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Webchat about Indian cookery with Anjum Anand, Thursday 20 March, midday to 1pm. Join the chat and enter a draw to win a signed copy of her latest book.

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Mar-14 14:55:18

We're delighted that Anjum Anand is joining us for a webchat about Indian food on Thursday 20 March between midday and 1pm.

Anjum grew up in London and has presented two series of BBC TV's Indian Food Made Easy and written five bestselling books and now has her own internationally stocked range of Indian sauces, chutneys and pickles, The Spice Tailor. Anjum Anand is on a mission to bring Indian food up to date. Very health-conscious herself, she is constantly working to bring down the fat content of Indian food, creating lighter, fresher dishes with all the rich, spicy flavours of the subcontinent.

Anjum's latest book Anjum's Quick and Easy Indian shows how we can all create a delicious curry in just 20 minutes, and provides tips on stocking your cupboards with time-saving 'cheat' ingredients and a plethora of hints on how to make cooking Indian at home as easy as possible, while the 'Take One' feature shows you how to make three great meals from just one store cupboard ingredient.

Join Anjum on Thursday at lunchtime or post a question in advance to this thread. Everyone who joins the webchat will be entered into a draw to win a SIGNED copy of Anjum's Quick and Easy Indian.

debrajwarren Sat 22-Mar-14 21:58:28

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WilsonFrickett Thu 20-Mar-14 21:54:46

Wasn't she kind linking out so many recipes? Usually with cooking webcast it's all about plugging the book. I'm now a fan smile

isitme1 Thu 20-Mar-14 17:33:36

Thank you Anjum will try some fish flowers watering at mouth

Chopstheduck Thu 20-Mar-14 17:27:26

ooh that is brilliant, thank you! Can't wait to make those pani puri!

LoveBeingCantThinkOfAName Thu 20-Mar-14 14:43:53

Thanks I will show that to dh

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Mar-14 13:11:40

That was great but left us all really hungry. Thanks so much for joining us today. Congratulations to Chopstheduck who has won a SIGNED copy of the book - we will PM you with details.

Thanks so much to Anjum for joining us. She's now about to cook Quickest Ever Tarka Dal which we'll film and put up on the site soon. Watch this space.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Mar-14 13:06:58

AnjumAnand

RachelMumsnet

Can we ask a question from MNHQ - what is your never-fail recipe that you back to time and time again that can be used for family meal or last minute dinner party?

I suppose the curry we always had as a family was chicken curry. It is in a couple of my books (Punjabi Chicken Curry in Anjum;s New Indian and also in I Love Curry) as it is the best chicken curry and reminds me of my childhood. Great with Indian breads but also with toast. I talk with experience as my friends and i would always raid the fridge for leftovers at the end of an evening out and toast some bread to go with it. Divine. I will see if MUmsnet can find a link. xx

Here's a link to Punjabi Chicken Curry

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 13:05:45

Thank you all for your questions. It is really great to know what everyone is cooking and eating! Also, keep a look out for the video of me cooking Quickest EverTarka Dal on Mumsnet from my new book Quick and Easy Indian. xx

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 13:03:20

RachelMumsnet

Can we ask a question from MNHQ - what is your never-fail recipe that you back to time and time again that can be used for family meal or last minute dinner party?

I suppose the curry we always had as a family was chicken curry. It is in a couple of my books (Punjabi Chicken Curry in Anjum;s New Indian and also in I Love Curry) as it is the best chicken curry and reminds me of my childhood. Great with Indian breads but also with toast. I talk with experience as my friends and i would always raid the fridge for leftovers at the end of an evening out and toast some bread to go with it. Divine. I will see if MUmsnet can find a link. xx

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Mar-14 12:59:15

AnjumAnand

jazzshoes

I would love to make my family balti and naan bread and tips to make it taste delicious

Hi, I have a great and really easy chicken balti recipe and naan recipe in I Love Curry. Mumsnet trying to find link now for you. x

Here's the recipe for Anjum's Chilli Chicken balti

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:58:45

Calypso2

I'm really keen to see your latest book Anjum as Ive recently started experimenting with Indian cooking. I'm still not very good on rice - can you give us some tips on how to make a great pilao rice or other different rices without it being too dry or too stodgy. Thanks

There are a few other questions similar to this one so if you don't mind, have a read of the other questions. The new book is really great so I do hope you manage to pick it up and enjoy it!

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Mar-14 12:57:34

AnjumAnand

LoveBeingCantThinkOfAName

My dh has discovered cooking, and made his first curry a few weeks ago. He loves chana can you recommend a easy but lovely recipe to encourage him?

I'd forgotten about your series will defo try to find some repeats for him to watch.

There is a really great channa (chickpea) recipe in I Love Curry, which i taught to a class of 12yr old boys and they all loved cooking and eating it. Mumsnet posting a link for you. Also, there is also a Mile High Chickpea burger in Anjum's Vegetian Feast. I hope he enjoys them x

We've found the recipe here Tangy Chickpea Curry

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:57:15

jazzshoes

I would love to make my family balti and naan bread and tips to make it taste delicious

Hi, I have a great and really easy chicken balti recipe and naan recipe in I Love Curry. Mumsnet trying to find link now for you. x

CorusKate Thu 20-Mar-14 12:56:05

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AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:55:45

LoveBeingCantThinkOfAName

My dh has discovered cooking, and made his first curry a few weeks ago. He loves chana can you recommend a easy but lovely recipe to encourage him?

I'd forgotten about your series will defo try to find some repeats for him to watch.

There is a really great channa (chickpea) recipe in I Love Curry, which i taught to a class of 12yr old boys and they all loved cooking and eating it. Mumsnet posting a link for you. Also, there is also a Mile High Chickpea burger in Anjum's Vegetian Feast. I hope he enjoys them x

bishbashboosh Thu 20-Mar-14 12:54:09

This is brilliant and great timing for me S I've just stocked up on sacks of lentils as the Asian supermarket. I can't wait to get the book! Really need some recipes to use up these sacks of lentils thank you!!

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:52:39

motherinferior

Fab - so not like a dosa batter.

(But have you impressed the aunties? wink?]

Not like a dosa batter. Not sure about the Aunties! x

jazzshoes Thu 20-Mar-14 12:52:10

Thanks for the tips xx

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:52:09

CorusKate

Hello Anjum! Do you have any tips for getting stains from fresh turmeric off everything in my kitchen utensils? smile More seriously, what can I use to improve the flavour of dishes if I replace the butter ghee with a healthier oil? It seems bland without the ghee.

Hi, I have to admit, i don't have a trick for taking turmeric off utelsils! My wooden spoons always seem to retain the memory of having made Indian food, no matter how much they get washed. Try plastic?

I mostly cook with oil but i do consider ghee quite a healthy fat (as i do butter actually) ad i know this is controversial but in India it was always considered healthy and even medicinal. One just needs to add in moderation. Having said that, it should be the spices and flavourings in the dish that should provide the flavour as long as they are well cooked, even in healthy oils. Make sure you give eveything time to cook int he pan, sometimes rushing will stop you from getting the best flavours from ingredients in the pan. x

motherinferior Thu 20-Mar-14 12:49:22

Fab - so not like a dosa batter.

(But have you impressed the aunties? wink?]

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:48:25

Chopstheduck

Thank you for the tip, will definitely try that - must admit we have always used very low fat yoghurt.

Good luck with the book, I will certainly be buying it! grin

GIve it a try and i hope you like the book! x

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:48:03

motherinferior

Anjum - just wanted to say that my Indian mother, who is a terrific cooking and usually incredibly snooty about cookbooks, thinks you're fab (especially your tamarind mackerel)! I haven't cooked your chillas yet - how big should they be? And is it worth fermenting the batter?

That is so great to hear. I always need to impress the mums first. I have never fermented my chilla batter. If anything depending on the lentil used, I would soak them. Other than that, it is pretty much instant.

Chopstheduck Thu 20-Mar-14 12:47:10

Thank you for the tip, will definitely try that - must admit we have always used very low fat yoghurt.

Good luck with the book, I will certainly be buying it! grin

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:46:31

jazzshoes

One of my favourite dishes is lamb haleem i would love your recipe

You know i have never written a recipe for haleem .Sorry. x

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:45:58

jazzshoes

What is the secret to perfect pilau rice?

I think good plump and separate grains of rice, lightly flavoured. It requires little more than the right quantities of water to rice, a handful of spices and some fried onions. x

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