#NationalCurryWeek By the time the British left India in 1947, Indian cuisine h…

#NationalCurryWeek By the time the British left India in 1947, Indian cuisine had been impacted in a number of different ways. For example, the Raj introduced tea, along with porcelain pots & tea cups. But because many Indians didn’t own these, they adapted this by putting the tea into pots with milk & spices, creating masala tea, or chai which they now export back to the UK! If you’ve ever made masala tea at home, we’d love to hear how…

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#NationalCurryWeek The first Indian curry house, the Hindoostanee, opened in Lo…

#NationalCurryWeek The first Indian curry house, the Hindoostanee, opened in London in 1810, but closed just 2 years later due to a lack of business. However, after WWII the British palate began to change, with a greater desire to try new things. Food from India was adapted to suit British tastes & dishes such as chicken tikka masala, kedgeree (which is a hybrid of Indian Khicheree & smoked fish & eggs, which the British loved for breakfast) & coronation chicken…

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#NationalCurryWeek This week we’ve talked about the Brits’ impact on Indian cui…

#NationalCurryWeek This week we’ve talked about the Brits’ impact on Indian cuisine, the Raj’s impact on Indian dining & the explosion in popularity of curries in the UK since the 1950s. So where are we in 2015? Indian cuisine in Britain is growing up. While you can still buy a tikka masala, Indian restaurants are increasingly focusing on more authentic recipes & regional foods. The Spice Tailor range caters for both, from popular dishes like Korma & Rogan Josh, right…

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There’s nothing like getting your fingers (and face!) dirty while eating sweet, …

There’s nothing like getting your fingers (and face!) dirty while eating sweet, sticky & spicy chicken wings. These fruity versions are so delicious, you might want to cook extra! YOU WILL NEED… 4 tbs. The Spice Tailor Original Mango Chutni 400g chicken wings 1½ tsp. each ginger & garlic pastes (can be made fresh by grating them) 1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce ¼-½ tsp. red chilli powder ½ tsp. smoky sweet paprika ½ tsp. garam masala sea salt & black pepper…

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Chilli adds more than just spice to your meal. In fact, the humble chilli pepper…

Chilli adds more than just spice to your meal. In fact, the humble chilli pepper is somewhat of a medical marvel! The active ingredient in peppers is called capsaicin & creams made from this are an effective method of treating psoriasis. Cayenne pepper has been used for decades to treat diabetes, pain & osteoarthritis. It is also a powerful fat shredder that works by boosting your metabolism, supressing hunger & normalising glucose levels. Studies have even shown that capsicum pepper…

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If you cook Indian food regularly, then a spice container is a must! It’s a roun…

If you cook Indian food regularly, then a spice container is a must! It’s a round, normally steel container housing small, deep bowls in which you place all your most used spices. When you’re cooking, everything is then immediately to hand. You could even use two: one for powdered spices & one for whole spices! Not the most elegant of equipment maybe, but certainly one of the most useful! Do you have one & what do you keep in it?…

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Did you know that Korma was originally brought to India by the Mughals in the 15…

Did you know that Korma was originally brought to India by the Mughals in the 15th century? Korma is derived from the Urdu word for ‘braised’ & mostly refers to meat or vegetables slowly cooked in a special yoghurt sauce. Once in the Royal Courts, it was dressed up to show visitors the wealth of the palace & sumptuous ingredients like cream, nuts, saffron & fruit were added to bring extra glamour! Source

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Have you been to Kerala state? The inspiration for our Keralan Coconut Curry, it…

Have you been to Kerala state? The inspiration for our Keralan Coconut Curry, it’s famed for its spice gardens containing cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, peppercorns, mustard seeds & fenugreek, as well as its coconut trees & abundance of fish. The Keralan culinary quilt is colourful, complex & a melting pot of cultural influences. And yet the ingredients fit together & live in perfect harmony for some amazing dishes. Source

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All Hallows Eve is upon us! And you’ll probably have a lot of pumpkin that you d…

All Hallows Eve is upon us! And you’ll probably have a lot of pumpkin that you don’t know what to do with! Why not try this wonderful recipe for an extremely tasty seasonal curry that’ll warm you up after all that trick or treating. If you don’t have the pumpkin, simply switch it for butternut squash. YOU WILL NEED… 4 tbsp. The Spice Tailor Peanut and Tamarind Chutni 1kg pumpkin 2 tbs. vegetable oil 1 dried red chilli or 1…

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