Super Spices

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Spices, not only do they add a touch of flavour and warmth into our food but many of them also have secret superhero abilities. The power to heal, to improve and to help us feel healthy both inside and out.
But what are these super spices and how exactly do they have an impact on our bodies?

 

Turmeric
Turmeric is one of the ingredients found within popular curry powder blends and whilst it is a tasty little spice, it also has some pretty impressive anti-inflammatory abilities too. Turmeric contains curcumin which has been shown to inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells and even protect against colon and stomach cancer too.

Ginger
When it comes to settling a disgruntled stomach, many people turn to ginger. However, what they may not realise is that this popular spice can also help when you the feel the burn after a workout. Studies have shown that people who consume just one teaspoon of ground ginger a day for 11 days saw a 25% reduction in the pain they felt after a workout. This is because it contains gingerol, a chemical that is thought to reduce inflammation and block pain signals being sent to the brain.

Cinnamon

If you find yourself struggling with a diet plan and yo-yoing in weight, perhaps cinnamon might have the answer for you. It is believed that the antioxidant compounds in cinnamon will change the way your body metabolizes glucose. This means that it keeps your blood sugar levels at an even keel and stops you feeling those cravings and hunger pangs.

Cumin

Believe it or not, but cumin seeds provide you with 22% of your daily iron requirement. Iron, is key for keeping up your energy levels as well as ensuring that your immune system is ready to take down any illnesses that may try and attack it!

Fenugreek

Due to its estrogen-like properties, fenugreek seeds have been found to help lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS. In India and China it has also been used to treat arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils), treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux. So a definite all rounder.

Black Salt (Kala Namak)
This special salt is found in the Himalayan mountain ranges and has some excellent health benefits that you should know about. In India, black salt is often prescribed for patients with high blood pressure or those who require a low-salt diet. Why? Because black salt is low on sodium, and so doesn’t raise the blood pressure like normal salt does.

Curry Karaoke

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Did you know that here at Cafe India we offer amazing curry karaoke nights? Fusing our authentic and delicious cuisine with a fun party atmosphere its the perfect way to celebrate any occasion.

Our fantastic 3 course big buffet includes your Cafe India favourites; curries, pakoras, starters, salad bar, cakes all the accompaniments and many more. Theres something for everyone. Is there anyone in your party not keen on Indian food? No problem. We can make fresh European and Chinese dishes too.

Karaoke and music all night our parties will keep you entertained throughout. Private function suites are available or there are sharing options for that extra atmosphere if you have a small party.

There is a minimum of 15 people required to book, for 15 – 20 people the price is only £26.95 but or 20 or more guests only £20.95 per person! With a deposit of £10 per head, your booking is secured and you can book in as far in advance as you like.

Whatever the occasion, birthdays, hen party, stag do, anniversaries, Asian parties, corporate events, staff nights out or maybe you and some friends want to get together and have a great night out. We promise you a fantastic night out!

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Here are some reviews from our part goers;

Jackie Collie
5 star – Google Review 

“Had a fab night on Saturday 26th Jan celebrating my husband’s 50th…food was lovely and plenty of it…the karaoke was a good night…thank you for ur hospitality…”

Niamh Mary Cameron

5 star – Facebook Review

“A massive thank you to cafe India for holding my 21st! An amazing evening had by all, the staff were outstanding, the food was fantastic, couldn’t ask for a better evening!!! Thank you so so much again!”

 

Douglas Wilson

5 star – Facebook Review

“We were in the private function room downstairs, staff wonderful, the buffet that was provided was excellent and more than enough for us all, for even seconds and thirds some of the nicest curries I Have had in a while, keep up the good work”

 

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Authentic Chicken Desi

Impress your friends and family with this traditional village style curry, a firm favourite of ours!

 

Ingredients;

4 Chicken Breasts Diced

Vegetable Oil

4 Cloves Crushed Garlic

1 Tablespoon Grated Ginger

1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder

Salt to taste

1 Tablespoon Turmeric Powder

1 Tablespoon Cumin Powder

1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Coriander

400 Grams Fresh Chopped Spinach

A Handful of Sliced Mushrooms

1 Diced Onion

1 Can of Tomatoes

2 Tablespoons Tomato Puree

Method;

1. Marinate the diced chicken breasts with vegetable oil, ginger, 2 crushed garlic cloves, red chilli powder, salt, turmeric, cumin and coriander and place in the fridge. The longer you leave the chicken to marinate the more the spices will saturate the chicken, marinate for a minimum of 30 mins.

2. Steam cook the marinated chicken for around 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

3. Drain the water and in a separate pan add 30ml of vegetable oil, the spinach, mushrooms, onions, the other 2 crushed garlic cloves, tinned tomatoes and tomato puree add more red chilli powder if you would like it hot and some salt to taste.

4. Add the chicken once the vegetables are cooked and bind together by adding 60ML of single cream.

5. Serve with Naan, Chapati or Rice and enjoy!

How to ; Dal Vada

Manoj is back to teach you another recipe that you can do at home! This time we are going to teach you how to make Dal Vada, a delicious vegetarian dish of lentil dumplings. Impress your guests with this authentic Indian dish!

DAL VADA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 4 people.

Ingredients;

Chickpea lentils 100 grams

Red lentils 50 grams

1 chopped onion

A handful of chopped coriander

1 Table Spoon chopped fresh ginger

1 chopped green chilli

1/2 a Tea Spoon of baking powder

Vegetable oil

 

Method;

  1. Wash and soak all the lentils in water for 4 hours.
  2. After 4 hours drain the water.
  3. Roughly grind in a food processor.
  4. Add the coriander, ginger, onion, green chilli and baking soda and mix together in the food processor.
  5. Heat up vegetable oil in a pan about 2cm deep or use a deep fat fryer if you have one.
  6. Using your hand form the lentil mix into a small dumpling and add to the hot oil.
  7. Fry until golden brown.
  8. Place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  9. Serve with yoghurt raita and tamarind sauce.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Quick & Easy Chicken Korma

Chicken Korma is an extremely popular dish here at Cafe India, a mild, creamy curry made fresh and with no nuts!

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Here our head chef Manoj teaches you how to make this Indian staple at home with this easy and delicious recipe for a family of 4! The perfect meal to make at home to warm up those cold nights.

Ingredients;

Vegetable Oil

1 onion chopped

1 tablespoon Tumeric Powder

1 tablespoon Coriander Powder

1 tablespoon Cumin Powder

1 tablespoon Ground Ginger

1 tablespoon Tomato Puree

Red Chilli Powder if you like it hot!

Salt to taste

100ml Single Cream

50ml Coconut Cream

 

Method;

1 – In the pan heat vegetable oil and add chopped white onion, add all seasoning and heat until onion is golden brown.

2 – Add tomato puree to form a paste.

3 – Stir in chicken and simmer until cooked through.

5 – Add 200ml of water and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.

4- Add single cream and simmer until a sauce is formed.

5- Add coconut cream to thicken up and add that creamy coconut taste to your Korma!

5 – Season to taste with salt or red chilli powder if you desire and service with rice or naan!

 

 

 

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How To; Traditional Chicken Curry.

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Welcome back to our blog! Above is our head chef Manoj in 2000 receiving an award from India’s first minister for coming 1st place in a cooking competition. People travelled from all over India to compete and watch this competition that was to create dishes that included Mango. Manoj won with a King Prawn and mango dish which was a clear winner as soon as he presented his dish.

This week I will share with you one of Manoj’s recipes to recreate traditional chicken curry at home. Come back weekly to learn some amazing recipes from this award-winning Chef!

 

Ingredients;

1kg bone on or boneless chicken

10 cloves of green cardamom

250 grams sliced white onions

200 grams of fresh tomatoes

200ml vegetable oil

10 grams of crushed coriander seeds

10 grams cumin seeds

25 grams turmeric seasoning

25 grams cumin seasoning

5 grams Kasuri methi

100 grams ginger and garlic paste

200ml water

Salt and pepper to taste

Red chilli powder if you like it hot

 

Method;

1 – In the pan heat vegetable oil and add sliced white onion, season with the cumin, coriander and cardamom and heat until golden brown.

2- Add your ginger and garlic paste, all other seasonings and Kasuri methi.

3 – Stir in chicken and simmer until cooked through.

4 – Add fresh tomatoes and stir until gravy appears.

5 – Add 200ml of water and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.

6 – Season to taste with salt or red chilli powder if you desire and service with rice or naan!

 

 

 

 

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