Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

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I have a butternut squash and apple soup for Meatless Monday today. A hearty soup, using autumnal produce and spiced with earthy cumin and just a hint of a chilli kick to warm you up. There is only a little bit of apple in the soup, so you can’t really taste it very strongly, but it does give a little bit of a sweetness that works well with the squash and contrasts the heat of the chilli. I used a golden delicious apple, as that’s what we had on hand, but I think a slightly tart green apple like Granny Smith would be great.  I added milk to add just a little bit of creaminess (because creamy soups are always a winner) but you can omit it or use coconut milk for a vegan version.   Read more

Tandoori Chicken Biryani

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Hello, all. Welcome to biryani recipe 240349304 on the interwebs. You might be wondering, well Abida, what makes your biryani recipe so different from all the other ones out there?? Well, I’ll tell you exactly what, discerning readers. It’s the fact that I have struggled to get to this point of a publishable biryani recipe that I can confidently share with other people. It has been a year long journey for me of trials, tribulation and hyperventilation. I should add a side note here that being Bangladeshi, biryanis are not really a traditional food as it is in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. It is usually more common for us to prepare a pilau or yakhni dish. And yep that is my very legitimate excuse that I am using before sharing my embarassing biryani making woes…

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Bhaingan Bhorta (Aubergine Chutney)

  I can often have a glut of things in the fridge or food cupboard. At the moment, it’s spinach, which I accidentally bought an extra bag of (ideas for a recipe, anyone?). As the title implies, on this particular occasion, I had a few extra baby aubergines lurking around in the fridge. In the end, I decided to use them to make a quick and simple bhorta (or Satni as we call it in the area of Bangladeshi my family are from), which would loosely translate to chutney in English. In simple terms, it is just a process of mashed aubergines/eggplant along with some onion, chilli and coriander. I decided to leave the aubergines slightly chunky for a bit of texture rather than completely puree them. A subtle smokey taste is added to the dish by pan roasting the aubergine and onion.    

Though a simple and economical dish, bhortas are a great alternative to curries as they are light and fresh tasting. As you can eat them cold, they are great for warmer days when you might not fancy eating something hot. There is just a hint of spice from the fresh green chillis and the few drops of mustard oil, however it is subtle and complements the overall fresh notes of the bhorta.

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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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