Pilafs, pulaos, pulau, mixed rice dishes – many names for a delicious technique for smartening up a plain grain (usually rice) to use as a flavoursome side dish. It can be simple – just a few spices added – or a complex layering of flavours. They are usually without a dressing although they are sometimes topped with a dollop of yoghurt. Today we bring you a collection of our favourite pilaf recipes.
Who else can eat half a cauliflower by themselves? If the dish is delicious it is all I might make for a meal, and between the two of us a whole cauli will disappear. This is one of those recipes. I make it with any of my tomato sauces that are sitting in the freezer, so it is an incredibly easy dish to pull together. Great for coming home late from work or a day out – it can be on the table in about 30 mins if you prepare the cauli quickly. (Or chop it ready to roast before you go out.)
We adore this dressing with brussels sprouts – roast the sprouts, add lemon juice, enough that it provides the tang that brussels sprouts demand, and toss with this dressing for a heavenly salad or side dish.
It is also divine with salads, drizzled on soups and over baked vegetables. It adds colour, tang and zing to any dish you pair it with.
Similar recipes include Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Molasses, Lemony Yoghurt Dressing, Green Tahini Dressing, and Miso-Seed Dressing.
Sweet potatoes are at their peak in Winter – shiny skin, large sizes, unblemished exterior, very instagramable. Baked, fried, simmered or steamed they make the most wonderful dishes. They make quick soups with potato, for example, and bake really well, especially if slathered in cream. It appears humble, this vegetable, but at its heart there lurks a star.
Ottolenghi talks about a cafe in Telaviv that won its reputation with this sweet potato fritter – also called sweet potato cake. It is a wonderful recipe, without eggs too, so it did not require the usual adaptations in this kitchen.
The ultimate comfort food- soft, a bit messy and delicious.
The recipe is from Ottolenghi’s Plenty cookbook, an early one but still treasured in our house. Along with Plenty More and Ottolenghi, it holds many memories of great feasts. Note that I often massage the recipes to suit what is available from our garden and pantry. For the original recipes, check his books and you can find the Guardian version of the recipe here.
Hazelnuts are one of our favourite nuts here in the kitchen and at the table. There is nothing that quite matches its nutty, slightly dry flavour and crunch. We have used them quite a lot in our recipes, so we’ve brought together a selection for you to try. Enjoy!
Goodness, it’s cold! Put on another jumper and enjoy these highlights from our Mid Winter classic Indian recipes.
Oh my goodness, Miso comes in so many different varieties, strengths and uses, sometimes it is difficult to know where to begin. But miso is so necessary in a vegetarian kitchen to add umami to dishes in the easiest and quickest way.
So we put together some of our favourite Miso recipes for you to begin experimenting and hopefully you will fall in love with this funky paste, just as we have.
Goodness, it’s cold! Put on another jumper and enjoy these highlights from our Mid Winter classic recipes.
You can browse all of our Mid Winter recipes here:
- Indian Deliciousness Vol 1
- Indian Deliciousness Vol 2
- Soup Recipes for Mid Winter
- Wintery Salads, Dips and Preserves
- Warming Vegetables and BBQs
- Goodies, Grains, Lentils and More
- Drinks and Sweets
- Tips and Hints for Cooking in Mid Winter.
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Chai is the comforting drink that we all need every day. It is made from tea, usually an Assam tea, spices, milk and sugar. The spices are simmered in water and milk with the tea for some minutes to infuse the flavour, and it is sweetened before serving. The tea is simmered with the spices – a different way of brewing it when we consider the dunk-in-dunk-out method of the British and others.
Learn how to make Chai properly here.
Enjoy these 20 or so different Chai recipes.
Both Matki sprouts and Horse Gram sprouts are highly nutritious, and fairly easy to sprout if you are careful. For these sprouts, I prefer to wrap the soaked lentils/beans in muslin cloth and place in a dark cupboard for 24 – 48 hours, sprinkling with water occasionally.
One way of using the Matki sprouts is to make Misal – a gravy based dish that is often eaten with bread but can be served with rice. The matki sprouts don’t take as long to cook as the horse gram sprouts do – under 15 mins to be soft but with a little texture still. Just how I like it.