Saturday, 31 January 2015

Dhaniya Spices, Recipe, Review and Giveaway.

I'm a firm believer that every meat dish should be seasoned well, ideally overnight, to ensure maximum flavour. I'm also a firm believer in using good quality spices, pastes and rubs to enhance  flavour so was pleased to discover Dhaniya , Authentic Indian cooking when at BBC Good Food Show.  I'm actually a big fan of the website and the recipes available online show the versatility of the pastes and rub, with my favourite recipes including Pomegranate Chicken and Curry Penne Carbonara. I've used many Indian pastes and seasoning in the past as these are fundamental when making a curry dish for example, however I was incredibly impressed by the range of pastes and rubs that Dhaniya sells such as: Pomegranate rub, Lamb Rub, Bombay Potato Rub and Classic Curry Paste. Each luxury paste is thoroughly described in terms of the spices, heating  and the flavour. With paste ranging from £2.99 to £3.69 these products are an affordable taste of luxury.
Dhaniya Paste
The lovely people at Dhaniya sent me a selection of their pastes and rubs: Pomegranate Rub, Fish Curry Paste and Spiced Korma Paste. I instantly decided to make my adaptation of Pomegranate Chicken  served with Bindi Bartha (Stuffed Okra). I also have plans to use the fish curry paste to make fish wraps and the korma paste to make a korma of course.

Here is how my Pomegranate Chicken and Bindi Bartha using Dhaniya rub turned out:
Pomegranate Chicken

Pomegranate Chicken.

The recipe for the Pomegrante Chicken can be found on Dhaniya's website. The recipe for Bindi Bartha is taken from The Three Sisters Quick And Easy Indian CookBook.

Ingredients
500g okra, washed and drained
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
2-3 tablespoon lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon chili
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp mango powder (I omitted this)

Method
Pat dry the okra with kitchen paper to remove any remaining moisture (it must be dried well or the okra will be slimy).
Dry roast the coriander and cumin seeds from the whole spices in a hot frying pan over low hear. Stir continuously for about 2 minutes until the cumin seeds begin to darken. Transfer to a pestle and mortar and grind to a fine powder. Remove to a bowl.
Ass all the ground spices and salt, to the bowl of roasted spices. Add 1 tbsp of the oil. Mix all the ingredients and spices well by stirring with a tsp or spatula.
Cut the tops off the okra and slit them neatly with a knife from about a thumb's length from the top to the bottom tip. Stuff the okra lengths on both sides with the spiced paste. Press together to close and place the okra on a plate.
Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry for 5-6 minutes, turning slowly to cook on all sides.
Remove with a slotted spoon onto kitchen paper. Serve hot as a vegetable dish with dal and rice.

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109 comments

  1. Good old favourite a nice Korma

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  2. i would love to try the pomegranate rub. sounds interesting

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  3. Your recipe sounds delicious so I'd have a go at recreating it

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  4. I'd like to use the fish curry paste with some fresh cod

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  5. A nice Korma perhaps, or a Tikka Masala xx

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  6. fish curry - I usually stick to chicken

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  7. A Chicken Korma

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  8. Pomegranate chicken sounds great!

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  9. I would go for a nepalise chicken dish

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  10. A nice chicken korma for the hubby

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  11. Fish curry and some aubergine as a side

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  12. I might use the fish curry paste into a nice Thai dish

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  13. a vegetable korma would be my first recipe

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  14. A curry, perhaps a chicken or vegetable korma - yum!

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  15. Curry- Korma for me and kids and something hotter for the bf

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  16. I have never made a fish curry would love to give it a go

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  17. I'd love to try the spiced korma paste in a marinade for roast veg.

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  18. the dish you made sounds tasty.

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  19. Spiced chicken kebab and a fish curry

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  20. I'd experiment with butternut squash bakes

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  21. Dauphinoise Potatoes in a creamy korma sauce with pomegranate shredded duck with crispy spicy fishcakes!

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  22. i might try a fish curry it will be my first

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  23. Fish curry probably, with brown rice. My partner likes to make her own spice mixes, but it is handy to have some pastes ready made.

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  24. You mentioned the Curry Penne Carbonara and think I would give that a go as it sounds lovely!

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  25. I've never made a fish curry so would love to try that

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  26. I would pass these ingredients over to my hubby and say - 'one of your finest curries please!' :-)

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  27. I would make a chicken korma and give that Pomegrante Chicken recipe a try

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  28. I'd love to try the Pomegranate chicken recipe.

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  29. I would make your pomegrante chicken - love the sound of that.

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  30. King Prawn using the fish curry paste

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  31. Faal. And a yoghurt enema for the following day.

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  32. Defo like to try the pomegranate chicken!

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  33. I'm a total beginner so I don't know, most prob need supervising

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  34. to be honest, it wouldnt be me, it would be the other half, he is the master of the indian cuisine in my household!!!

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  35. I fancy trying the pomegranate chicken

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  36. I would like to make my own chicken korma

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  37. I would love to make the Pomegranate Chicken...it looks very tempting

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  38. Love the sound of the Pomegranate rub, would maybe try it on some steak

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  39. the pomegranate chicken sounds gorgeous

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  40. I've really got into fish curries, so I'd look forward to making a salmon curry with the fish rub!

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  41. Spice rubber chicken (pomegranate), roasted with a roast veg quinoa salad.

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  42. I wpuld attempt to make a really hot, spicy curry, the hotter the better for me x

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  43. I would like to try a mild Quorn curry :D

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  44. A fish curry never tried it but i do love fish so would def give that a whirl

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  45. A fish curry, never tried that before

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  46. The spiced korma paste sounds fab so I would start with a korma

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  47. My mom makes the best curries ever so if i won i would give them to my her.
    I will be round there for tea every night :) The spiced pomegranate sounds delish though :)

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  48. I would love to make the Pomegranate Chicken

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  49. Would have to be Chicken Korma for me!

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