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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Bengali Sweet Yoghurt

Mishti Doi or Sweet Yoghurt is a popular and traditional Bengali and Indian dessert.. In this easy to prepare dessert, the milk base is cooked on the stove with cardamom  and brown sugar for a caramel taste before being baked in the oven to set. It is then topped with chopped pistachio.  A great dessert that can be made in advance for a party or gathering. Great for Eid.

How’s your weekend going readers? I kind of wish it could last just a teeny bit longer. I have another sweet recipe for you today, one that is really popular with us Bangladeshis and Bengalis. Mishti doi translates literally translates into sweet yoghurt. Flavoured with aromatic cardamom and topped with crunchy pistachio, it is slightly sweet with the slight tang from the curd and is a great dessert for when you want something that is light and easy to convenient to serve. It’s great to serve for company as you can prepare it the night before and leave it in the fridge until the next day. 

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