The Cook Book

Cardamom

moroccan spiced cottage pies

Moroccan-spiced cottage pies

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion, garlic, carrot, spices and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook for 10-15

cropped biriyani

Microwave biryani

Add the onions, garlic, butter, cardamom seeds and the chilli flakes to a large microwaveable bowl and cook in the microwave on High for 30 secs. Tip in the rice

sir lankan fried chicken hoppers

Sri Lankan fried chicken & hoppers

To prepare the chicken, tip the coconut milk into a jug and stir in the garlic, spices and 1 tsp salt. Put the chicken in a plastic container or roasting

pork vindaloo

Pork vindaloo

To make the marinade, remove the seeds from the cardamom pods and grind with the peppercorns using a pestle and mortar. Mix with the rest of the marinade ingredients, then

cardamom chicken with lime leaves

Cardamom chicken with lime leaves

Heat the oil in a large, wide pan, add the onion and fry for 5 mins until softened, stirring every now and then. Stir in the garlic, ginger, cardamom, cloves

lamb shank madras

Lamb shank Madras

Tip the yogurt, cumin, turmeric, 1 tsp sea salt and the lamb shanks into a large mixing bowl, then mix to coat the lamb. Cover and pop in the fridge

sali murghi

Sali murghi

Melt 1 tbsp of the ghee in a pan and add the chicken, skin-side side down. Once the skin is golden and crisp (around 5 mins), remove from the pan

coconut and almond chicken korma

Coconut and almond chicken korma

Crumble saffron into a small bowl, add the milk and leave to steep

Place the coriander seeds, salt and peppercorns into a pestle and mortar and crush

Add the roughly chopped ginger

next level tikka masala

Next level tikka masala

Remove the skin from the chicken and slash each thigh two or three times. Put into a bowl or plastic container and toss with the lime juice and 1/2 tsp