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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Poultry & Meat/ Recipes

Lehsuni Murgh Tikka

Lasooni Tikka / www.quichentell.com

Lasooni tikka or lehsuni tikka is a little less famous than its cousin the murgh or chicken tikka. But in my book, it gets more points for its bold, garlicky, savouriness. This past weekend we ate fresh, homemade whole wheat pitas with meaty mounds of velvety lasooni murgh tikkas and crunchy salad nestled within with a dousing of tangy mint chutney and a creamy cashew nut sauce. What a lunch…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Seafood

Curry Leaf-Scented Crispy Coconut Prawns

Crispy Coconut Prawns / www.quichentell.com

I ate the best crispy coconut prawns at The Green Turtle, a charming little restaurant on a white sand beach in Mozambique. Everything about that experience was magical – the spotless sand beside the turquoise Indian Ocean, the beautiful verandah-style restaurant, the delicious coconut water and rum cocktails and of course, golden, crispy and succulent coconut crusted prawns served in a coconut shell.. Crispy coconut prawns are a popular appetiser…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes

Lamb Rasam

Lamb Rasam / www.quichentell.com

I craved lamb rasam on a cold winter evening. Tangy, meaty and peppery, it was the warm hug I needed to keep me cosy and safe from the December chill outside. Rasam is the Jewish penicillin of South India. Every home has their favourite rasam recipe passed down from great grandmothers and grandmothers, to cure all manner of colds, coughs and sniffles. Rasams are thin, mainly vegetarian soups with either…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes

Chicken Corn And Chilli Soup

Chicken Corn And Chilli Soup / www.quichentell.com

Warm chicken corn soup stills my soul as rain gushes in waterfalls down the woody roots of the banyan tree outside my balcony. Few things offer succour and sustenance like a bowl of homemade chicken soup, during these days of incessant downpours. This bowl, is a  lemon and chilli-infused, Mexican-style chicken soup rather than the ubiquitous Chinese creamed corn version that we see dished out in melamine bowls by street…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Seafood

Shrimp Salad With Tangy Thai Dressing

Shrimp Salad With Tangy Thai Dressing / www.quichentell.com

A shrimp salad came to mind when I spotted a box of glistening green tomatoes at the vegetable store. Don’t know why, but the idea of fat, crispy shrimps nestling in a big bowl loaded with a tumble of fresh, emerald tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and fragrant herbs set off my imagination. Then I thought, a big bowl of that doused with an Asian-style dressing, all salty and lemony would make…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Dips, Jams, Chutneys, Relishes and Preserves

Garlic And Cheese Hummus, Basil Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Quick And Easy 5-Ingredient Hummus Recipes / www.quichentell.com

What does a hummus recipe have in common with high school exams? When exam fever hits my 16-year old and he’s buried in his books all day, I need to stock up on healthy snacks that he can attack at any time morning, noon or night when he takes his refuelling breaks. And I’ve found that a couple or more bowls of different hummus in the fridge goes a long…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Bread/ Recipes

Whole Wheat Potato & Rosemary Flatbread

WW Potato & Rosemary Flatbread / www.quichentell.com

A little rosemary can sing. It transformed the humble flour, salt and potatoes into Whole Wheat Potato And Rosemary Flatbread. Frugal and so fundamental, the flatbread made for clean, elegant eating with a chilled glass of white and warm company. Sometimes it takes so little to feel contentment – for me it was an afternoon of rosemary-scented quiet comfort. …

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Seafood

Firecracker Prawn 65

Prawn 65

This is one of my favourite prawn recipes. My Firecracker Prawn 65 is inspired by the the undisputed  big daddy of Indian bar snacks – Chicken 65. This crimson-hued, deep fried, hot and tangy chicken dish even has its own (ever-growing) lore woven around its intriguing name. Why 65 you ask? Well, the straightforward stories speak of 65 chillies in the marinade, other tall tales tell us of a marination…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes

Classic French Onion Soup

Sitting here listening to the roaring downpour and the powerful percussion of the waves outside, it’s hard to imagine the winter days we left behind just a few weeks ago. That world, life on another continent, seems strangely within touching distance and yet unreal, like a hazy dream. There, when the dark chill hushed the streets, we sought cheer in front of the fireplace, playing board games, catching up on…

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