WEBCHAT GUIDELINES 1. One question per member plus one follow-up once you've had a response. 2. Keep your question brief 3. Don't moan if your question doesn't get answered. 4. Do be civil/polite. See full guidelines here.

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.

(84 Posts)
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.

Shells Mon 17-Mar-14 19:31:49

Hmmm. Yum. What is the key to making a good dal and why do my lentils always stick to the bottom of the pot?

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 18-Mar-14 12:15:22

Anjum has kindly shared a couple of recipes from the book with us - see: One pot meatballs, eggs and spiced tomatoes and spiced pepper and feta cornbread.

OldBeanbagz Tue 18-Mar-14 21:58:37

I have a well used copy of your Indian Food Made Easy and your Simple Pilaff is a firm family favourite but my rice keeps ended up sticky. What's the best way to avoid this?

Spirael Wed 19-Mar-14 10:21:42

Wonderful to have you here, Anjum. I am a huge fan! Your books and television appearances have both converted and educated me. I love Indian food but was always worried about cooking it from scratch as it seemed so long and complicated. I was also worried about getting the spice levels wrong.

You've taught me how to easily put together healthy, everyday Indian themed meals for my family. I have the confidence to assess spice levels as I'm cooking and I even now make things up as I go. We don't eat a lot of meat, so your provision of many lovely vegetarian recipes is wonderful. Thank you so much. smile

In particular, we love making (and eating...) paneer as a family! It's so easy, even my three year old loves getting involved. Really confuses nursery when they ask her what she was doing at the weekend and she tells them about cheese making-!

For my question: I have a friend who has the genetics which mean coriander tastes soapy to her, and consequentially it puts her off a lot of Indian food. She's also not keen on anything too spicy.

Is there an alternative I can use for ground/fresh coriander or coriander seeds, or can you recommend any recipes that don't include coriander but also aren't particularly spicy?

missisboot Wed 19-Mar-14 17:16:04

No questions off the top of my head but v excited to see Anjum here - I absolutely love her recipes and recommend her indian made easy book to everyone I know grin

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Wed 19-Mar-14 18:57:15

Hi Anjum
Your recipes are great. We love Indian food - so full of flavour. I was wondering what non-Indian cuisines you like to eat and/or cook & if you find a lot of other cuisines bland in comparison?
Looking forward to the webchar.
Thank you.

weebarra Wed 19-Mar-14 20:34:55

Hi Anjum, enjoy your recipes - can I ask what you use in your own blend of garam masala? Thanks!

CountThalim Wed 19-Mar-14 21:02:47

I've been working through a few of your recipes for my family, managed to persuade my wife out of her comfort zone with a couple of them. smile

Tikka Massala is supposed to have been an Indian dish adapted for the UK and so creating a new dish. Have you ever thought about doing a book dedicated to the fusion between Indian food and the countries it has ended up in? Not just UK but America, France, China etc?

CT

ShoeWhore Wed 19-Mar-14 21:35:18

Hi Anjum, love your recipes. I was just wondering what your favourite recipe is?

Cantdothisagain Wed 19-Mar-14 21:57:11

Hi Anjum, I love your food. I particularly like the lamb Rogan josh from I love curry and the snack food in your vegetarian book. I've served quite a few of your curries to guests but I confess I often cheat and buy starters from M&S! What would be your go-to menu for a relaxed dinner for friends that wouldn't involve getting too stressed in the kitchen at the last minute? Thank you for reading!

JollyGolightly Wed 19-Mar-14 21:57:16

Hello! I once had the most amazing garlic pickle, made by a friend of a friend, who would not divulge the secret! Since then I have dreamed about the pickle and hoped to one day make something that resembled it, but I have no idea where to start. Can you help?

TheJumped Wed 19-Mar-14 22:12:04

I make your easy naan breads often, if I make a soup from leftover veg and put some spices in, then dunk the naan into it. Yummy. I don't really have a question but this thread has reminded me I haven't done made them in a while, I now want a soft pillowy buttery naan with charred bits!

zipzap Thu 20-Mar-14 00:00:54

I just wondered if you had any tips on making a great (but simple!) Bombay Potatoes - they're dh's favourite and although I keep trying to make them I never really get it right. I've managed all sorts of random potato curries, which are nice most of the time! but it would be fantastic to surprise him a dish of proper homemade Bombay Potatoes!

I've got a pretty good selection of Indian spices to use at as I like to cook things from fresh rather than use ready-made sauces or jars of stuff.

Thank you so much! thanks

bishbashboosh Thu 20-Mar-14 06:29:05

I am obsessed with Indian cookery but I have yet to find a good base recipe that I can make in bulk and freeze for when u don't have much time.

Also do you make your own curry pastes to freeze?

offblackeggshell Thu 20-Mar-14 09:21:34

I have finally manage to tempt my youngest into curry with your Spice Tailor Korma - she loves it with chicken, or butternut squash. What would you recommend as a next step?

LordEmsworth Thu 20-Mar-14 09:42:00

Similar to a previous question - I have your veg book, and love it, but am always looking for recipes I can reheat later for packed lunches. What's your best (veggie!) recipe for an exciting lunchbreak?

isitme1 Thu 20-Mar-14 11:14:08

Hi Anjum.
My question is
im not the best cook and I can cook chicken, lamb and mince but they are getting boring. We are Pakistani, I never learnt while I waa growing up as I didn't have to and omce I got married and moved out I feel a lil stuck. What recipe would you recommend for this situation
hubby isnt all that adventurous so that doesn't help!
Thank you flowers

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Mar-14 12:00:02

Anjum is with us and ready to start the webchat. Everyone who joins the chat will be entered into a draw to win a SIGNED copy of Anjum's latest book (which is fabulous). Welcome to Mumsnet Anjum.

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:00:20

Good Morning! Welcome to my webchat. Looking forward to getting stuck in!

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:03:07

isitme1

Hi Anjum.
My question is
im not the best cook and I can cook chicken, lamb and mince but they are getting boring. We are Pakistani, I never learnt while I waa growing up as I didn't have to and omce I got married and moved out I feel a lil stuck. What recipe would you recommend for this situation
hubby isnt all that adventurous so that doesn't help!
Thank you flowers

Gosh, how about some lovely, easy spiced fish or a big hearty bowl of lentils. Equally, I love to spice up duck breasts and once cooked slied and serve them in a flavourful salad. It is good to keep the flavour but change the way in which you serve the meal. Give it a try. x

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:05:35

LordEmsworth

Similar to a previous question - I have your veg book, and love it, but am always looking for recipes I can reheat later for packed lunches. What's your best (veggie!) recipe for an exciting lunchbreak?

I love making spiced (dry) beans and lentils and then incorporating the into salads with some grille$d vegetables and a light dressing the following day. I also love to add whole cooked spelt, barley or quinoa for added satisfaction and to feel like it is a complete meal. x

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:07:20

offblackeggshell

I have finally manage to tempt my youngest into curry with your Spice Tailor Korma - she loves it with chicken, or butternut squash. What would you recommend as a next step?

The Keralan coconut curry is another coconut one but with flavours of the South which would work. Alternatively, you can't go wrong with the Tikka Masala sauce. BOth can be ade with chicken and vegetables. HOpe he enjoys them. x

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:09:50

bishbashboosh

I am obsessed with Indian cookery but I have yet to find a good base recipe that I can make in bulk and freeze for when u don't have much time.

Also do you make your own curry pastes to freeze?

I have to confess I don't freeze a curry paste but there is no reason why not. In Indian restaurants and homes, we often make an onoin/tomato curry paste that we refrigerate or freeze for later use. I'll ask Mumsnet to put one up later. It is so versatile. x

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:11:47

zipzap

I just wondered if you had any tips on making a great (but simple!) Bombay Potatoes - they're dh's favourite and although I keep trying to make them I never really get it right. I've managed all sorts of random potato curries, which are nice most of the time! but it would be fantastic to surprise him a dish of proper homemade Bombay Potatoes!

I've got a pretty good selection of Indian spices to use at as I like to cook things from fresh rather than use ready-made sauces or jars of stuff.

Thank you so much! thanks

Hi, i do a great Bombay Potato recipe in Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast. Mumset is posting a link for you. x

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:13:10

TheJumped

I make your easy naan breads often, if I make a soup from leftover veg and put some spices in, then dunk the naan into it. Yummy. I don't really have a question but this thread has reminded me I haven't done made them in a while, I now want a soft pillowy buttery naan with charred bits!

I know the feeling, especially as it is coming up to lunchtime! We should both make some later! x

Spirael Thu 20-Mar-14 12:14:35

I'm delaying popping out of the office to grab my lunch in order to be here, but reading about all the delicious food is making me incredibly hungry. Doh!

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

JollyGolightly

Hello! I once had the most amazing garlic pickle, made by a friend of a friend, who would not divulge the secret! Since then I have dreamed about the pickle and hoped to one day make something that resembled it, but I have no idea where to start. Can you help?

I might be able to help but would need to know more. Many regions have their own version of garlic pickle. Which part of India did your friend come from. Was it a coarse red looking paste?

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:16:56

Cantdothisagain

Hi Anjum, I love your food. I particularly like the lamb Rogan josh from I love curry and the snack food in your vegetarian book. I've served quite a few of your curries to guests but I confess I often cheat and buy starters from M&S! What would be your go-to menu for a relaxed dinner for friends that wouldn't involve getting too stressed in the kitchen at the last minute? Thank you for reading!

Aboslutely, there are any that i turn too when friends are coming over. This was one of the reasons i wrote the new book Anjum's Quick and Easy Indian, i wanted all the easy recipes in one place. Have a browse in your local bookshop, it won't disappoint! xx

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:18:48

ShoeWhore

Hi Anjum, love your recipes. I was just wondering what your favourite recipe is?

I don't think i have a fave... I don't even think i can choose a favourite one from each book. I suppose it depends what i am in the mood to eat, the weather and what is in my fridge. I do cook a lot of lentil curries though. x

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Mar-14 12:19:52

AnjumAnand

zipzap

I just wondered if you had any tips on making a great (but simple!) Bombay Potatoes - they're dh's favourite and although I keep trying to make them I never really get it right. I've managed all sorts of random potato curries, which are nice most of the time! but it would be fantastic to surprise him a dish of proper homemade Bombay Potatoes!

I've got a pretty good selection of Indian spices to use at as I like to cook things from fresh rather than use ready-made sauces or jars of stuff.

Thank you so much! thanks

Hi, i do a great Bombay Potato recipe in Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast. Mumset is posting a link for you. x

Here's a link to Anjum's Bombay Pototo recipe

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:21:44

CountThalim

I've been working through a few of your recipes for my family, managed to persuade my wife out of her comfort zone with a couple of them. smile

Tikka Massala is supposed to have been an Indian dish adapted for the UK and so creating a new dish. Have you ever thought about doing a book dedicated to the fusion between Indian food and the countries it has ended up in? Not just UK but America, France, China etc?

CT

You know what, i thought about something similar last night. I think that would be a really interesting book as Indian food keeps evolving and absorbing all the influences around it. I will keep it in mind. Thank you for suggesting and any other thoughts out there for the next book are welcome! Tweet me @Anjum_Anand. x

Calypso2 Thu 20-Mar-14 12:21:50

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

CountThalim Thu 20-Mar-14 12:23:25

smile If you did it would be on my list. I'm sure I can come up with a few other ideas, though it will mean digging out my twitter account and brushing off the cobwebs.

CT

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:23:39

weebarra

Hi Anjum, enjoy your recipes - can I ask what you use in your own blend of garam masala? Thanks!

Hi, I grind together Indian Bay leaves, black cardamom, mace, cloves, black peppercorns, cassia bark. My garam masala is quite strong but really aromatic and warming. Definitely worth trying. x

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:25:00

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer

Hi Anjum
Your recipes are great. We love Indian food - so full of flavour. I was wondering what non-Indian cuisines you like to eat and/or cook & if you find a lot of other cuisines bland in comparison?
Looking forward to the webchar.
Thank you.

I don't think i do find other cuisines bland. I grew up on this side of the world so am able to appreciate all the flavours as long as it is well made. Having said that, these days i do veer towards Asian and Oriental food in general. x

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:25:31

missisboot

No questions off the top of my head but v excited to see Anjum here - I absolutely love her recipes and recommend her indian made easy book to everyone I know grin

Thank you for joining and adding that lovely comment! x

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Mar-14 12:28:49

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?

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:29:45

Spirael

Wonderful to have you here, Anjum. I am a huge fan! Your books and television appearances have both converted and educated me. I love Indian food but was always worried about cooking it from scratch as it seemed so long and complicated. I was also worried about getting the spice levels wrong.

You've taught me how to easily put together healthy, everyday Indian themed meals for my family. I have the confidence to assess spice levels as I'm cooking and I even now make things up as I go. We don't eat a lot of meat, so your provision of many lovely vegetariThat is a realan recipes is wonderful. Thank you so much. smile

In particular, we love making (and eating...) paneer as a family! It's so easy, even my three year old loves getting involved. Really confuses nursery when they ask her what she was doing at the weekend and she tells them about cheese making-!

For my question: I have a friend who has the genetics which mean coriander tastes soapy to her, and consequentially it puts her off a lot of Indian food. She's also not keen on anything too spicy.

Is there an alternative I can use for ground/fresh coriander or coriander seeds, or can you recommend any recipes that don't include coriander but also aren't particularly spicy?

That is a really sweet story. My daughter says the same about making naans with me at home and stuffing them with her own choice of ingredient and making "naanwiches".

Fesh coriander is quite different in flavour to coriander seeds. I would leave fresh coriander off the recieps but might still include ground coriander as it adds a little flavour and thickens a curry. Having said that, it is not a strong tasting spice so if she is sure she doesn't like it, you could leave it out altogether. The recipe might suffer but only a very little bt (depending on what you cook). ALso, have a look, if you haven't already, at Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast for lots of simple mild vegetarian recipes. Also, you can always leave the chilli out completely.

God luck with it.

WhatUsain Thu 20-Mar-14 12:30:40

Hi Anjum, I was just wondering what key spices I could add to my cooking to give it a lovely authentic curry flavour?

JollyGolightly Thu 20-Mar-14 12:30:42

I'm the garlic pickle person! It was dark brown, sticky and delicious. I want to say south Indian but that might be wrong...

SheKnewSheWasRight Thu 20-Mar-14 12:31:07

Hi Anjum,
In cooking for the family, I am very conscious of trying to get a balanced and healthy diet for us all; to that end, have you ever considered including details of the protein / carbs / calorie / fat etc content of your recipes in your books?
Thanks smile

subzerotemp Thu 20-Mar-14 12:31:14

Hi Anjum, love your simple, easy-to-follow recipes. When are you doing your next TV show?

teaandcustardcreams Thu 20-Mar-14 12:31:20

Hi Anjum,

Which region of India influences your cooking and/or your food preferences the most?

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:31:48

OldBeanbagz

I have a well used copy of your Indian Food Made Easy and your Simple Pilaff is a firm family favourite but my rice keeps ended up sticky. What's the best way to avoid this?

Wash your rice in several changes of water or until the water remains clear. If you are using a water to rice ratio method, maybe there is too much water involved. If you are boiling the rice like pasta, one the rice is just cooked (around 7 minutes), drain all the water, leave the pan on a low heat for another 30s and then cover and allow the rice to sit in the steam. It should be perfect.

LoveBeingCantThinkOfAName Thu 20-Mar-14 12:32:17

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.

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:34:15

Shells

Hmmm. Yum. What is the key to making a good dal and why do my lentils always stick to the bottom of the pot?

I don't think there is a trick as such. Lentils will need to be stirred if they are quite thick or there isn't enough water in the pot. Also, it is nice for lentils to start breaking down in the water for that homogenous lentil curry (if that is what you are making). After that, it is all about the tarka. Just about to film a video cooking the quickest ever tarka dal for Mumsnet so keep an eye out for it. x

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:35:54

teaandcustardcreams

Hi Anjum,

Which region of India influences your cooking and/or your food preferences the most?

I suppose my favourite regional food is Punjabi as that is what i grew up with but i think the biggest influences now are that meals need to be light, varied and quick and easy to make.

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:37:04

subzerotemp

Hi Anjum, love your simple, easy-to-follow recipes. When are you doing your next TV show?

Thank you for saying so.With TV you never know. Hopefully, there will be another. Thee is lots of talk right now but it is early days yet. x

jazzshoes Thu 20-Mar-14 12:37:51

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

zipzap Thu 20-Mar-14 12:41:14

Many thanks thanks Anjum and Mumsnet for posting the Bombay Potatoes recipe - I'll definitely be trying it this week. DH will be thrilled grin

I will dig out our copy of your Indian Food Made Easy and make some other dishes to accompany it - it will do me good, this has made me realise I've slipped into a rut, relying on my usual 'same old' dishes in a hurry, rather than making the time to delve into recipe books and try something new!

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:41:35

SheKnewSheWasRight

Hi Anjum,
In cooking for the family, I am very conscious of trying to get a balanced and healthy diet for us all; to that end, have you ever considered including details of the protein / carbs / calorie / fat etc content of your recipes in your books?
Thanks smile

I suppose I haven't as i feel if you eat a freshly cooked and varied diet full of different grains, pulses and vegetables, not much fried food and have a balanced plate, that you are eating quite healthily. I don't really think of food in terms of numbers. Maybe I should but that might change my enjoyment of my, generally healthy, meals. I do feel everything is good for you in moderation.

Chopstheduck Thu 20-Mar-14 12:42:13

oooh just spotted this!

I love your instant naan recipe, was life changing for us, means I don't have to spend an hour in the kitchen making roti for 6 of us every time we have indian food.

I would like to ask if you have any tips to stop yoghurt based sauces splitting? I keep it over a low heat, but it still seems to split, especially on reheating.

Love the look of the new book - the thought of avocado pani puri has me drooling!

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:42:15

zipzap

Many thanks thanks Anjum and Mumsnet for posting the Bombay Potatoes recipe - I'll definitely be trying it this week. DH will be thrilled grin

I will dig out our copy of your Indian Food Made Easy and make some other dishes to accompany it - it will do me good, this has made me realise I've slipped into a rut, relying on my usual 'same old' dishes in a hurry, rather than making the time to delve into recipe books and try something new!

We all get into ruts. Hope he enjoys them. x

CorusKate Thu 20-Mar-14 12:42:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

motherinferior Thu 20-Mar-14 12:42:25

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?

jazzshoes Thu 20-Mar-14 12:42:47

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

jazzshoes Thu 20-Mar-14 12:44:30

What is the secret to perfect pilau rice?

AnjumAnand Thu 20-Mar-14 12:44:40

Chopstheduck

oooh just spotted this!

I love your instant naan recipe, was life changing for us, means I don't have to spend an hour in the kitchen making roti for 6 of us every time we have indian food.

I would like to ask if you have any tips to stop yoghurt based sauces splitting? I keep it over a low heat, but it still seems to split, especially on reheating.

Love the look of the new book - the thought of avocado pani puri has me drooling!

Tha pani puri (and book in general) are great. But then I am as biaised as they come! The best way to stop yoghurt from splitting is to stir it really often or contnuously as it hits the pan until it has come to a boil. Then you should be fine. Oh, also, use a full fat yoghurt as this helps keep it stable. 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

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

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 12:48:03

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.

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

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 12:52:09

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

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

Thanks for the tips xx

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

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 12:55:45

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

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

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 12:58:45

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 12:59:15

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 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

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

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

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.

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

Thanks I will show that to dh

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

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

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

Thank you Anjum will try some fish flowers watering at mouth

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

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

Message deleted by MNHQ. Here's a link to our Talk Guidelines.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now