It’s All About Mum’s Coriander Chutney!

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I have been eating this yummy chutney all my life but it is now, how much I appreciate my mum’s cooking even more! Knowing how difficult it is, running a household, working and looking after children, she made it look so easy. I have been blessed with two wonderful parents who both know how to cook and always make us food even today if we let on we are slightly hungry!

This coriander chutney is simplicity at its best. Mum has been delivering pots of the wonder stuff recently as I am on a chutney phase! I have been enjoying it in sandwiches. With Indian food and now in a melted cheese bagel! Try it for yourselves friends and do let me know…I will give the feedback to my Mum! Much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 bunch of fresh coriander
2~3 green chillies medium hot
2 tbsp fine grinded peanut powder
Salt to taste
Lemon to taste

Grated mature cheddar cheese
Bagels (I had red onion and chive)

METHOD
For the chutney

~ Blend all the ingredients together into a paste, season with the lemon and salt

~ Slice the bagel in half, toast on the grill. Spread the chutney on one half. Top with cheddar cheese

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~ Sandwich together and grill in a panini maker. I used my Optigrill on a medium heat and toasted it until the cheese had melted into the chutney

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~ Serve with some coleslaw or salad

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A Savoury Cake For Christmas

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Yesterday I had an appointment at my Dentist to have a wisdom tooth taken out! Ouch!!! I’m ok, but can’t wait to eat again normally. Though my Mum as lovely and considerate as she always is! Made me this wonderful sour spiced savoury cake. So fluffy and soft that I was able to enjoy it!

Known as Handvo it is a baked dish with various lentil and rice flours, sesame seeds and spices. A traditional Gujarati recipe allows for it to ferment for a few hours but this particular recipe, is my Mum’s very own instant handvo mix. She makes it frequently and very often takes it over to friends and family. Everyone who eats it always asks for this gorgeous recipe, so I took the chance to share this with everyone!

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I definitely get my love of food and cooking from both my parents but my Mum has a knack to distinguish flavours from dishes she may eat at a restaurant and very much replicates it at home. You can see her mind ticking as she is tasting various dishes and her amazing palette is taking it all in. This way I have always had a variety of different foods that our Mum has brought us up on. I now too am able to do the same for my family! Thanks Mum for all that you do! Love you xxxx

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INGREDIENTS

2 cups coarse semolina
2 tbsp wheatflour
2 tbsp rice flour
2 tbsp yellow corn flour
2 tbsp gram flour
½ cup sunflower oil
1 cup sour natural yoghurt
½ cup frozen peas
¾ cup frozen sweetcorn
Handful of chopped fenugreek leaves
1 medium potato grated
1 medium onion grated
1 courgette grated
1 green chilli finely sliced
2 cloves garlic crushed
1½ tsp grated ginger
1½ tsp salt or to taste
3 tbsp Eno fruit salt
Sesame seeds

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 180°c/350°f and lightly grease a deep rectangular oven dish (lasagne dish)

• In a large mixing bowl combine all the different flours, add all the other ingredients apart from the eno and stir as you go along. Ensuring all is mixed well

• Add in the eno and a little water to form a drop like consistency, mix quickly and transfer into a greased deep rectangular oven dish, sprinkle with a handful of sesame seeds

• Place in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until top is nice and golden and when poked the skewer comes out clean

• Leave to cool in the dish and after 10 minutes slice up into chunks

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