Basboosa Cake

This semolina and almond cake, known as basbousa/basboosa/hareesa is a popular Middle Eastern cake. This light and airy sponge is soaked with a sugar syrup with lemon and rosewater to ensure it is deliciously moist. This cake is so easy to bake and can be whipped up in one bowl! Serve with tea or coffee. Great for Eid.

A Middle Eastern Almond and Semolina cake that is light and airy, and soaked in a sugar syrup with rosewater and lemon to ensure it stays deliciously moist. It pairs well with a good cup of tea or coffee and is often served at special occasions such as Eid. This is a super easy (almost foolproof) cake that can be whipped up in just one bowl. Less washing up? That’s always a yes!  In fact the trickiest thing about the cake is figuring out what to call it in English. Basboosa or Basbousa? Hareesa or Haresah?

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Chilli Paneer

Chilli Paneer - a sweet and sour Indo-Chinese fusion dish. Cubes of traditional vegetarian Indian cheese are battered and then fried until crispy and golden. Then it is cooked with onins and garlic in a spicy and sweet chilli sauce. Makes a great appetizer or side dish. Use tofu or cauliflower for vegan version.

Chilli paneer is a popular vegetarian Indo-Chinese appetiser or side dish. Cubes of paneer (a hard cheese) are battered and then fried until golden and crispy. It is then cooked off in a sweet and sour chilli sauce with the addition of bell pepper. It tastes great on it own but you can pair it with fried rice or noodles like my Indonesian fried noodles for a quick and easy Friday night dinner.

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Mutton Biryani

An aromatic and fragrant layered rice dish, topped with caramelised onions. This biryani is made with tender mutton or lamb meat, cooked with a rang of whole and ground spices. This is more spicy in terms of aromatic rather than being hot and fiery. The rice is flavoured with spices such as whole cumin, black cardamom, whole peppercorns and cinnamon. The rice is perfectly cooked and the addition of ghee ensures that the biryani is not at all dry. A very easy recipe to serve to guests with a meat masala that can be

A buttery and aromatic biryani dish that is spicy without the heat but jam packed with complementary flavours. Cooked with tender cubes of lamb or mutton, this is a rice dish that you can partly prepare the night before to cut down on cooking stress. The biryani is flavoured with a range of whole and ground spices included cumin, black cardamom and whole black peppercorns. It’s then topped off with caramelised onions that adds some extra sweetness to the dish.  

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Bengali Chicken and Potato Curry

Chicken and potato curry - a simple and flavour packed staple of Bengali and Bangladeshi home cooking. Unlike in some other Indian recipes, the gravy or jhol is rich and loose. The curry is flavoured with a mix of whole and ground spices such as cumin, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. A much loved recipe for dinner.

Chicken and potato curries are one of the staples of traditional Bangladeshi home cooking and is a dish served on a very regular basis. Flavoured with a range of ground and whole spices including cumin, cinnamon and cardamom and cooked in a rich gravy. It’s one of those curries that you need to have in your reperitoire. And if you can cook a good chicken curry then you have the basis to adapt it and try lots of other varieties. I say this from my very own personal experience!

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CLOSED Giveaway: Ahmad Tea Set

I'm doing a giveaway of this beautiful tea chest containing 4 types of black tea and comes in a lovely gold tea caddy.

How’s your Monday going, readers? I’m back today with my second giveaway of this month to mark my first year of blogging. This time I have two beautiful tea and caddy sets courtesy of the love people at Ahmad Tea to give away to 2 winners. They have a really great selection of teas on their website which are really affordable and you should definitely check out. 

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