Kachumber Indian Spiced Salad

I’ve always loved this simple salad when it’s been served to me with poppadoms in an Indian restaurant, so when I was planning to throw my own curry night I decided to try and make my own. It’s a beautifully fresh and crunchy salad that goes perfectly with almost any Indian dish. Recently, I’ve become rather interested in the art of curry making and how to combine the different spices to create the waves of flavours that come with any well made curry. My dad has always made fantastic indian dishes and steers clear of the shop bought curry pastes so I thought it was time that I did too! This salad is a great starting point to introducing yourself to Indian recipes and is also a great way of getting a good kick of nutritional veggies!

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Ingredients

1 medium sized white onion, diced
Half a large cucumber, diced
2 medium sized tomatoes, diced with the seeds removed
1/2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp roasted cumin powder
1/2 tsp salt

Method

After chopping all of the vegetables up, throw them into a bowl together and mix well. Then add in the cumin, coriander, lemon juice and salt and mix well until the vegetables are nicely coated. Taste to check the seasoning and if you like add some more lemon juice or salt!

Serve with poppadoms and mango chutney or as a side to your favourite curry!

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Spicy Thai Curry Sweet Potato Soup

For some reason I had always thought that thai green curry was fairly mild on the spice thermometer due to its popularity, but oh how I was wrong. I found this out when I was making it for the first time for some friends and had to add a bucket of coconut milk to calm down the spice! The green chillies in the spice paste are fiery and full of heat, much stronger than the red chillies used in red thai curry. I originally made this recipe as a vegetable curry but a friend suggested turning it into a soup. It is nutritious and delicious but is definitely not for the faint hearted when it comes to spice. If you’d prefer a milder version I would recommend reducing the amount of spice paste and adding more coconut milk. This soup is perfect for warming you up on a cold day and welcomes the flavours of Thailand to your kitchen!

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Ingredients

4 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into rough chunks
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon of oil for frying
400ml coconut milk
1 tablespoon of fish sauce (omit if you’re vegetarian)
400ml stock
1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce
Juice of half a lime
1-2 tablespoons of thai green curry paste
3 tablespoons passata
Fresh coriander leaves to garnish

Method

Gently fry the sweet potato, carrots and onion (if you like you can add red peppers too) until they are starting to soften. Add the curry paste and fry for another 2-3 minutes, then pour in the rest of the ingredients. The fish sauce may not smell pleasant but it really combines all of the thai flavours together and definitely tastes nothing like the smell! Make sure there is enough stock to cover the vegetables but not to drown them, so feel free to add more or less than I have mentioned. Simmer for between 30 minutes to an hour, or until the vegetables are soft, then blend. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and maybe have some yoghurt to hand because this soup is fiery!