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Indian food at home - live chat with Meera Sodha (Mon 7 July 1-2pm)

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 23-Jun-14 14:28:03

The best Indian food is cooked (and eaten) at home.

Real Indian food is fresh, simple and packed with flavour. In her new book, Meera Sodha introduces Britain to the food she grew up eating every day. Unlike the stuff you get at your local curry house, her food is fresh, vibrant and surprisingly quick and easy to make.

In this collection, Meera serves up a feast of over 130 delicious recipes collected from three generations of her family: there's everything from hot chappatis to street food, fragrant curries, to colourful side dishes, and mouth-watering puddings. Made in India will change the way you cook, eat, and think about Indian food, forever.

Meera will be joining us on Monday 7 July so add your questions for her between now and then and do join us on the day

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 23-Jun-14 15:01:26

And I'm nipping in with a question before anyone else does!

Meera - I made your potato tikki which were beyond delicious (everyone fighting over the last one). But (and have only made once so far so I am learning!) mine came out a little bit greasy. Ran out of rapeseed oil so used vegetable which may have made a difference and not sure how hot the pan was. How best to make sure the next batch are crispy rather than oily? And could you cook them in the oven instead or would that spoil them?

nannanet Mon 23-Jun-14 16:23:36

I would love some ideas for indian dishes where I can use salmon. I would like to cook something a bit different for a dinner party at the end of July. One of the guests doesn't eat any meat. One will eat fish as long as it is salmon. And one doesn't like anything too creamy. Can you help? Thanks in advance

jollyg Mon 23-Jun-14 16:37:49

Please tell where we can get curry leaves in UK fresh of course

Anne58 Mon 23-Jun-14 16:51:54

nannanet I'd change your guests if I were you! grin

nannanet Mon 23-Jun-14 17:05:20


kittylester Mon 23-Jun-14 17:20:10

Our local huge Sainsbury's has curry leaves but the smaller one doesn't.

I love making and eating curries! Years ago an Indian friend ran cookery courses from which I learnt loads but I imagine that things will have changed a lot in the intervening 35 years. I also have an exceedingly greasy and bespattered Madhur Jaffrey book from around the same time. How do you cook differently from the older generation?

If I can ask another question, can you tell me if it is possible to make naan etc from a flour which is gluten free?

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 24-Jun-14 10:08:37

Ooh yes - gluten free ideas very welcome!!

Stansgran Wed 25-Jun-14 13:03:17

I have plenty of Indian Cook books and love playing around with spices but my DH has been bringing home Pataks jars of sauce and even then adds mango chutney to it. I'm feeling he's trying to tell me something. What do you think of Pataks sauces or would you not touch them with a barge pole? And a second question if I may. I used to make a very good Brinjal chutney but lost the recipe. Is there a recipe for brinjal chutney in your book?

kiligran Fri 27-Jun-14 12:48:37

Indian food is my absolute favourite and I've had many Indian friends over the past 35 years that have given me recipes and helped me cook some fabulous dishes. But one thing I cannot master is a perfect naan bread so please help. Regarding the curry leaves, I always got them fresh when I lived in the Middle East, since living in Cyprus I have manage to grow a curry leaf tree ( bought on the net ) I think it might be possible to grow one in a green house or conservatory in the UK. Worth a try.

Galen Fri 27-Jun-14 13:52:30

I adore Indian food. My problem is it's fiddly and time consuming just for one person.
Do you have any ideas please for simple dishes for one?

I'm growing a curry leaf tree in my lounge at the moment. It's about 2' tall at the moment.

Galen Fri 27-Jun-14 13:53:24

I also grow my own Kashmir lime tree.

kittylester Fri 27-Jun-14 15:52:05

I have put a recipe for a chicken and tomato curry in the recipes Galen which might be fiddly but freezes really well so I always do a vat of it !

crazycat Sat 28-Jun-14 11:50:11

I cook loads of curries for my OH. Always use the same ingredients though!

Any tips on variations of curries would appreciated thanks.

I'm new BTW. Like to say a big hello to everyone here!!!

kittylester Sat 28-Jun-14 15:43:33

Hi crazy cat welcome. flowers

kiligran Sun 29-Jun-14 11:48:25

Why don't you freeze portions for later? Most indian food freezes well especially curries. I always make a large amount and freeze the rest. Great news about your curry plant!

Galen Sun 29-Jun-14 12:15:30

My freezers are full of 'portions I've frozen for later' then never get round to using.

crazycat Sun 29-Jun-14 16:20:26

Hi Kiligran! Thank you for the lovely welcome!


kittylester Sun 29-Jun-14 18:42:23

It was me crazy cat grin. I hope you post on other threads!

ElenaT Tue 01-Jul-14 11:48:30

Hi Meera, I absolutely love Indian food and, as a vegetarian, particularly paneer dishes (saag paneer is my favourite).
I find the paneer changes from restaurant to restaurant though - in one (my favourite) it melts well and is stringy, whereas in others it is hard lumps without much flavour.
Could you tell me what true paneer texture is supposed to be like? I love the former, melty version but I have a feeling it may not be real paneer blush Is there a recipe for it in your book?

crazycat Tue 01-Jul-14 15:57:42

Oops sorry Kittylester!

Thank you for the lovely welcome! grin

cpk43 Tue 01-Jul-14 17:00:34

Hello Meera I too love indian food and would love to try making a meal for the family. Can you suggest a menu (vegetarian and fish please but not seafood) that would be exciting and interesting but not so complicated I would have to spend the entire day cooking it.

jiggle Tue 01-Jul-14 17:02:36

My two favourite starters are bhel puri and sev puri and I would love to know how to make them thank you

shalamar Tue 01-Jul-14 17:15:53

Like a couple of the previous posters I am interested in gluten free recipes and would love to know if I can make a masala dosa this way? Also on masterchef the other week they were making them and had lots of trouble with the pancake bit - are they very tricky?

nannyjune Tue 01-Jul-14 18:05:21

I love the dark brown dip they serve with samosas and things in restaurants. It tastes a bit like HP sauce but nicer! What is it and how can I make it?