Smoky Spicy Chicken Rice

Well you can’t have a chilli, spice and rice website without the occasional rice recipe!Here’s the Smoky, spicy chicken rice! This one pot rice cooker meal might just make you smile, a big fat contented smile. This is what I call comfort food, a bowl of rice studded with colourful veg, speckled with herbs and…

Cheesy Chilli Baked Beans Baguette

Two things I love together, baked beans and cheese and onion. One of my favourite lunchtime meals was always the cheese and onion pasty with lashings of beans over it. A good season of salt and pepper and I was always over the moon. So here’s my way of bringing those 2 components together to…

Flat Bean And Potato Fry/Shim Aloo Bhaji

Looking for a quick I dish to go with your menu? Flat bean and potato fry /Aloo shim bhaji! This is a brilliant vegetarian side using potatoes and flat beans. Other than the prep it’s the usual simple bhaji style dish popular in Bengali households. The ingredients are always extremely limited with very little cook…

Okra Stirfry Dharosh Bhaji

Here’s something mighty easy…Dharosh bhaji or Okra fry. These little beauties are also called Dhyarosh in Bengali and known as bhindi or ladies fingers because of their delicate and dainty design. A bit more on Dharosh and other veg can be found here Lets Talk about Indian Vegetables – and Tips Okra has a sweet,…

Potatoes with Moong Dal And Dill/Sholpa Diye Aloo Moong Niramish

INGREDIENTS: 5 small to medium potatoes 2 bay leaves3 tablespoons moong soaked½ cup dill finely chopped stems separate2 whole dry red chilies1 tsp panch puran1/2 teaspoon turmeric1 tsp lemon juicesalt to taste2 tbsp oil3 green chillies slit2 tbsp ghee For Temper:This is optional but I like the fragrant aroma it imparts to the dish. 1 tbsp oil1/2 tsp panch puran METHOD: Soak 3 tablespoons of moong daal in hot…

Sausage, Leek And Potato Bake

Serves 2/3 6 sausages of your choice1 chicken stock cube2 leeks, trimmed and sliced6 small potatoes1 onion sliced5 cloves of garlic minced1 tsp black pepper3 green chillies chopped1 tsp chilli flakesHandfull of fresh chopped flat parlseyWater3 tbsp oilSalt to taste Heat the oven at 180 deg. PREP: Peel and cut your potatoes into 1 inch…

Babaganoush

Baba ghanoush, also spelled baba ganoush or baba ghanouj, is a Levantine appetizer consisting of mashed cooked eggplant, olive oil, lemon juice, various seasonings, and sometimes tahini. The eggplant is traditionally baked or broiled over an open flame before peeling, so that the pulp is soft and has a smoky taste. It is a typical…

Keema Lasagne

Western food is always spiced up in our homes. So its no differrent with the classic lasagne.  We as a generation have been adapting our cuisine for decades and this keema Lasagne has always been extremely popular…even when I substitute the pasta sheets for aubergines or courgettes. I personally think the curried keema simply elevates…

Paneer Chorchori

Paneer chorchori, oh yes! Bengali Cuisine is so flavourful, delicious and wholesome. A versatile dish – ‘ Chorchori’ is loaded with flavours of whole spices. You can serve this mixed vegetable dish as a side to rotis or rice. Chorchori, Chochchori or Charchari is an extremely flexible Bengali vegetarian dish that can be cooked in…

Soya Chunks, Cauliflower and Potato Rosha

Soya Chunks, Cauliflower and Potato Rosha. A Bengali Rosha is a dish which has a predominance and emphasis on a Bengali gharam masala which consists of cardamom and cinnamon made into a paste.This can be substituted by grinding cardamom seeds in their husks and cinnamon stick in order to provide that unique flavour which defines…