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”.

Lentils with Pomegranate and Cashews (4)

My friend Angela introduced me to this colourful and healthy all in one daal from Rukmini Iyer’s ” The Green Roasting Tin”. It was so good i had to cook it myself a few days later, omitting the cashews and serving with sausages. But it is also very good on its own, served with naan or rice. I was a bit doubtful that the lentils would cook properly in the oven, but they were perfect.

Chickpea Salad (4)

A spicy fresh salad from ” Moro:the Cookbook” by Sam and Sam Clark. Serve as part of a mezze or with meat or fish. You can replace the dried chickpeas with two rinsed and drained 400g cans if wished.

Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry (4)

1 organic cauliflower2 tsp garam masala
3 medium onions, chopped courselyGood pinch chilli flakes
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped1 tin chopped tomatoes
1” ginger, peeled & finely chopped1 tin organic chickpeas, drained
2 tsps ground coriander2 tbsps fresh coriander, chopped
2 star aniseedButter
Small handful fresh curry leaves 
Break the cauliflower into large florets, removing tough stalks. Cook the cauliflower in boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain and return to pan. Cover to keep warm. Heat about 1 tbsp butter in a saucepan and add the onion, garlic and ginger. Saute gently until golden brown. Add the dried spices and cook for 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and chickpeas and stir well. Add the cauliflower plus 100ml cold water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until the cauliflower is cooked. Sprinkle in the chopped coriander and serve with steamed rice.

Jalfrezi Peppers with Chickpeas (4)

Last nights supper was this easy curry from ” New Kitchen Basics” by Claire Thomson. She suggests serving with plain rice or Indian flatbreads, but i substituted couscous and that worked well. Either way accompany with some Indian chutney and/or pickles if you have them.