Rogan josh curry & paste

Typically made with lamb but you can substute with chicken or beef. You can make this as a paste to use later or use straight away as a great curry.

Rogan stands for “red colour”, josh stands for passion or heat.

  • Serves: 2-3
  • prepTime: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1hr 10 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
For the paste

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Thumb sized root ginger
  • 75g roasted peppers (from jar)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • Small bunch fresh coriander

Spices for toasting

  • 2  tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper corns

Ingredients for curry

  • Meat such as chicken, beef or lamb
  • 1 medium onions chopped finely
  • 1 fresh  red chilli finely chopped
  • Thumb sized root ginger peel and grate
  • Small bunch fresh coriander chopped
  • Groundnut or vegetable oil
  • 2 bay leaves twisted
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • Rogan josh paste as above
Preparation method
Step 1 For the paste, toast the “spices to be toasted” add to pestle and motar and grind until fine. Peeled the garlic and ginger and add to a food processor along with the toasted ground spices and all the other paste ingredients. Whiz until you have a smooth paste. You can jar the paste and keep in the fridge for a week if you are not using straight away
Step 2 To make the curry, (using the curry ingredients) In a large pan add oil,add onions, chilli, ginger, coriander & bay leaves and cook for around 10 minutes. Add meat and brown.add tomatoes and rogan josh paste. Add water if need to losen up curry. Bring to the boil then turn heat down to a simmer and cover for an hour. Keep checking to make sure curry does not dry out and stick and water in necessary.

Merguez Spice mix – use with chips, crisps or nachos

This is a spice mix that is based on the flavours of the North African sausage. You can use this spice mix to enhance your meat, chicken, home made oven chips or home made Nachos by simply sprinkling on your meat, chicken, home made oven chips or home made Nachos before you place in the oven.

If you double up the quantiles you can keep stored in an air tight container for another day.

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  • Serves: N/A
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: N/A minutes
  • Total time: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp paprika (smoked and spicy if available)
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Preparation method
Step 1 grind the cumin,fennel, coriander, peppercorns in a mortar and pestle to a fine powder.
Step 2 add the paprika , chilli powder and salt and mix
Step 3 Ta-dah! all done.  Just sprinkle on your meat, chicken, chips or nachos before you cook in the oven

Jalfrezi Paste

If you like curries then you will love this paste. Nice and hot and one of my favorites. Don’t like it to spicy then reduce the amount of chilli – simples!

  • Serves: 4
  • prepTime: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb – sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 3 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder  (Easy on the chilli unless you want it hot!)
  • 1 tsp paprika

Spices to toast

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds (optional)
Preparation method
Step 1 Dry toast spices and grind in mortar and pestle.
Step 2 Add toasted ground spices to rest of ingredients and whiz in a food processor or hand processor.
Step 3 Either use straight away of store in a jar for later
Step 4 To use paste, Brown off one onion, add chicken (4 breasts chopped) and cook through, add paste and one tin of chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 15- 20 minutes making sure chicken is cooked.

Chicken Fajita Seasoning

Simple to make and I promise you will never buy the shop packets of Fajita mix ever again.! You can double or quadruple the ingredients and store in an airtight container and keep for when ever you want Fajita’s

Mix
Fajita Mix
  • Serves: 4-6
  • prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook time: ** minutes
  • Total time: 5-10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Preparation method
Step 1 Stir cornstarch, chilli powder, salt, paprika, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin together in a small bowl.
Step 2 To use fry off 4 chicken breasts with onions and peppers. Add 2 teaspoons to the Fajita mix or more according to taste