Bored of Onion Bhajis? Try these!

Yes we all love onion bhajis in the UK but how many can we possibly eat? OK we can eat a lot but have you ever been tempted to try something different? These are potato bhajis and are super simple to make. They are incredibly crispy and can be a great snack or starter when you have people over. These are my absolute favourite and is something that your friends and family will just love. Just watch them fly out of the bowl!

Every Gujarati person will have their own recipe for this dish, but this is how I made mine.

Potato Bhaji Bhavisha Surti

I peeled two or three medium potatoes and sliced them as thin as possible. If you have a food processor or a slicer that can do it for you then I highly recommend it, if not a good old knife will do the trick. Just watch your fingers.

In a bowl, mix the following ingredients:

  1. 2 heaped tbsp Gram flour (chickpea flour)
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1tsp turmeric
  4. 1tsp chilli powder
  5. 1tsp coriander and cumin powder
  6. 1 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  7. 1/2 tsp green chilli (chopped)
  8. A handful of chopped coriander

I don’t really use measurements so these are just a guide, if you don’t like spicy food then you don’t have to add chilli, just adjust the recipe to your taste. Add enough cold water to make a pancake batter consistency and then add the sliced potatoes and make sure they are all coated evenly.

And that is it. All you have to do now is carefully drop each slice of potato coated in the batter into a deep fat fryer or a pan filled with oil. They will only take a few minutes to cook and will come out nice and crispy!

Take this from me, if you are the one making these then try not to eat them all as soon as they come out of the fryer or you will get a stomach ache. But it was worth it…

Serve with a spicy chutney or ketchup for those who don’t like it too hot. Enjoy!

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Friday Night Curry…Butter Chicken

With all this hype about how butter is now good for us, I couldn’t not cook butter chicken and share it with all you lovely people. Now I don’t know if butter is good for us, bad for us, or simply tormenting us but what I do know is that it’s delicious and seems to make everything taste better. But yes, everything in moderation I can hear you say.

I based this dish from Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube video on butter chicken by Maunika but gave it my own spin. It’s such a delicious dish and if you are not a fan of very spicy curries, then you have to give this one a try.

I basically followed this recipe but used Pataks Kashmiri spice paste rather than a powder. You can get this in most of the supermarkets and it gives the curry a great flavour.

I marinated the chicken (for the whole day) in yoghurt, ginger, garlic and chilli paste, tomato puree, Kashmiri paste, lemon, salt, chilli powder turmeric, ground cumin and coriander powder. I then placed the chicken on skewers and cooked it in the oven to get nice and charred.

To make the sauce I fried a chopped onion in some butter, and once browned I then added a chopped tomato, ginger, garlic and chilli paste, tomato puree and the Kashimiri paste. I added different spices such as turmeric, chilli powder, cumin, coriander powder and let this cook into a thick paste. Next I added about 100ml of single cream to give the sauce a creamy taste. I let the sauce down with some boiling water and let it simmer. I preferred to do this than use lots of double cream so I would feel less guilty!

Once the chicken is charred I added it to the sauce alongside all its juices and its done! Add some fresh coriander and serve with naan bread or chapatis and basmati rice. Delicious!

If you are vegetarian you can always make this sauce and use hearty veg such as cauliflower and sweet potato. I like my curries a bit spicy but if you don’t then you don’t have to add any chilli, but go on…spice up your life! (Gosh that was cheesy)

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Unusual ingredients…Okra?!

It may be unusual to you, but to me I grew up eating Okra. I actually went through a mad phase of demanding my Mum to cook it once a week for me (is that weird?). My brother however is not a fan! I like to discover new ingredients whenever I can, otherwise I would just get stuck eating the same old thing.

Okra is a great vegetable, slightly weird and wonderful! Some people get put off by its texture or they don’t how to cook it. I grew up eating it chopped up with onions, potatoes, garlic, ginger, chilli and some indian spices. Served with some fresh chapatis, its delicious! There are loads of recipes out there with different variations, but this is how I have always eaten it. If you can’t make chapatis, it will taste just as good with some basmati rice or naan bread.

It’s good to mix it up in the kitchen. I get incredibly bored and don’t like to have the same old food week in week out. Unless its a classic, I will always try and adapt a recipe or try something different. That’s not to say it works every time though! Do you like to try different dishes each week? Let me know!

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Homemade Onion Bhaji’s

So I’ve been building up my portfolio and for me that means more cooking! I decided to stick to my roots and cook something from my background. So I thought what does everyone love to eat?

The British tend to love onion bhaji’s so I thought I’d give it a go. I didn’t realise just how easy they are to make. I figured out that the key ingredient is chickpea flour because that gives it a golden crisp coating. And they are best eaten hot off the fryer!

Just mix chickpea flour with water to make a pancake batter consistency, and add salt, turmeric, chilli powder, garlic and ginger paste, green chillies and coriander. And a pinch of baking powder. Chop up the onions into thin strips (about 2-3cm long) and coat it in the batter. And then you are ready to fry! I served it with a cucumber and fresh mint yogurt dip, which cools down the spicy bhaji.

Now I know it’s a bit of a naughty treat, but what’s life without a treat hey?

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My work so far…

Here are some examples of my work so far…still have lots to learn but I like to think I am on the right track (hopefully!). You can see more of my work on my website here.  Let me know what you think! I suddenly feel peckish…

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