All posts tagged: Spicy

In search of perfection: soy tikka masala

I have a problem. I have a husband, too, but he is not the problem. The problem is, I am happiest in the kitchen when I’m going deep on some quest: studying cookery books, trying to do everything from home-made gelato to creamy mussels. The problem is that my husband prefers familiar food. Who could blame him for that? As that alone wasn’t enough, I have to admit that I have been a pescetarian now for over 15 years and leaving side by side with avid meat-lover sometimes might be tricky. I have to give him a huge credit for supporting me and keeping me company throughout all of my experiments. Since we moved to UK, I wanted to try one of the nation’s most popular dishes – a brilliant curry – tikka masala. To the joy of my husband, I quickly figured that soy chunks have a very good quality of absorbing gravy, so no time wasted, and my take on spicy & tangy classics have hit our dinner table :).  In search of perfection: soy …

Food cupboard spicy bean soup

This hearty, delicious warming soup uses some basic food cupboard ingredients and comes together very easily, which makes it perfect for chilly winter days. Keep the winter out and warmth in with this spicy & flavoursome bowl of soup. Preparation + cooking time: 45-50 min / Serves 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: Olive oil 1 onion, finely sliced 1 carrot, sliced 1 big potato, diced 1/3 of celery stick, chopped 2-3 garlic cloves, minced 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 x 400 g can of chopped tomatoes 6 cups of vegetable stock Sea salt & freshly ground pepper 1 tbsp. of sweet paprika 1 pinch of dried red chilli 2 bay leaf 2 tsp. of chopped fresh parsley or ½ dried 1 x 400 g can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed DIRECTIONS: Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan and when hot, add onion and carrot. Stir in diced potato, celery, garlic and red bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Tin in the tomatoes and add the stock. Season with salt & pepper. Sprinkle in sweet paprika and a pinch of dried …

Fish Ambul Thiyal or My sour fish curry

I had a pleasure to visit Sri Lanka earlier this year. Big thank you to my friends who made it possible and  yet another one for their unconditional hospitality <3. During my stay I was lucky to try different sorts of food: vegetable & fish roti, spring hoppers, various sorts of curry with red rice. Not even talking about the plethora of fresh fruit & veggies. I loved it all! Naturally once back I wanted to recreate some of those fantastic dishes, and my first take was this delicious sour fish curry. It’s not as complex as it might seem from the first look, spicy and beautifully sour in flavour. It works best with the firm white fleshed fish, however, in my version, I used regular salmon. Hope, you’ll like it!   Preparation + cooking time:  a bit more than 1 h/ Serves: 2 We would need: 300 g of fish, cubed 5 cloves of garlic 5 cm piece of ginger, roughly chopped 1/2 tbsp of black pepper powder 1 tbsp. of fenugreek 5 pieces of goraka 2 tbsp. …