Black Eyed Beans with Spinach and Dill (6)

A recipe with Persian influences from the Sindh region of Pakistan to serve with rice and pickles of your choice. The souring ingredient is the dried persian lime which you can get in middle eastern grocers or many supermarkets. To use, crack open and discard the black insides and any seeds, then lightly crush the dried pulp. The recipe is from ” Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible”.

Samosa Chaat (10)

A very special recipe for Diwali ( or any other time) from ” Zaika” by Romy Gill. Romy has a restaurant in Thornbury near Bristol which has been on my go to list for a while. The story goes that when restaurant critic Grace Dent of the Guardian was asked what her desert island dish would be she said Romy Gill’s Samosa Chaat. I need say no more! If you cannot get Haldiram’s Aloo Bhujia ( try supermarkets or Indian grocery stores) then you can use roasted peanuts. You can also use any vegetable samosas if you dont want to make them yourself.