Urad & Chana Dal Masala otherwise known as “Maa Chole ki Dal” is one that is commonly relished in Punjabi households. Made from tempering a combination of split urad dal and chana dal (split bengal gram) lentils in a typical Punjabi masala, this dish never fails to satisfy at dinner time! This is a favourite of my Pops, especially when served with red onion, raw mango pickle and fresh hot tandoori chappatis. Creamy in texture and spicy in flavour, it’s not hard to see why it tops his list (well..he doesn’t actually have a list..but if he did, it would!). Check out the recipe below. Comments/tweets are always appreciated!
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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..
Earlier this year, we started offering guests the opportunity to book a private party at The Spice Club with the idea that if people wanted to celebrate a birthday or special occasion, they could do so whilst enjoying a customised menu consisting of fresh, delicious, home-made Indian dishes, in an intimate surroundings with their friends or family. When I initially put it out there, I wasn’t sure how it would go down but within a couple of weeks, we had three private bookings. The first booking was from Carol and her friends. Upon booking, Carol requested if we could do a cooking tutorial so we got a planning.
We really enjoyed our first private booking. They left full and happy and later on that evening, I received a lovely message from them saying: “We had a fantastic and inimitable curry evening with you – with the BEST Indian Food I have ever tasted ! Thank you and all your family so much for your wonderful welcoming hospitality !!!”
Our second private booking was from food blogger, Natalie (www.butteredcrumpet.wordpress.com). Natalie had dined with us before earlier in the year and had reviewed us on Taste of Manchester . She later re-booked a private party with us and brought along her family! I was especially looking forward to hosting Natalie’s private supper club as that was the first supper club I hosted on my own without the help of my Ma! Thankfully, everything went smoothly and Natalie and her family enjoyed themselves.
Our third booking was from Jools who had also dined with us before and joined us again with his friends and family to celebrate his birthday. Jools told us he wanted the menu to be a surprise but he did request we include our paneer stuffed okra dish which he tried the last time he came!
We’ve had a blast hosting private parties so far and look forward to hosting a lot more! If you would like to book a private table at The Spice Club, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org