Last Saturday, we hosted our Indian Street Food cookery class at The Spice Club! We had an eclectic mix of students attend who arrived eager to learn how to prepare the delicious culinary delights that are regularly served on the roadsides in India.
Ma and I set a menu featuring regional street food snacks hailing from the north of India all the way to the south. From Puris (fried puffed breads) served with Jeera Aloo (spiced cumin potatoes), Stuffed Cauliflower Parathas served with Cucumber Raita to Urad Vada (doughnut shaped dal pakoras) served with Sambar Dal and Coconut Chutney. Hungry yet?!
Last Saturday we hosted our Indian Street Food supper club. Our intention from the beginning was to showcase what authentic Indian street food is all about to our guests. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to India several times (over 15!). It’s a truly amazing country full of so much vibrancy, colour, culture and (of course) amazing food. The vastness of Indian cuisine never ceases to amaze me. From the delicious paper thin dosas in South India cooked on hot plates, to mouth watering North Indian Afghani chicken roasted in charcoal tandoors, there are so many different types of appetising dishes on offer! India’s huge range of cuisines can be seen best on the streets. Stopping at a road side vendor for a quick snack, on the way to work or whilst running errands in the city is a way of life for Indians. On one street you may see road side vendors serving up anything from hot samosas and spicy aloo tikkis to freshly pressed sugar cane juice!
Re-creating street food back in Manchester is one of my favourite things to do in the kitchen. In preparation of our street food supper club, Ma and I created a feast of a menu for our guests to enjoy..
Last Saturday saw the celebration of The Spice Club’s 2nd Birthday! We celebrated in style by hosting a home-made, grand, Indian feast with a menu featuring a mixture of classic Spice Club favourites and new dishes too. It doesn’t feel all that long ago when I approached my Mum with (what I thought was) a simple proposition…inviting strangers into our dining room for dinner. Of course without hindrance my Mum being the sensible and responsible parent she is, said no. After a little (a lot of) persuasion however, we were on the way to establishing our very own underground restaurant from our home! At our very first event we hosted a supper club for 8 guests.. 2 years on, we now host monthly dinners for 30 guests. I can’t believe how much we’ve grown over the last 2 years and would like to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to all of our guests who have dined with us and supported us so far! Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are now! We’ve shared a lot of amazing moments with you over the last couple of years and as a result have made so many friends.
Since The Spice Club’s feature on the Hairy Bikers, we have been inundated with requests for our Shahi Kofta Masala recipe which was shown on the episode. This is a delicious vegetarian dish that is made from fresh lotus root kofta balls cooked in a Punjabi masala and peas. You can also add paneer which adds a lovely texture and takes the dish to the another level! Fresh lotus root is usually available at most Indian and Chinese grocery shops. (If you can’t get fresh you can also get it in a tin). We have made this dish at a few of our supper clubs and we always receive rave reviews. Many guests comment on the “meaty” texture of the koftas and are surprised that it is actually vegetarian! So without further a do, check out the recipe below. Comments are always appreciated and if you make it, tweet a pic to @thespiceclub!
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending my first secret tea room event at Vintage Afternoon Teas hosted by Gwyneth in a beautiful part of South Manchester (I can’t comment much more on the location-after all, it is a secret!). This was the first time I got a taster for what it’s like for my guests when I send out The Spice Club’s secret location which made the whole experience all the more exciting.
We were warmly welcomed and given a refreshing Iced Tea on arrival. It was great to see some familiar faces as I walked into Gwyneth’s lovely home. I bumped into Lynn from The Secret Tea Room and Sheila, a girl who had been a guest at my supper club event the night before! I also had a bit of a “Tweetup” with some guests that I had been talking to on Twitter so it was great to put faces and real names to Twitter ID’s. I also got the chance to mingle and meet some more of Gwyn’s guests. After everyone had introduced themselves to each other we took our seats at the dining table and read over the menu. I was instantly excited. Continue reading