On a recent trip to Mexico I dined out on Tacos a lot. I discovered that they could come in a variety of forms- sometimes with a soft tortilla, sometimes a crispier shell and sometimes wrapped. I never knew which version I was going to get, but they were all delicious. I particularly enjoyed them in a small cafe in Merida- it looked nothing from the outside but the Tacos definitely were up there with the best. These are from ” The Road to Mexico” by Rick Stein and make a great starter.
A recent trip to Mexico introduced me to a much wider range of Mexican food than I had previously sampled. These fried tortilla chips with salsa and cheese are a great way to use up stale tortillas which are cut in triangles then fried or baked . They are known as totopos and frequently appeared on breakfast buffets. This recipe is for the green sauce version and I found it in ” The Road to Mexico” by Rick Stein. It would usually be served with a spoonful or two of refried beans.
A favourite recipe from the Gujerati Parsi community which I found in ” A Taste of India” by Madhur Jaffrey.
A creamy and lightly spiced curry from Columbo to serve with rice or bread. The recipe is from Das Sreedharan, chef/ owner of Rasa restaurants. I found it in the book ” Curry” which includes recipes from a number of chefs and is published by Dorling Kindersley.
These spicy scrambled eggs make a simple and delicious breakfast and can be served with chappatis or toast as you prefer. The recipe is from ” Ammu” by Asma Khan.
A quick supper especially if you have a glut of ripe tomatoes readily available. If you dont have fresh tomatoes use tinned whole plum tomatoes, drained of their liquid. If you like you can add peas to the gravy. You could also use mozzarella cheese instead of the eggs and finish under the grill. Serve with naan or bread to mop up the juices. The recipe is from ” Ammu” by Asma Khan,
This spicy kabab inside a bun is a very popular street food in some regions of India and can be cooked on a barbecue if you prefer. Lamb or minced beef can be used instead of chicken, but you may need to adjust the cooking time. You can add Pineapple and Chilli Chutney, Coriander and Mint Chutney or Garlic and Chilli chutney.The recipe is from ” Ammu” by Asma Khan.
Another recipe from ” Ammu” by Asma Khan. The gravy is quite thick so its very good served with rotis, but you can also serve it with rice. It can also be made with lamb or beef, but you need to extend the marinating and cooking times.
These Kababs can be cooked on a barbecue or grilled indoors. The chicken could also be cooked without skewers spread out on a foil covered baking tin under a preheated medium grill. The recipe is from ” Ammu” by Asma Khan and she recommends serving them with her Spinach with Spiced Yoghurt and her Special Potatoes.
This is a Pashtun dish originating from the North West Frontier between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Its popularity spread into the cities of Pakistan and then to certain families in Dhaka in Bangladesh who would serve it on special occassions. This version is from ” Ammu” by Asma Khan
This recipe from Rachel Roddy could be served with drinks, as a starter or as part of a spread.
A traditional Bengali recipe from ” Ammu” by Asma Khan.
Another favourite from Bengal which I found in Asma Khan’s ” Ammu”. With British and Portuguese influences recipes like this would have originated as railway meals for the colonial elite, but later spread to the general public.
A Bengali dish from Asma Khan’s ” Ammu” whicj is served with rice and dal. You need to use standard white potatoes, not new potatoes or floury ones. If you cant find small prawns use larger ones and cut them into 1 cm pieces.
A warming, hearty and seasonal gratin from Yotam Ottolenghi. You can vary the vegetables using the same total weight, but these work very well together. Cut the vegetables into 2mm thick slices, using a mandolin if you need to.