Recipe by Sarah Ali Choudhury
Those hooked on the brand new Channel 4 show ‘My Kitchen Rules’ will no doubt already be familiar with Sarah Ali Choudhury. She’s on a one-woman mission to bring the food of her roots to our homes and dinner tables and her brand Easy Curry promises to teach us the in’s and out’s of Indian cuisine.
The art of recreating Indian food at home is largely down to what spices you have at your disposal. Stock up on a little Turmeric and some Panch Phoran and you’ll quickly discover just how tasty your own curry recipes can be. Unlike takeaway curries and the sort of food you’ll tuck into at an Indian restaurant – both of which are often tailored to our muted down tastebuds – Sarah’s recipes are packed with original Asian flavours and can be made using fresh ingredients and seasonings.
We love the sound of Sarah’s authentic Aubergine, Potato & Pepper Bhaji because it’s healthy, vegetarian and nutritious:
4 tbsp Oil
2 tsp Panch Phoran
1 Medium Onion peeled and chopped 1 Inch Ginger peeled and grated
5 Cloves Garlic finely chopped
1 tsp Salt or to taste
1 tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Tomato Puree
1 Potatoes peeled and cut into 3⁄4 inch cubes
1 Aubergine cut into 1⁄4 inch cubes
2 Peppers green and/or red, cut into 1 inch pieces 2 cups (500ml) Water
2 tbsp Chopped Fresh Coriander
Heat oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. When hot, add the panch phoran and cook until sizzling then add the onion, ginger and salt, stirring occasionally.
When the onion softens, add the coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric and tomato puree and continue stir frying until the oil comes to the top of the mixture.
Add the potatoes and stir fry for about 2 minutes. Add the aubergine and peppers, stirring for another 2 minutes.
Pour in the water, cover the pan and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Garnish with fresh coriander.
You can use other seasonal vegetables such as courgettes and tomatoes.
Sarah is available for private hire, outside catering, one-to-one or group demonstrations including hen nights, birthday’s and cookery courses.
Check out her handy Youtube video for a quick and simple kids curry or visit her website for more information.
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