Veronica’s South Indian Chicken Curry

So this is a basic version of a go-to recipe – robust, tasty, easy to make, and quite the staple with rice, chappattis, naans, parathas … 2 chicken breasts, in pieces 1 big onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, skinned, pureed 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp turmeric (haldi) chili powder – to taste, depending on how…

Pam’s Masala for Curries

Mona brought with her a small bottle of masala powder and produced magic in the kitchen. This was her mother, Pam’s, basic masala powder, made fresh every year, which she   sent to her daughters in Dubai and Shanghai. The curries are to die for. Masala for Chicken and Meat Curries 1/2 kg dry chilies…

Elsie’s Prawn Curry

Another dish, south Indian, and easy to make (along the lines of the egg curry … with a couple of omissions and additions). prawns, cleaned, de-veined, shelled 1 big big onion or 2 small small onions (I love the sound of this !!), chopped or sliced 1/2 inch piece of ginger, crushed 3 cloves garlic,…

Vasu’s Tomato Chutney

… to go with dosas … crisp dosas and this piquant accompaniment … 1 tomato 2 big onions a knob of ginger, about a cm all round 1 clove garlic 2 to 3 sprigs fresh coriander curry leaves salt Fry all of the above in a bit of oil, cool a bit and grind to…

Mona’s Pumpkin with Black-eyed Beans

Another of her simple superlatives … great with plain rice. South Indian to the core, and lovely. A sprig of curry leaves a handful of fresh grated coconut 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds) 1 or 2 green chilies, deseeded 1/2 tsp haldi (turmeric powder) Grind the above ingredients to a fine paste. black-eyed beans red…

Vasu’s Coconut Chutney

Simple, and whipped up in a flash. In India, and breakfast is all things South Indian, which means dosas, idlis … and today, adais for breakfast. I watched her deftly prepare the accompaniment, and here is the how. 1 cup freshly grated coconut 1 pod garlic bit of fresh ginger, one and a half times…