

Electric mixer with beaters

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare mini cupcake pan with paper liners.

  1. Add 1 cup Peach Nectarine Sparkling ICE to large mixing bowl with cake mix, eggs and oil. Beat starting on low speed and then moving to medium speed for 2 minutes.
  1. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring remaining 250ml of Peach Nectarine Sparkling ICE to boil and reduce liquid to a 60ml. Chill to cool.
  1. Pour Cake batter into cupcake papers. Fill to ¾ full.
  1. Bake for about 10 minutes, until cake tester or pick comes out clean.
  1. Promptly remove cupcakes to a cooling rack and allow to cool.
  1. While cupcakes are baking and cooling, prepare icing.
  1. In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth
  1. Add Confectioners sugar. Continue beating and add remaining (reduced and cooled) Sparkling ICE. Chill Icing in refrigerator if needs to firm up.
  1. Ice cupcakes and garnish each with orange jelly sweets.

Serves: 84 mini cupcakes

Prep time: 45 minutes for cake and icing cupcakes

Bake time: 10 minutes for each batch

 

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Nothing shouts Halloween more than coffin-shaped sushi, now does it! This dastardly design from leading Japanese food company www.yutaka.co is so easy to make that anyone can create their own sushi cemetery with just a few simple ingredients.

Spooky Sushi Coffins

Ingredients

125g Yutaka Sushi Rice

1½ tbs Yutaka Rice Vinegar

1 tbs sugar

½ tsp salt

Yutaka Black Sesame Seeds

Yutaka Nori sheets

Tube of Yutaka Wasabi Paste

Smoked salmon

Method

Rinse 125g sushi rice in a bowl of water, drain and repeat at least 4 times before draining rice with a sieve. Put 165ml water together with the washed rice into a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on. Turn off the heat and leave to stand for 25-30 mins without opening the lid.

Mix the rice vinegar, sugar and salt together and fold into the cooked sushi rice after it has cooled down.

With wet hands, form the sushi rice into 6 coffin shapes and leave set in the fridge overnight.

Sprinkle black sesame seeds liberally onto a plate and gently press the side and base of each chilled coffin into the seeds until completely covered. Place a dob of wasabi paste on the top of each coffin and cover with piece of smoked salmon. Then cut out the coffin lids using a nori sheet and place on top of each one.

You can make a small hand out of a piece of parsnip or sugar icing to add a touch of authenticity.

 

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Ingredients

400ml apple juice

30ml Highland Black 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky

8 teaspoons clear set honey

4-8 teaspoons – lemon and lime juice 3 cloves

1 inch fresh ginger

2 pinches- stonemill ground cinnamon Methodology

1. Heat all the ingredients except the whisky over a low heat until all the flavours have infused

2. Add in the whisky Decoration / to serve Serve in a heat proof mug with a slice of green apple and a sprinkle of Stonemill Ground Cinnamon.

Tasting notes A delicious alternative to mulled wine. The warming mix of apple, honey and cinnamon has the added advantage of being a delicious mocktail by simply omitting the whisky. Great to make in batches ahead of time and heat when needed.

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Santa’s Christmas Treat

Ingredients 50ml Tamova Vodka

100ml tomato juice

100ml the pantry lemon juice Pinch of cracked black pepper

185g 2 dash fiesta peri peri 1

dash the pantry lime juice

1 dash bramwells horseradish sauce Methodology

1. Add all ingredients to a mixing jug and stir over ice until cold

2. Take a tall Collins glass filled with cubed ice and add cracked black pepper to the rim

3. Pour in the mixed Bloody Mary and garnish Decoration / to serve

Add cracked black pepper to the rim of the glass and garnish with a stuffed bell pepper, pickled gherkin, and fresh basil

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