Chetna's Masala-Papdi

Masala Papdi

Papdi means pastry, and this is a quick and easy recipe for Papdis which are a delicious snack to eat with dips, hummus or chutney, or scrunched up as a chaat. Ingredients 100g plain flour¼ tsp salt¼ tsp chilli powder¼ turmeric powder¼ tsp garam masala¼ tsp carom seeds1 tbsp dried fenugreek leavesSunflower oil Method Measure the flour into a bowl … Read More

Chetna's Paneer-pav-bhaji

Paneer Pav Bhaji

Pav bhaji with a twist – a quick and easy way to prepare it at home, using store cupboard spices, ready in 30 minutes! Ingredients 2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped2 tbsp sunflower oil2 onions, finely choppedFresh ginger2-3 garlic cloves1 red pepper, chopped1 green pepper, chopped3 tomatoes, chopped1 tsp salt1 tsp turmeric powder1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp ground coriander1 tsp … Read More

Asparagus and Paneer Sabji

A great way to cook seasonal asparagus, this is a lovely quick vegetarian stir fry, ready in minutes. The paneer absorbs all of the flavours of the chaat masala and goes really well with the asparagus.

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Pesto, pepper and mozzarella stuffed loaf

This is a lovely make ahead recipe for a picnic loaf, using a simple cob or any round white loaf. Simply hollow out the loaf and fill with layers of delicious Mediterranean ingredients for the perfect picnic centrepiece. Ingredients 1 white cob, or round loaf1 garlic clovePinch salt40-50g fresh basil leaves25g pine nuts, cashew nuts or almonds (or a combination)30g … Read More

Chetna's Peanut-masala-Stuffed-baby-aubergines

Peanut masala stuffed baby aubergines

Baby aubergines are usually found in Asian supermarkets and have a quite different taste to larger aubergines. If you can’t find them though, you can substitute normal-sized aubergines, cut them into chunks. Leaving the peanuts in their skin really adds to the nutty flavour. Serves 4 Ingredients For the filling:80g peanuts, skin on2 tbsp gram flour½ tsp salt½ tsp turmeric1 … Read More

Rainbow Chard and Potato Sabji

Use the beautiful rainbow colours of seasonal chard to make a quick and delicious vegan dish. If you don’t have chard, you can make this with kale or even humble spinach. A perfect accompaniment or side dish for any curry. Serves 4 Ingredients 600g rainbow chard2 tbsp sunflower or rapeseed oil1 tsp cumin seeds1 medium onion, thinly sliced3 garlic cloves400g … Read More

Mushroom Pepper Noodles

A quick, easy and completely delicious way to serve up a healthy meal for the whole family, packed full of vegetables and flavour. Keep it vegan by using mushroom sauce. Serves four Ingredients ½ cabbage (sweetheart or Chinese), thinly sliced1 red pepper, thinly sliced1 carrot, grated2 tbsp sunflower oil1 tsp sugar4 nests medium egg noodles120g shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced1 tsp … Read More

Sundried tomato and mozzarella bread

This is an absolutely divine recipe for a soft, pillowy bread, with the intense hit of sundried tomatoes. So easy to make and the perfect accompaniment to a homemade soup or vegetable dip. Ingredients 250g bread flour or strong white flour6g salt6g quick action dried yeast200ml lukewarm waterMozzarellaSun dried tomatoes Method Measure the flour into a large bowl, along with … Read More

Masala Dosa

A dosa is a kind of Indian pancake, a very popular street food best enjoyed with sambhar, spiced potatoes and a selection of chutneys. As the rice and lentils need to soak and ferment, it does take a couple of days to prepare, but it’s well worth the wait! Ingredients for the dosa 300g basmati rice100g urad dal (split black … Read More

Sambhar – South Indian Lentils

This is my favourite dal recipe, it has a delicious nutty flavour and is the perfect accompaniment to masala dosa and lemon rice. it’s really important to use toor dal for an authentic flavour and remember to prepare the sambhar masala first! Serves four Ingredients 250g toor dal (split pigeon peas)1 tbsp chana dal (split chickpeas)1½ tsp salt1 tsp turmeric … Read More