음식: Speedy spice

음식: Speedy spice

Chetna Makan’s fast-cook, flavour-packed recipes will have you rustling up stunning and delicious homemade Indian dishes in half an hour or less

Tamarind aubergine curry

Tamarind aubergine curry

Spice up your cooking

Amchur (mango powder)

Distinctively tangy with a sweet and sour hit, amchur (or amchoor) is made from pieces of unripe green mango that are left to dry in the sun then ground. It is useful for adding acidity to dishes, just as you might add lemon or lime juice.

Asafoetida

This pungent powder is extracted from the gum of a herbaceous plant, giant fennel. Its powerful flavour is described as oniony, garlicky, salty and even slightly sulphurous, but don’t let that put you off. It adds deeply savoury notes and a little goes a long way. It is also sometimes referred to by its Hindi name of hing.

Tandoori masala roti

Courgette moong dal with tomato tempering

Tandoori masala roti; Courgette moong dal with tomato tempering

Kasuri methi

The sundried leaves of the fenugreek plant have a nutty, slightly bitter taste described as similar to celery. It is commonly used in Indian breads (as in Chetna’s masala roti recipe on page 47), can be added to curries with other spices during cooking or sprinkled over them just before serving for a flavour boost.

Garam Masala

Meaning ‘hot spices’, the composition of this blend varies regionally but it is used across the Indian subcontinent in all manner of dishes. Whole spices are typically toasted to bring out their flavour before grinding, and lend warming aromatic notes to cooking.

Most of the spices used in Chetna’s recipes are widely available in major supermarkets. Chetna also recommends buying online from spicemountain.co.uk spicekitchenuk.com.

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Chetna Makan’s new book Chetna’s 30-Minute Indian is published by Mitchell Beazley, priced £20. To order a copy for £17.80 until 27 June go to 그리고 결코 사니아를 떠나지 않았다 그리고 결코 사니아를 떠나지 않았다 020 3308 9193. Free p&p on orders over £20

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