Category Archives: Non-Vegetarian

Sriracha sardines on sourdough

This is a great and tasty snack and so easy to make too. Pan-fry some tinned sardines in a little bit of their own oil, with a generous helping of sriracha powder (or sauce) – as much as you can handle. Lay them on some toasted sourdough and drizzle with olive oil. Garnish with some chopped chives (if you have some, I didn’t). And serve.

You should also play around with this, make it your own. Substitute sriracha with any other spicy masala mix. Use any other toasted bread, seeded, brown, multigrain, whatever takes your fancy. Butter the toast if you don’t have good quality olive oil to hand. Or do both. Add some roughly mashed avocado or finely chopped onions. Open sandwiches rule and the world’s your playground!

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Goan Egg Curry

I’m a member of a Goan food group and the admin set us a challenge to make this traditional egg curry. It looked really tempting in the photo, and I’m always a sucker for some Goan food. I tried his ‘egg drop’ variation, which gave an added silky texture to the gravy, in addition to the coconut milk. I did make a few changes, mainly in the amount of chillies I used (the dried ones I have are really deadly, so have to tone them down a bit) and I used less tamarind as well.

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Malabar Venison Curry

I spent many years as a child eating Keralan food at a friend’s house. Then many years later, I spent two years in Kozhikode and I just loved the local food there. The biryanis, the fish, even the shawarmas (with the ‘gelf‘ influence prominent) were amazing. So when I came across this little treasure called the Malabar Muslim Cookery book, I simbly had to pick it up. This recipe is based on one of the three mutton curry recipes in the book. Each is subtly different from the others, either in the method of preparation or ingredients. And, of course, I’ve made this with venison, but it would be great with some mutton or goat pieces (with the bone in).

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Panang curry with aubergines, celery and king prawns

I always have a few Thai curry pastes (green & red curry and Tom Yum) in my stock cupboard. They are great not only for the standard curries but also as flavours for stir-fries. Recently, I also discovered panang curry paste and I have enjoyed playing around with it in various prawn dishes. This particular recipe is fairly quick to make and is very moreish.

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Saoji Chicken

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This recipe, from the Nagpur region of Maharashtra, has been adapted from the Saoji Mutton recipe in Aditya Mehendale’s book ‘Rare Gems’. This recipe works equally well with mutton (lamb), chicken, prawns and even paneer for the vegetarians among us.

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Spicy harissa lamb chops with wild rocket and pomegranate


These lamb chops are a firm favourite in our household. We usually get a french-trimmed rack of lamb and then cut them up into individual chops (although there are probably cheaper ways of doing this dish). Then divide them into portions for two, rub in some marinade, and freeze in a ziploc bag. On days when you don’t feel like making too much of an effort, it’s an easy job to defrost a packet, put them in the oven for 15 minutes and have a great meal ready in a jiffy.

I find the Moroccan flavours go amazingly with lamb, with the slightly bitter rocket and tangy sweet pomegranate providing a wonderfully tasty counterpoint.

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Kheema Pav

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One of my favourite dishes is Kheema Pav, which is mince served with the ubiquitous Mumbai bread rolls. There are many versions of this dish, mainly variations in the way the meat is cooked. As an apprentice Marine Engineer I used to spend a lot of time in and around the Mumbai docks, where there is an abundance of the small Muslim cafés and restaurants. These restaurants specialise in a multitude of meat dishes cooked in a particular style, that are not easily available elsewhere. And so, the Kheema Pav served there has a particular nostalgic attraction in my mind. After many years of trying to recreate the taste at home, I came across a recipe that triggered ‘that taste‘ in my mind (thanks to Farrukh Aziz). And now, finally,  I’m able to make my version of this wonderful dish, tweaked to be healthier, with the use of alternate meats (like chicken or turkey) and much less oil than they use in the restaurants, but still with the key flavours that remind me of those idyllic days.

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