Tandoori Chicken and Homemade Naan

          How time does fly! It feels as though I just blogged my last recipe the other day. But it’s been a rather jam packed few weeks. The last week of May especially in my mind now is just a manic blur of work, deadlines and other commitments. The 1 week break from school came as a much needed respite, and though my lack of posting boiled down to technological restraints, being “unplugged” for a few days felt quite refreshing. I sometimes get the urge to just throw away all pieces of technology and just live under a rock on a farm, but to be honest, I think I’m too much of a city girl slash technophile to ever really survive such a lifestyle. I suppose the key is finding the right balance, but that’s the secret to pretty much everything in life, right?  

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Ayr maas di aloo ar khomlar bakhol (Bengali Fish Curry with Potato and Orange)

        Happy Monday, readers! I don’t know about you, but last week flew by for me. I fully intended on posting a few more times last week, but somehow time eluded me. And it was a bit of a strange, up and down week, to be honest.   

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, I was awoken by a mosquito buzzing around my ear. I know what you’re thinking, are you vacationing in some exotic resort, Abida? The answer is no, dear reader,  I’m still in the concrete jungle of London, and the temperature has hardly been sweltering. It was only when I got out of bed and looked in the mirror that I realised that I had been bit on my eyelid, and my whole left eye had swollen up as a result. I looked like something between Quasimodo and a heavyweight boxer. Not an attractive sight at all.   

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Meat and Potato Curry

  I am really not a Monday person. =&0=&

Meat and Potato Curry

Serves 6-10

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes

by Abida at The Red Lychee

Ingredients:

1 kg of mutton/lamb diced into chunks
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
One and half medium onions
4 cloves of garlic, minced/grated
1 inch piece of ginger, minced/grated
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick/cassia bark snapped into pieces
3 green cardamoms
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
1-1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin
2 medium potatoes cut into large chunks
Handful of Coriander
Salt to season
Water

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Simple Chicken Curry

Did you know that Bangladeshis run 85-90% of all Indian restaurants in the UK? Despite the notoriety attached to curry strips like Brick Lane, the amount of authentic Bangladeshi cuisine out there  remains limited. Enter me. I am here to bring you a taste of some real Bangladeshi home cooking that has been handed down through the generations. And let me tell you this, home cooking is 150% better than anything you will try in an Indian restaurant. Let’s start off with my version of an everyday chicken curry, which is found in most Bangladeshi households. This is something that can easily be adapted to include lots of other vegetables, such as potato, with a few tweaks. As it is an everyday curry, it does not feature any heavy creams or sauces and can easily be knocked up in an hour. This curry is packed with flavour and the gentle heat is perfect to warm you up in these cold winter evenings.  

It all starts off with a few simple ingredients. Onion, garlic and ginger are our staples for any meat or chicken curry base along with a few ground spices. My three whole spices, cinnamon, bay leaves and cardamon are also always included in any curry including meat or chicken. The three add a sweetness and fragrance that complements the heat of the chilli powder.

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