Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Rick Stein's India trip

Rick Stein's latest series in India has been delightful to watch - I love cookery programmes that are little travelogues as well as showing local recipes - this has plenty of that.  Here are some links:
Rick's Website with recipes
Rick's BBC recipes

Here is just one of the recipes for a Breakfast Bhaji - including a recipe for Garam Masala:
Garam Masala:
1 tbls. black peppercorns
2 tbls. cumin seeds
2 tbls. corriander seeds
2 tbls. cardamom seeds (from 30-40 green pods)
4 tsp. who cloves
3" piece of cinnamon stick
1 whole nutmeg

1. Dry fry all the spices, apart from the nutmeg, over a medium heat for a couple of minutes, until toasted and aromatic. 
2. Set aside to cool.
3. Grate the nutmeg and add to a spice grinder along with the toasted spices - and grind everything to a fine powder.

Breakfast Bhaji:
9ozs. (250g) potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes - cooked for about 10 mins. until tender, drained.
9ozs. carrots - cut into small batons - cook in same water as the potatoes, until just cooked.
2 fl.oz (50ml) vegetable oil
2 tsps. black mustard seeds
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. Kashmiri chilli powder
1/2 tsp. turmeric
2 tomatoes- chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garam masala (from above recipe)
4-6 eggs - fried to serve.

1. heat the oil in a heavy based pan (or karahi/wok) and fry the mustard seeds until they start to pop.
2. Add the onion and fry over a mod. heat for about 5 mins. until softened.
3. Add the chilli powder and turmeric and fry for about 30 seconds, then
4. Add the potatoes, carrots, tomatoes , salt, garam masala and 2 fl.ozs. of water.
5. Cook, stirring, for about 3-4 mins. until the tomatoes are reduced and jammy.

Serve with Indian Bread (recipe given on BBC website), brushed with a little melted ghee (clarified butter).
Serve the bhajis with breads and a fried egg.

I usually think of Bhajis as small fried balls (usually with onions) but it would seem this recipe is a 'dish' rather than small patties or balls.  I haven't as yet tried this recipe, but will add some more notes, when I do.  However, it looks delicious!

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