Red Chutney – Red chilli and garlic based
Red chutney is my personal favourite and a favourite at home. Like many, this one too starts off with coconut. It is made with only red chillies, ginger, garlic and coconut. A tadka of channa dal, urad dal, mustard seeds and curry leaves are added for some crunch and texture. And look how pretty it is!
Spaghetti in Marinara and Fresh Basil
Sure, you wouldn’t need a recipe for a basic marinara sauce for your bowl of spaghetti. But I wanted to share this anyway because it tasted great. Lots of garlic and good tomatoes make for a simple yet delicious sauce. Fresh basil gives the dish freshness. I added some dried thyme and paprika as well. Tossing the cooked spaghetti in this sauce and topping it with fresh basil and grated cheese turned a dull midweek day lunch into a delicious meal. Bowl-lickable is what I’d call it.
Pork Masala – Hot and sour pork curry
I don’t know what to call this – pork masala or hot and sour pork curry. Either way, it turned out pretty good. It was surprising to see boneless pork on Bigbasket the other day and I ordered some. Sunday lunch was this pork masala and it was finger-licking good. As always, I rely on freshly ground spice mixtures and I made one for this curry too. I’ve made pork bafat or Mangalorean style pork before with freshly ground bafat powder. This one though is very different. I wanted something sour and spicy.
Mutton Curry with Potatoes
Most Bengali and Mangalorean households swear by potatoes in their mutton curries. I don’t know the origin of how it came to be, and I won’t get into it right now. Well, when something tastes good, you’ve got to let it be. There are many mutton curries out there and I have made several ones myself. The best part about mutton is that it gives such great flavour to the gravy so it tastes great the next day even. I made this one with a robust spice mix that has all things good from my spice cabinet. I added coconut and some khus khus to thicken the curry.
Chicken in Lemon Garlic Sauce Recipe
First off, I was plain lazy to cook something elaborate on a Saturday. To top that, the humidity in Gurgaon right now makes me want to crawl into my air conditioner. You can imagine the kitchen. That’s why something quick was the need of the afternoon. All I had was chicken, garlic, one too many lemons and coconut milk. You see how red it is? I simply added a couple of teaspoons of tomato puree. You could add any kind of tomato-based sauce or paste, it would work.
Chilli Onion Jam – For sandwiches, soups, stir frys
I love making pastes and sauces at home. They’re really great to turn up flavours in any dish a few notches up. I’ve made harissa, bacon and onion jam, Thai peanut sauce and more. This chilli onion jam I made was essentially for sandwiches so they’re not just tasty but also have a hearty filling. It’s great on toast as it it or with a fried egg on top. There’s a lot more I can use it for but now let’s just enjoy a good egg sandwich with this delicious, sticky, sweet and spicy chilli onion jam.
A few days ago I ordered a pack of udon noodles from Amazon on a whim. I love trying different kinds of noodles as long as they’re not a pain to cook. I’d seen several udon noodle recipes but almost all of them were made with fresh udon noodles. Fresh ones are much plumper, thicker and whiter than their dried counterparts. They looked like they could soak up any sauce in seconds. The dried ones though didn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved them. They’re thicker, flatter and chewier than regular noodles. And tasted fantastic with the chicken I made.
I’ve made tahini before and only because all recipes of hummus calls for some. And without it, hummus is simply a chickpea mush without flavour. The last time I made it, I didn’t entirely grasp the versatility of tahini. I didn’t stop to take a whiff while it was freshly blitzed and still in the blender. This time I did and it smelled amazing. So nutty you might think it’s peanut butter or something. And it made it correctly this time as opposed to rushing it.
I’ve only tasted harissa in restaurant dishes and have always loved it. Harissa is basically a North African condiment made with different kinds of chillies, garlic and spices. There are multiple recipes out there and most of them have the same base ingredients but different chillies. I happen to follow a former Masterchef Australia contestant Rose Adam on Instagram and she posted an Insta story of harissa paste in the making. It was too easy to pass so I wanted to make some of my own.
Ever since I saw Nigella Lawson whizz some pineapple and plump red chillies in a processor on TV to make chilli jam, I’ve wanted to make something close. Hey, if you can have pineapple on your pizza, you can sure get through this one. I made this sauce with fresh pineapple (hate cutting it though) and fresh red chillies. And boy were those chillies hot. This sauce can be used in stir-frys, salads, sandwiches and more. It’s a tad chunky but quite delicious. The heat from the chillies and the sweetness from the pineapple work great together.