Lockdown cookbook

You’re in social isolation and opportunities for shopping might be limited. But you have a well-stocked store-cupboard and freezer and it’s still possible to get most food if you look in the right places. 

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Proper lamb Biryani

Proper lamb Biryani

Way back in the distant past, I was the producer of Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery – the first time Indian food had had a proper airing on British TV and I also commissioned and edited the book that accompanied the series. I tested every recipe in that book. My copy...

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Bombay potatoes

Bombay potatoes

This Indian takeaway and restaurant favourite is easy to make at home. It works best with waxy potatoes that will keep their shape and ‘bite’. There are many alternative ways of cooking the potatoes including roasting them coated with the spices, but here I have opted...

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Matar paneer with spinach

Matar paneer with spinach

​I well remember the first time I ate matar paneer. It was in the Diwana near Euston in London, probably around 1975 and still there, renowned for its delicious cheap and cheerful vegetarian food. I instantly fell in love, not just with that wonderful place but with...

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Gentle egg curry

Gentle egg curry

Here’s one for the veggies and for people who don’t like hot curries. It’s lightly spiced, quickly made and very cheap. You hard boil the eggs first and set them aside while you make the curry. It may seem as if the list of spices is rather long but they are the ones...

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Mild chicken curry

Mild chicken curry

This easy chicken curry is pure comfort food. It’s made with skinned thigh fillets and has a faintly Sri Lankan taste as it combines the sweetness of coconut with the sharpness of tamarind (you could add the juice of half a lemon if you don’t have tamarind). It will...

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Yummy yellow dahl

Yummy yellow dahl

This beautiful dahl (chana dahl) is easily and cheaply made from yellow split peas and can accommodate vegans and veggies. Meat eaters can enjoy it as a side dish. You can serve it the way I like it with the peas still slightly crunchy, or go on cooking it to a soft...

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