Chicken kebabs

Everyone Loves A Kebab

If you’re a meat eater, chances are you wouldn’t turn down a kebab.  I mean, who would? Not the post-club variety, but the round kind that’s spicy, moist and so easy to make you can do it yourself.

Chicken kebabs

Don’t think for a minute that chicken kebabs are complicated things. You whizz stuff like onions and coriander in a food processor and then, er, add the chicken. Then you fry them in a pan. Why lump for ready-made ones from the supermarket or expensive ones from the takeaway, when you can make up 16 of these bad boys yourself, freeze 12 and sink your teeth into 4 of them straight away! Exactly.

Watch us make them in this video and then click on the recipe. Let us know how you get on. And wave goodbye to the takeaway.

Bhindis

Veggie alert!

It’s Tuesday so that must mean a new Cracking Curry!

Recipe 2 is Bhindis. Or Okra. Or Ladies’ Fingers. Lots of names for a dish that’s really simple to cook but so-o tasty. Only 8 ingredients. My mum cooks them until they’re quite squashy but some people like them a bit firmer. It’s up to you.

Yes, they look a bit unusual. You might be intimidated by their shape. How do you prepare them? It’s really easy, promise.

Okra

You just wash them, dry them on kitchen paper, cut the hard ends off and then slice them diagonally – it looks much better. If you’re a meat freak, have it as a side dish. But there is a meat version of this recipe – details to follow! In the meantime, try it. Watch the video and then follow the easy recipe. You’re gonna thank us!

Bhindis

Mince and peas

New Series of Cracking Curries

Yes, we know it’s been a while – but hopefully it’s worth the wait. The new 3rd series of Cracking Curries has started! There will be FOUR video recipes this time – posted every Tuesday. If you want to be first to see them, sign up to this blog by using the ‘follow’ button, or make sure you’re following @CrackingCurries on Twitter.

Mince and peas

The first recipe is Keema Muttar, or mince and peas. A signature Cracking Curries recipe because it really is spicy, delicious and simple. Watch our 5 minute video below… and become an expert. Then click here for the recipe.

Enjoy. Episode 2 is only 6 days away!

Local Asian shops

Here at Cracking Curries we want to collate a list of handy, local Asian shops where you can buy things like chillies, garlic and dried spices very cheaply – always at a fraction of the price of the supermarkets. And we need your help. Can you recommend one?

Shop2

For example, a handful of green chillies will cost you over £1 in a supermarket – but around 20p in one of these shops. True, they’re not always handy on your way home from work. But if you want to use the real stuff and save loads of money, you can stock up once a week or a fortnight.

In East London, there are loads. Our favourites are Taj Stores and Bangla City on Brick Lane. In Glasgow, the family favourite is KRK on Woodlands Road.

So, wherever you live – from Newcastle to Nottingham – if you know of a good Asian shop that’s fairly central, let us know. We’ll stick it on the website, city by city – so that newcomers can benefit from your local knowledge. Let’s get cracking!

Leave your recommendations of good local shops, that you have used, at the end of this post. Or tweet us at @CrackingCurries. And leave a first name at least, so we can credit you. Thankyou! x

Shop 1

Khara Chicken Masala

Welcome to Cracking Curries!

Cracking Curries is the website which shows you how to make simple and authentic Pakistani food at home. And when we say simple, we really mean it. Most of our recipes use fewer than 10 ingredients.

We’re not chefs, we just love our Mum’s food. And we want to pass on her recipes to you. We’ve even filmed 10 of them for you.

Khara Chicken Masala

They’re tried and tested family favourites. Khara Chicken Masala, Tarka Daal, Lamb Koftas. Most of them are one-pot wonders. All of them are classics.

Let’s get cracking. Just hover on the ‘Recipes’ tab above and choose one. Follow the instructions and watch the video. Any questions? Ask us.

So what’s for dinner tonight?

Spicy Delicious Simple

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