Shahi potato curry

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The Potato curry is a much loved dish in Indian food. The usual Bombay potatoes always appears on an Indian menu.
I thought I would make this curry tangy and spicy, with the warmth of ginger that comes through with every mouthful. The aromatic Shahi masala transforms this potato curry with its blend of cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, mace and star anise to name but a few, into a stunning and original new potato curry ~ Enjoy x

INGREDIENTS

15 new baby potatoes
1 medium onion
3 garlic cloves
1 inch piece of ginger peeled
1 small green chilli
1 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
2 cloves
pinch of asafoetida
200g tomato passata/crushed tomato
1 level tsp salt
1 heaped tsp shahi masala
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp ground cumin & coriander powder
pinch of turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp sugar
A little water

METHOD

1. Parboil the potatoes until slightly tender, should take about 10-12 minutes. Drain and crush potatoes a little and set aside

2. Grind the onion, ginger, garlic and chilli in a food processor to a paste consistency

3. Heat oil in a large saucepan with the mustard, cumin seeds, cloves and asafoetida. Once seeds start to pop mix in the onion paste. Throw in the salt this will stop the paste from catching. Reduce to a low flame and cook for 2 minutes

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4. Sprinkle in the rest of the dry seasoning, cook and cover for a further 5 minutes.

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Pour in the tomato passata and stir in sugar, to take the edge off the acidity from the passata. Bring to a boil and reduce to the lowest flame, cover and cook for a further 5 minutes

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5. At this point you may need to add a little water to loosen out the sauce. Combine the par boiled potatoes into the sauce and gently combine, avoiding breaking the potatoes. You may wish to crush them a little further to ensure better infusion of flavours

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6. Cook curry covered on a low flame for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Once done serve with buttered pitta bread

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Instant Chilli Cheese Garlic Bread!

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All of you by now will know that, when I get a craving for something, there is no stopping me. I listen to my body when wanting certain foods. But have to control the naughty cravings! 😉 For example I find that if I’m craving oranges or something orange flavoured, I’m lacking in Vitamin C or a cold could be pending. I got in tune with my body a lot at the time I was pregnant. You feel free to eat almost whatever you want and I felt my body was literally communicating with me via cravings.

I would picture, say a passion fruit and could already yearn for it on my palette, and that actually did happen. My husband and I were driving back from my friends place and I was about 7 months pregnant. I told him to stop the car at the parade of shops and see if he could buy me some passion fruit from the green grocers. The best he could do was a sour hitting can of sparkling passion fruit juice. He had bought me a six pack knowing that I would want more! He knows me too well! Lol!

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Here I am sharing with you all, some cheesy chilli garlic bread that was the result of a craving I was having for garlic bread and how it worked wonders..always simple but extremely satisfying…give it a go!

INGREDIENTS

Plain mini pitta breads
Garlic granules
Butter
Cheddar or mozzarella cheese grated
Red chilli flakes or fresh green chilli chopped finely

METHOD

~ Warm up the pitta bread in a toaster of grill, both sides

~ Spread lashings of butter on the pitta and sprinkle with fine garlic granules according to taste, I love garlic! Top off with a whole lot of cheese and melt under the grill

~ Final touch add chilli flakes or green chilli. Now tuck in! I’m going to make myself some more!

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