Kashmiri Masala paste

Ingredients

9th September

  • Whole spices
    • 2 ½ tsp coriander seeds
    • 1 ½ tsp fennel seeds
    • 2 ½ tsp cumin seeds
    • ½ tsp black peppercorns
    • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
    • 2 bay leaves
  • Ground spices
    • 1 tbsp paprika
    • 3 tbsp Kashmiri chili powder
    • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
    • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
    • pinch ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (plus more if required)
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar

Method

  1. Heat a frying pan over medium high heat.
  2. Roast the whole spices until they become fragrant (stop if they start to smoke).
  3. Remove the spices from the heat, allow to cool then grind to a fine powder and combine with the ground spices.
  4. In a frying pan, add the spice mixture, garlic, and about 4 tbsp water and stir into a paste.
  5. Add the oil and cook over a medium heat.
  6. Stir continuously until the oil separates and the mixture starts to darken a little. One or two minutes should be enough. Add more water if it gets too hot.
  7. Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar.
  8. Spoon the masala into a jar.
  9. This will keep in the fridge for a few months.

Pickled peppers

Ingredients

pickle

  • 16 chili peppers
  • For the brine:
    • 5 cups of vinegar (5% acidity)
    • 1 cup of water
    • 2 tbsp sugar
    • 2 tbsp canning/kosher/sea salt (pure salt)
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • 2 bay leaves

Method

  1. put all the brine ingredients in a pan and bring to boil dissolving the sugar
  2. stuff peppers in jar
  3. add brine – allow 1/2″ headspace
  4. use butter knife to remove air
  5. (allow to cool)
  6. add treated lid
  7. Either boil in water an 1″ over the top (canning) or store in fridge

Kettle Tom Yum soup (for the office)

Soup mix (prepared in advance)

Ingredients3rd September

  • Nam Prik Pao (see recipe) or Jaipur paste (see recipe)
  • Chicken stock gel (Knorr stock pots works well)
  • Fresh chili (for garnish)

Method

  1. Make a batch of Nam Prik Pao chili paste (or Jaipur paste) and divide into to individual portions in 40ml/1.4oz plastic food containers.
  2. Top each one with half a teaspoon of chicken stock gel, and a slice of chili pepper.
  3. Freeze.

On the day

IngredientsInstant noodle soup test run

  • One portion of soup mix (defrosted)
  • Instant noodles (e.g. MAMA Instant Rice Noodles)
  • Protien (cooked prawns, chicken, fish)

Method

  1. Place the soup mix in one bowl and the instant noodles in another.
  2. Add boiling water to both and stir for 3 minutes
  3. Transfer the noodles to the soup (discarding the water the noodles were cooked in)
  4. Add protien of your choice

See also

Jaipur paste

IngredientsJaipur

  • 1 red onion
  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tbsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 tsp whole fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp chili Powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp black peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp whole black mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 fresh red chili pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp water

Method

  1. Remove the outer layer of skin from the onion and cut in half.
  2. Place the onion halves cut side down in a roasting tin smeared with a little oil.
  3. Roast the onions for 20 mins at 180C fan.
  4. Dry roast the whole spices and grind to a fine powder.
  5. Combine the ground spices in a bowl with the vinegar, salt and agave syrup.
  6. Cover and set aside.
  7. When the onions are finished roasting and are nicely caramelised, remove from the oven and allow to cool
  8. Squeeze the onion flesh from the skin and blend to a paste with a fresh chili pepper and a little water
  9. Add this to the spice and vinegar mixture
  10. Heat the oil a large heavy bottom pan over medium heat.
  11. Cook the paste, stirring frequently, until it becomes fragrant and turns dark, 8 to 10 minutes. Add a splash of water if it starts to burn or a little more oil if it starts to stick.

See also

Nam prik pao (Thai chili paste)

IngredientsNamPrikPao

  • 3 shallots
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 dried chilis
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 fresh chili
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp Lemongrass paste
  • Thumb sized piece of ginger
  • Handful of coriander leaves
  • Juice of a lime
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

Method

  1. Roast shallots 180C for 10 mins – add garlic and continue roasting for 10 mins.
  2. Lightly toast the dried chilis (I used Ancho or Guauilla & Mulato).
  3. Rinse the dried shitake mushrooms.
  4. Rehydrate the dried chilis and shitake mushrooms by soaking in boiled water for 15 minutes.
  5. Blend the rehydrated chilis to a fine paste.
  6. Blend (everything except the oil) to a paste.
  7. Taste and add sugar or fish sauce.
  8. Heat the oil a large heavy bottom pan over medium heat.
  9. Cook the paste, stirring frequently, until it becomes fragrant and turns dark. This can take about 20 minutes.
  10. Taste one last time and adjust, to taste.

See also

Carne con Chili

IngredientsCarneConChili

  • 1lb/500g beef (cubed fillet steak or whatever)
  • 2 tbsps of oil
  • 30g tin of anchovies
  • 1 whole dried chile ancho
  • 2 medium onions or 3 small onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 or 2 hot green chilli peppers chopped
  • Seasonal vegetable – like half a romano pepper, half a carrot, or mushrooms
  • 2 tbsps of cumin seeds ground
  • 1 tbsp of chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp of grated cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon of hot paprika
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • ¼ pint/150ml beef stock
  • 1 tsp of agave syrup
  • Bay leaf
  • ½ tsp of oregano
  • 1 tin of black beans (or red kidney beans)

Method

  1. Wipe clean the chile ancho and remove the stem and seeds.
  2. Open out flat and briefly dry roast in a pan on a medium heat until fragrant, then soak in just boiled water for 15 minutes.
  3. Drain and blend to a paste with a splash of water – use the remaining water to make stock.
  4. Fry the anchovies, onions and garlic for a few minutes until tender.
  5. Add the fresh chilli peppers (and any other veg) and fry for another minute.
  6. Add the spices and fry for a few seconds.
  7. Add the meat and stir until all the meat is browned and coated in the spices.
  8. Add the tomato, stock, agave syrup and herbs.
  9. Reduce heat and simmer for half an hour or so (at least).
  10. Add the beans and simmer for a further half an hour.

Nutritional Information

  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 512.8
  • Total Fat: 26.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 17.7 mg
  • Sodium: 715.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 35.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9.8 g
  • Protein: 35.4 g

See also

Lamb Jaipur

(based on a combination of the ingredients list on Itsu Jaipur soup and a Madhur Jaffrey Vindaloo recipe)

You will need…LambJaipur

  • Jaipur paste (see recipe)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2cm cube of fresh ginger
  • 4 tbsps sunflower oil
  • 400g cubed lamb
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1″ cube ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground tumeric
  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 2 tbsps tomato puree
  • Bouquet garni (sage, rosemary, marjoram, thai basil, bay)
  • 1-2 tbsps water

Method

  1. Coarsely chop the garlic and ginger
  2. Blend to a paste with 1-2 tbsps water
  3. Dry the meat off with a paper towel and remove any excess fat
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan
  5. Brown the meat in batches and remove to a bowl using a slotted spoon
  6. Fry the garlic & ginger paste for a few seconds
  7. Add the ground spices and fry for a few seconds more
  8. Add the meat and stir until all the meat is browned and coated in sauce
  9. Add the jaipur paste, stock, tomato puree and herbs
  10. Bring to the boil and simmer for an hour or stick it in the oven at 180C for an hour or so (stirring occasionally)

See also

Pork Vindaloo

based on a Madhur Jaffrey Vindaloo recipe

Ingredients

VindalooAssemblyMethod

  • Vindaloo paste (see recipe)
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2cm cube of fresh ginger
  • 1 fresh red chili pepper (deseeded)
  • 2 tbsps sunflower oil
  • 500g cubed shoulder of pork (or braising steak)
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground tumeric
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • 180ml water

Method

  1. Coarsely chop the garlic, ginger and fresh chili
  2. Blend to a paste with 2-3 tbsps water
  3. Dry the meat off with a paper towel and remove any excess fat
  4. Heat the oil in a pan (if you have just made vindaloo paste, reheat the remaining oil)
  5. Fry the ginger, garlic and chili paste for a few seconds
  6. Add the ground spices and fry for a few seconds more
  7. Add the meat and stir until all the meat is browned and coated in sauce
  8. Add the vindaloo paste and water
  9. Bring to the boil and stick it in the oven at 180C for an hour and a half (stirring occasionally) or cook in a slow cooker on high for 3 hours.

See also

Vindaloo paste

based on a Madhur Jaffrey Vindaloo recipe

Ingredients

BeefVindaloo

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dried red chilli pepper
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 2cm stick cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsps whole black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp whole fenugreek seeds
  • ¼ tsp Chile Ancho Powder
  • ¼ tsp Chile Pasilla Powder
  • ¼ tsp Chile Chipotle Powder
  • ¼ tsp Chile Guajillo Powder
  • 5 tbsps cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsps salt
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 8 tbsps sunflower oil
  • 180g onions (sliced into fine half-rings)
  • 2-3 tbsps water

Method

VindalooPaste

  1. Dry roast the whole spices and grind to a fine powder
  2. Combine in a bowl with the powdered spices, vinegar, salt and sugar
  3. Cover and set aside
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan and stir and fry the onions
  5. Fry the onions until brown and crispy and then blend to a paste with the water
  6. Add to the spice and vinegar mixture
  7. Cover and set aside
  8. Divide the paste into two, use half to make Pork Vindaloo, the other half can be frozen and used another day.

See also

Mutton Rogan Josh

off of Rick Stein

Ingredients

  • 500g mutton on the bone
  • 300ml water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • (1 tsp paprika)
  • 20g clarified butter
  • whole spices
    • 3 green cardamom pods bruised
    • 1” stick of whole cinnamon
    • 1 piece of mace
    • 3 cloves
    • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • ground spices
    • 2 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder
    • 1 tbsp ground coriander
    • 1 tbsp ground cumin
    • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp fennel
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp (100g) yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) cream
  • handful of coriander leaves

Method 1

  1. Slow stew the mutton in water and salt (possibly with paprika or Kashmiri chilli or something red).
  2. Over a gentle heat, melt the butter and fry the whole spices for 1 minute.
  3. Add the onion and fry for 10 minutes until soft and golden. Stir in the garlic and ginger paste and fry for 1 minute. Add the ground spices and fry for 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in the tomato puree, fennel, garam masala and yoghurt.
  5. Add stewed mutton along with the stock from marrow.
  6. Add cream to finish.
  7. Scatter with fresh coriander and serve.

Method 2

  1. Over a gentle heat, melt the butter and fry the whole spices for 1 minute.
  2. Add the onion and fry for 10 minutes until soft and golden. Stir in the garlic and ginger paste and fry for 1 minute. Add the ground spices and fry for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the tomato puree. Add the mutton, water and salt and simmer gently for 1 hour.
  4. Stir in the fennel, garam masala, yoghurt and cream to finish.
  5. Scatter with fresh coriander and serve.

Chili Powder

IngredientsChiliPowder

  • 3 tbsp chile ancho powder
  • 3 tbsp chile pasilla powder
  • 2 tbsp chile chipotle powder
  • 1 tbsp chile guajillo powder
  • 3 tbsp extra hot chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • ½ tsp cayenne

Basic Curry

Ingredients

  • Whole spices
    • pinch caraway
    • pinch fenugreek
    • pinch fennel
    • 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds
    • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
    • 1 tsp coriander seeds
    • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
    • 1/4 tsp white peppercorns
    • 1 clove
  • Ground spices
    • 1/2 tsp tumeric
    • 1 heaped tsp Chilli Powder
    • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2″ cube of ginger
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • diced chicken
  • 2 medium onions (chopped)
  • half a bell pepper (chopped)
  • 3-4 chilli peppers (chopped)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 20 curry leaves

Method

  1. Heat casserole dish (24cm Le Creuset).
  2. Dry roast whole spices for grinding.
  3. After 30 seconds or so, remove the spices from the heat and grind.
  4. Add the ground spices.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Blend the garlic and ginger with the cider vinegar and 1 tbsp water.
  7. Set aside.
  8. Reheat the pan and add 2 or 3 tbsp oil.
  9. Toss in the cinnamon and cardamom.
  10. Fry the onions for five minutes and remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl.
  11. Fry the bell pepper and chilli peppers for a minute and remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl.
  12. Fry the ground spice mixture for a few seconds.
  13. Add the garlic and ginger paste and stir for another few seconds.
  14. Add the pieces of chicken to the pan and stir to coat in the spice mixture.
  15. Add the onion and peppers.
  16. Add the chopped tomatoes, 3/4 can water, generous pinch of salt, bay leaves, and curry leaves.
  17. Stir.
  18. Reduce heat
  19. Simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.