Chetna Makan’s Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

A British curry house favourite, chicken tikka masala is a delicious dish of marinated and grilled (or oven-baked) chicken in a rich, creamy, spicy sauce. As well as following the recipe in full to make the popular restaurant classic, you can enjoy the chicken tikka pieces on their own (great for a barbecue) or jazzed ... Read more »

Chetna Makan’s Paneer Do Pyaza

Paneer Do Pyaza

I am a huge fan of paneer, it being an ingredient I grew up with and have always loved; the fresh Indian cheese is a regular choice for vegetarian nights in our house. This Paneer Do Pyaza recipe is from Chetna’s Indian Feasts by Chetna Makan and features onions and shallots alongside the paneer. Read ... Read more »

Indonesian Makassar Beef Coto (Coto Makassar)

Indonesian Makassar Beef Coto

Coto (also spelled Soto) is a category an Indonesian soups that are stew-like in nature, and usually feature meat, broth and vegetables. This Makassar Coto, hailing from Sulawesi, combines slow-cooked beef cheeks with herbs, spices and peanuts to create a rich, thick stew that is beautifully tender, delicious and filling. The recipe is from The ... Read more »

Indonesian Spiced Beef Stew (Semur Daging)

This Indonesian Spiced Beef Stew reminds me of a classic British beef and vegetable stew but in this case there are warming spices, herbs and other additional ingredients that provide an unmistakeably South East Asian flavour profile. Taken from Petty Pandean-Elliott’s The Indonesian Table, traditionally semur daging has a thinner sauce. Pandean-Elliott has added flour ... Read more »

Indonesian Chicken Curry with Pineapple (Gulai Ayam Nanas)

Indonesian Chicken Curry and Pineapple (Gulai Ayam Nanas)

This quick and delicious chicken curry with pineapple hails from South Sumatra in Indonesia, and is one of the many delicious recipes to be found in Petty Pandean-Elliott’s The Indonesian Table. It’s a mild and soupy curry with delicate flavours and a fragrant aroma. Read my in-depth review of The Indonesian Table by Petty Pandean-Elliott. ... Read more »

Karan Gokani’s Sri Lankan Jaffna Curry Powder

This Sri Lankan curry powder recipe is from Karan Gokani’s Hoppers The Cookbook, where it features in many of the book’s recipes including the very delicious Lamb Shank Curry. Read my full review of Hoppers: The Cookbook by Karan Gokani. Typically dishes from northern Sri Lanka tend to be a lot hotter than from the ... Read more »

The Hoppers London Lamb Shank Curry

Lamb Shank Curry

This rich and fragrant lamb shank curry from Karan Gokani’s Hoppers The Cookbook is a popular dish on Hoppers’ restaurant menu. In South India and Sri Lanka it’s commonly made with goat or mutton but Hoppers use good quality British lamb to create a fall-off-the-bone dish. This makes a great centre-piece for a meal for ... Read more »

Karan Gokani’s Unroasted Curry Powder

Cucumber Curry Featuring Karan Gokani's Unroasted Curry Powder

This fragrant curry powder recipe is from Karan Gokani’s Hoppers The Cookbook, where it features in many of the book’s recipes including the very delicious Sri Lankan Cucumber Curry. Read my full review of Hoppers: The Cookbook by Karan Gokani. This recipe is also known as thuna paha in Sinhalese, which literally translates as 'three ... Read more »

Leena’s Sri Lankan Cucumber Curry

Leena's Cucumber Curry from Hoppers The Cookbook by Karan Gokani

In the UK cucumbers are predominantly eaten raw or pickled. A backbone of British salads, or dainty finger sandwiches, or combined with yoghurt in dishes such as raita, tzatziki and cacik. But they are also fabulous to cook with, as evidenced by this very quick and easy Sri Lankan cucumber curry from Karan Gokani’s Hoppers ... Read more »

Norman Musa’s Javanese Lamb Curry

Javanese Lamb Curry

This bright and colourful Javanese lamb curry recipe is from from¬†Norman Musa’s Bowlful cookbook. He adapted it from Tongseng, a well-known Javanese dish but his version uses pointed cabbage as the sweetest and mildest type, and also ups the amount of cabbage used, providing a healthy balance of protein to vegetables.¬† Freshness from the tomatoes ... Read more »