Recipes

Tomato and Basil Soup

Tomato and Basil Soup

This creamy tomato soup with its vibrant colour, originates in Tuscany. It is often served as a very thick almost stew-like soup,


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Chicken Liver Pate

Chicken Liver Pate

Frozen chicken liver is available in most supermarkets and is handy as a 'store cupboard' ingredient if you're wondering what to prepare either midweek or at the weekend.


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Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

The great thing about making fudge at home is that you can control the amount of sugar in the recipe.


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Griddled Chicken in Mushroom and Black Pepper Sauce

Griddled Chicken in Mushroom and Black Pepper Sauce


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Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese

Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese

Generally Spaghetti Bolognese is prepared with a sauce that is meat based known as a ragu. The sauce comes from Bologna in Northern Italy.


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Cardamom & Littlepod Vanilla Cookies

Cardamom & Littlepod Vanilla Cookies

This recipe adds that lovely touch to a spicy sweet biscuit. Vanilla enlivens other spices in Indian dishes. It rounds out the cardamom in this recipe which is in Littlepod's new book.


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Simple Scones

Simple Scones

This is a fabulous scone recipe that uses no sugar whatsoever, the gentle sweetness comes from the vanilla.

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Tomato and Spinach Pasta Bake

Tomato and Spinach Pasta Bake

If you fancy something warm and indulgent yet full of fresh flavours, this is a simple dish assembling fresh tomatoes and spinach leaves together in one dish.


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Baked Beans Balti

Baked Beans Balti

When my mother and father eloped to Britain in the late sixties, they both embraced British culture at a time when Britain was swinging. She came across Baked Beans and used to combine Indian spices to make a quick lunchtime snack for me and my brother when we were kids.


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Citrus Fruit Salad

Citrus Fruit Salad

This is a tangy yet creamy salad that makes the most of any apples and oranges which could be lying in the fruit bowl.


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Focaccia

Focaccia

This flat salty bread is produced all over Italy with a number of variations. It is usually eaten warm as a midmorning snack, and you’re lucky if you manage to find it in any bakery after midday.


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Cranachan

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Traditionally Cranachan (apparently pronounced Krana-can) is a Scottish dish that is generally made with local or seasonal ingredients. This indulgent dessert used to be eaten during the time of harvest.


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Chocolate Tea Cake with Fruit and Cinnamon

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This is a spicy cake treat to cheer up any gloomy day. What I like about this recipe is that you don’t have to do much mixing and the cake tastes delicious with the combination of cinnamon and chocolate.


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Chilled Chocolate Slice

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Good chocolate should generally contain at least 50 percent cocoa solids. This should be mentioned on the wrapper. The cocoa solids in chocolate include the cocoa butter along with other ingredients such as flavourings, lecithin, sugar, milk and vanilla.


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Cauliflower Cheese

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This is one of the recipes that my mum used to make when we were kids. I would come home from school and in order to encourage me to eat veg, she would come up with this tasty version including cumin and green chilli.


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Mushroom and Iceberg Lettuce salad

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During the summer months, you don't always have to have a bowl of cereal or an English breakfast every morning to kickstart the day. This recipe felt like an all round breakfast


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Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

This is a hearty dish which tastes wholesome and spicy. Make sure you soak the mince in hot water for ten minutes,


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Chocolate Cup Cakes with Cinnamon and Stout

Chocolate Cup Cakes with Cinnamon and Stout

I've been doing a bit of recipe testing lately and have come up with an interesting combination of British stout with a hint of cinnamon spice.


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Potato Wedges with Chilli Flakes

Potato Wedges with Chilli Flakes

Cooking for the guests at the British High Commission appeared to be a daunting task but it was comforting to know that everyone loved 'naughty' foods such as these potato wedges with a smattering of chilli.


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Desi Pasta

Desi Pasta

Manju's Spicy Pasta Sauce with penne (Desi Pasta)
While I was filming the forty part series for NDTV Goodtimes - all about making British and other European cuisines, I noticed that there were many types of pasta on sale in the shops indicating that cooking pasta has become a popular pastime.


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Masala Shepherds Pie

Masala Shepherds Pie

Masala Shepherds Pie


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Spicy Tuna Fishcakes

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Spicy tuna Fishcakes


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Smoked Salmon with Chilli and Tomato Scrambled Eggs - Anda Bhurji

Smoked Salmon with Chilli and Tomato Scrambled Eggs - Anda Bhurji

What better way to start the New Year than with an indulgent breakfast combining spicy and smoky flavours. Indians call scrambled eggs, anda bhurji and often add fresh green coriander leaves to their mixture.


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Houmous

Houmous

There are many versions of houmous available in stores, but nothing beats a homemade version of his gorgeous dip which can be freshly prepared and stored in an airtight container for 2 days in the fridge.


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Thai Fish Cakes

Thai Fish Cakes

This is a popular starter on a Thai restaurant menu. It's also simple to make using inexpensive white fish such as pollock or basa fillets.


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Szechuan-style Chow Mein Noodles

Szechuan-style Chow Mein Noodles

Chow Mein is a Chinese dish comprising of noodles either stir-fried or steamed. There are hundreds of varieties of this popular fast food dish.


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Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls

Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are the Chinese equivalent of samosas or even fish and chips so it’s a dish that’s not to be eaten everyday but on special occasions.


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Malaysian Prawn Laksa

Malaysian Prawn Laksa

This recipe is a spicy rice noodle based soup from Malaysia. The spice blends are made from scratch to give it that fresh flavour.


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Speedy Satay Sauce with Peanut Butter

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This makes a great dip with prawn crackers or can be used as a marinade for chicken. If you're planning to use it as a marinade, make sure that you do not use the leftover sauce mixture that was marinating the chicken to come into contact with any cooked foods.


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Tofu Thai Salad

Tofu Thai Salad

Would you believe that in some shops, tofu is sold as soya paneer.
This is to encourage many Asian consumers to try it out in place of the milk based Indian cheese product.


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Crunchy Indian Potato Salad - Quick Aloo Chaat

Crunchy Indian Potato Salad - Quick Aloo Chaat

This is a simple twist on a firm Indian street favourite, the aloo chaat. Many create their own recipes with their favourite ingredients or whatever they have to hand.


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Double Coriander Fish Fingers and Chips

Double Coriander Fish Fingers and Chips

The thing about this recipe is it contains ground coriander as well as fresh green coriander leaves. It’s a take on the traditional British fish dish but using seasoned gram flour instead of plain flour.


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Keralan Chicken Cutlets

Keralan Chicken Cutlets

Cutlets are generally deep fried in oil and served as teatime treats or as appetiser snacks with a salad made of onions.


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Tomato Soup with Hidden Vegetables

Tomato Soup with Hidden Vegetables

Canned foods are often overlooked as a convenient source of nutrition. Using canned food in cooking is a convenient, affordable way to ensure that you include each of the essential food groups and healthy nutrients in your meals.


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Tomato Soup - Tamatar Shorba

Tomato Soup - Tamatar Shorba

A Tamatar Shorba is a North Indian soup which is created by cooking tomatoes with whole spices.


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Roasted Corn on the Cob – Bhutta Sika Hua

Roasted Corn on the Cob – Bhutta Sika Hua

Across India, roadside vendors roast corn cobs on hot charcoals or by placing them in hot sand: you cannot avoid the delicious woody aromas wafting across the hustle and bustle of people and traffic.


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Potato Fritters - Aloo Pakora

Potato Fritters - Aloo Pakora

This is another way to eat a street food snack known as pakoras which are extremely moreish,

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Cumin and Coriander Potato Patties - Bread Cutlets

Cumin and Coriander Potato Patties - Bread Cutlets

This is a fab street food that can be easily made at home.


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Scrambled Eggs with Feta Cheese

Scrambled Eggs with Feta Cheese

If you need a boost of calcium in your diet, you can’t go wrong with this breakfast served with wholemeal toast.


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Tea time Potato snack Balls with Gram Flour

Tea time Potato snack Balls with Gram Flour

India is famous for finding an excuse to break for a tasty snack.

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Tarka Bread Snack

Tarka Bread Snack

A quick and to easy to prepare dish. Tasty and very nice for lunch or supper. This recipe can be made several hours before you plan to eat it, and is easy to heat up in the microwave.


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Spicy Festive Biscuits

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I love anything sweet at this time of year. Come to think of it, I love sweet things anytime of the year!


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Sprouted Mung Bean Salad - Moong Salad

Sprouted Mung Bean Salad - Moong Salad

Sprouted beans are easy to digest and are frequently used in dishes from the western and southern parts of India. They impart a crisp, nutty flavour to dishes like this one.


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Chilli Paneer - Mirch Waali Paneer

Chilli Paneer - Mirch Waali Paneer

Paneer is made from whole cow’s or buffalo’s milk curdled with lemon juice. It is pressed until its texture is firm and similar to tofu.
It’s an essential protein source in many vegetarian diets.


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Carrot Salad

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The Maharashtrian salad from Western India, can also be made with various other vegetables, such as radish or cabbage. More often than not,


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Aloo Bondas

Aloo Bondas

Aloo Bondas are a streetfood from Mumbai (Bombay), sold around beaches and in fast-food restaurants. However, my mother has always made them at home.


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Tomato, Onion and Chilli Salad with Radish

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Indian salads are refreshing complements to elaborate dishes that are loaded with spices and flavours. This sharp tangy recipe is remarkably simple and pairs well with meat or chicken.


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Banana chips

Banana chips

Kela Chip. Across the Cochin region in Southern India, roadside vendors deep-fry thousands of banana slices in large black vessels filled with coconut oil. You'll also find jackfruit, tapioca and yam chips. Often the bananas are cut into chunks, fried, dipped in jaggery or sugar syrup, then dried and sold as sweets.


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Tarka Bread Snack

Tarka Bread Snack

A quick and to easy to prepare dish. Tasty and very nice for lunch or supper. This recipe can be made several hours before you plan to eat it, and is easy to heat up in the microwave.


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Curried Eggs

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My mother used to make this when we couldn't be bothered to go shopping. It's one way of using ingredients in the store cupboard and makes a change from eggs and soldiers in the morning.


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Indian Omelette

Indian Omelette

At the crack of dawn in India's railway stations men and women armed with eggs and frying pans are to be found preparing these omelettes outside carriage windows.


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Semolina Biscuits - Nan Khatai

Semolina Biscuits - Nan Khatai

This is the definitive Indian biscuit. Countless recipes have all sorts of different ingredients but they all contain semolina and plain flour. Many decades ago, women would prepare their biscuit dough at home and take it to a communal oven or bakery for the baker to bake. The cooked biscuits would then be delivered back to them.


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Tipsy Chicken with Beer

Tipsy Chicken with Beer

Tipsy Chicken with Beer


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Cheesy Nachos

Cheesy Nachos

My mother is quite particular when it comes to food, but she was delighed with this snack. The tortillas are smothered with melting chesse, tangy tomatoes, hot chillies and crunchy onion.


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Potato Cakes - Tikki Chaat

 Potato Cakes - Tikki Chaat

This is a northern Indian street snack but makes a great starter. There are all kinds of chaat recipes but this is served simply with a couple of chutneys.


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Manju’s Coconut and Vanilla Chicken Curry

Manju’s Coconut and Vanilla Chicken Curry

I spent an afternoon at Littlepod HQ where my good friend Janet Sawyer taught me how to make eggless scones while I showed her how to use vanilla with coconut in this aromatic curry.


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Chettinad Egg Curry

Chettinad Egg Curry


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Chicken with Spinach - Palak Murgh

Chicken with Spinach - Palak Murgh

Palak Murgh or Chicken Saagwala is traditionally prepared by grinding spinach


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Chicken Jalfrezi - Murgh Jalfrezi

Chicken Jalfrezi - Murgh Jalfrezi

Jalfrezi is a dish in which meat or vegetables are fried in oil and spices to produce a thick dry sauce with peppers, onions and fresh green chillies added.


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Sali Murgh - Spicy Chicken Curry

Sali Murgh - Spicy Chicken Curry

Sali Murgh or Sali Margi is a curry based dish usually made for special occasions, such as weddings and festivals.


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